Weight: Male: 9 - 14 pounds, Female: 7 - 11 pounds
Colors: White, Fawn, Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Red, Cream tortie
Life span: 9-15 years
The Himalayan is a placid cat that exhibits bursts of kitten-like activity. She will be sleeping in the sun when she suddenly explodes, running around the room and rolling around.
The Himalayan will stretch out next to you, sleep in your bed and even sit on your lap when she is in the mood. She does not mind changes in routine and is generally friendly with anyone and everyone.
Due to their Persian ancestry, some Himalayans may have the gene that causes Polycystic kidney disease, however, a genetic test can reveal which cats carry the PKD gene, so that they may be spayed or neutered.
Like many long-haired cats, Himalayans need to be brushed daily to keep their coats looking their best and healthiest. In addition, they may need their face wiped daily, depending on the cat. Bathing a Himalayan is also recommended by some breeders, to help reduce the amount of oil on the cat's fur and skin.