Dr. Clyde Keller of the Harvard Medical School and Virginia Cobb of the Newton Cattery first developed the Himalayan cat breed in the 1930s.

Their goal was to produce a Persian cat with Siamese markings.

After several crossings of Persians and Siamese, the breeders settled on a male cat as the first official Himalayan and named it Newton's Debutante.

Himalayan's tend to have round bodies and shorter legs and come in a variety of what is known as “point colors” similar to their Siamese ancestors.


Depending on registry, these colors can vary widely.

The face ofthe Himalayan is flat like its Persian relatives, with blue eyes, large paws and a long, bountiful coat.

Being thick, this coat needs regular bathing to keep it clean, and daily brushing to avoid matting.

The Himalayan is an intelligent, affectionate cat, with a calm, easygoing nature.

They tend to get along well with other pets and older children, making them a great choice for a family cat.

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