Himalayan blue tabbypoint
Thueringen's Blue Moon
Breeder: Kathrin & John Kobe,
Thueringen's cattery, Germany
The colour is restricted to certain areas:
There is a so called mask in the face, the ears, the legs and the tail are coloured, the body is almost white.
The eye colour is always blue.

The coloured areas can be also with stripes (tabbypoint), and sometimes those cats are called Lynxpoints.

Persian Colourpoint (Himalayan) seal point
Ayser's Moonlight Serenade
Breeder: Maarit Lindholm, Finland
The colours recognized vary from organization to organization.
Mostly the following colours are recognized:
  • seal point
the points are dark brown
  • blue point
the points are blue-grey
  • chocolate point
the points are milk-chocolate
  • lilac point
    You will read here also frost point.
the points are dove-grey with a slight pinkish colour tone.
  • red point
the points are dark orange
  • cream point
the points are cream
  • tortie point
the points are seal and orange patched
  • blue-cream point
    or blue tortiepoint
the points are blue-grey and cream patched
  • chocolate tortiepoint
the points are chocolate and orange patched
  • lilac tortiepoint
the points are lilac and cream patched

Himalayan tortiepoint

Uno Painted Up Her Face of Thueringen
Owner: Kathrin & John Kobe,
Thueringen's cattery, Germany

  • The coloured areas can be also with stripes:
    Sometimes tabbypoint is called lynx-point.
In some organizations also the following colours are recognized:
  • cinnamon point
the points are cinnamon
  • fawn point
the points are dull beige
  • cinnamon tortiepoint
the points are cinnamon and orange patched
  • fawn tortiepoint
the points are fawn and pale cream patched
  • And those colours are - of course - also recognized as tabbypoints in those organizations.


Standard ACFA
Standard CCA
Standard TICA
Standard WCF

The Himalayans are called here Colorpoint.

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Breed profile

The Himalayan is also called Colorpoint.


The modern typed Himalayan is medium to large in size, the body is short (called cobby). The legs are short and strong. The bone structure is rather solid.
The head must be round (also when viewed in profile), the skull is broad with a well rounded forehead and dome.
The ears are small and placed rather deep

For a detailed description of the body and the head look at the Persian.

The coat colour is different, the Himalayan has a Siamese pattern, i.e. it has points:
The face, the ears, the legs and the tail are coloured with colour, the body is almost white. The body colour mostly has a very slight tone of the colour of the points and might get darker shaded, when the cat becomes older.



The Himalayan, often referred as Colorpoint, in former times up to 1950 called Khmer, is a man-made breed, resulting from cross breeding between Siamese and long-haired cats done by the Swedish geneticist T Tjebbes in 1924. This breeding program was continued in North America in 1931 breeding black Persians to Siamese and resulted in the first longhair pointed cat born in 1936, named Newton's Debutante.
In 1931, Virginia Cobb (Newton Cattery) and Dr. Clyde Keeler (Harvard Medical School) began an experimental breeding program to find out the inheritance involved in producing a Colorpoint Longhair. They crossed black Persians with Siamese, and got black shorthaired kittens, which were bred together. The result was "Newton's Debutante", they also published an article  in the American Journal of Heredity that detailed the "formula" by which she had been produced.
Siamese-Persian Cats, Clyde E. Kyler, Virginia Cobb, Journal of Heredity, v. 27, No. 9, Sept. 1936
Crosses with Siamese Cats, K. Tjebbes, Journal of Genetics, V. 14, p. 335, 1924

In the 1950s a Colorpoint Longhair stray named "Bubastis Georgina" was picked up by Brian Stirling-Webb (Briarry cattery).
Inspired by her looks,  he began together with Mrs. S.M. Harding (Mingchiu cattery) to develop this variety further.

1955: Colorpoint
Briarry Gohar bred by Brian Stirling-Webb

In 1955 the breed was recognized by GCCF as Colourpoint, as a colour group in the Persians.

Breeding of pedigree Himalayans in the United States started in 1950.
In the 1950s Ben Borrett (Chestermere cattery), a rancher and cattle judge in Southern Alberta, Canada, began a similar breeding program to create a longhair colorpoint cat. He and his wife, Ann, imported several colourpoint longhairs from Brian Stirling-Webb (Briarry cattery). In 1957 they exhibited two of their imported cats of Briarry cattery at an ACFA show in Calgary, and were asked to write the breed standard for the Himalayan.
Marguerita Goforth, a California artist and cat breeder (Goforth cattery), started her breeding program with a cat of a friend,  obtained from the San Diego Humane Society, which was a longhaired cat with seal point coloring and named "Princess Himalayan Hope". Mrs. Goforth used the standard of the Borretts.

In 1957 the Himalayan was recognized by CFA first as a separate breed, using the standard made by Mrs. Goforth. In 1984 CFA combined the Himalayans with the Persians.

In 1971 Mrs. Graziani (Jubilee cattery) Canada, who bred Himalayans and Silvers in her cattery, had an accidental breeding between one of her Himalayans and one of her Silvers. She kept one of the offspring from this breeding, and bred that kitten back to a Himalayan. From that breeding the first lynx-point (tabbypoint) - "Jubilee's Daneena" - was born, who was shown in a cat show one year later.
In 1975 Carolyn Baker (Sandypaws cattery), Florida, discovered a surprise in the litter of a "tortoiseshell" CPC (Colourpoint carrier), when a seal point kitten from that litter (Pershima Daffodil) developed ghost stripes, as she thought. However, as she continued to grow up, the striping didn't go away as expected, but became more and more distinct.
In 1982 the tabbypoint Colourpoint (seal and blue tabbypoint) were recognized by CFA.



The Himalayan is a talkative cat, very gentle and of sweet personality. The cat is very affectionate to people. They combine the temperament from the Persian and the Siamese, they are very alert, but still they are not seriously in a hurry.



Himalayans have a very thick woolly undercoat, but this goes hand in hand with matting. They have to be combed and brushed constantly to keep their coat free from knots and mats. They require daily care. Do not plan to have a Himalayan unless you have enough time for grooming. You have to give them a bath on a regular basis to keep their impressing and wonderful coat shiny and silky.


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