Imagine what would happen if you crossed the two most popular breeds of cat—Persian and Siamese. That’s exactly what breeders did back in the 1930s, and the result is the longhaired Himalayan, which some call the Himalayan Persian.

This cat inherited the stocky body and round face of the Persians, but the distinctive “pointed” coloration and the blue eyes of the Siamese, giving an appearance (obviously) of a longhaired Siamese. (Its blue is more subdued than the blue of the Siamese.)

Personality-wise, this cat seems more Persian than Siamese—fairly quiet, soft-voiced and less demanding than the typical Siamese. Thanks to a thick coat, a Himalayan also requires a lot more grooming than a Siamese does.
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