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Himalayan Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
The area where the animal first came from
North America
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
60cm (2ft)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
4.5kg (10lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
14 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Blue, Lilac, Fawn, Cream
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Easy-going, calm and playful

Himalayan Location

Map of Himalayan Locations
Map of North America


The Himalayan cat (also known as the colourpoint Persian) is a mix-bred cat originally bred from the Siamese cat and the Persian cat. The Siamese was used for the fur markings and the Persian cat for their long fur and pretty features.

The modern Himalayan cat shares the characteristics of both of its ancestors, but the Himalayan cat is one of the longest-haired cats in the world meaning they must be brushed regularly to prevent the Himalayan's fur from knotting.

The Himalayan cat is sweet natured and loves human attention. The Siamese cat traits in the Himalayan cat make it more active than the Persian cat but more affectionate than a Siamese cat.

Today, the Himalayan cat is one of the most popular breeds of domestic cat and is found in households all around the world. Himalayan cats do however require a lot of attention, as their long fur must be maintained and they must be kept amused.

Due to the rounded body shape and short legs which the Himalayan cat inherited from the Persian cat, the Himalayan is generally less active than other domestic cat breeds, and their build also tends to inhibit their jumping abilities.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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