The Himalayan is a very attractive, medium to large sized cat that boasts having quite a short, cobby look about them. They have lovely round, domed, broad heads with a nice breadth to them, but which are nicely in proportion with the rest of a cat’s body. They have powerful, broad jaws with perfect teeth and their cheeks are prominent and full which adds to a Himalayan’s endearing, sweet looks.
They have small ears which are rounded at the tips and not that open at the base being set nicely apart and in line with the contour of a cat’s head. Their eyes are rounded in shape and large being full and set nicely apart on a cat’s face. The colour of a cat’s eyes is just as important as their shape and they can be blue, copper or green. Chins are full, well developed and strong with cats having noses which are nearly as broad as they are long. Nostrils are nicely open and muzzles short, full and broad. When seen in profile, a Himalayan has a short, snub nose with a well-defined break between their eyes. Their foreheads, noses and chins are in a straight line and necks are thick, well -muscled and short.
The Himalayan boasts having quite a cobby, medium to large sized body that’s firm and well-rounded around their mid sections. Their backs are level and short with cats having deep chests. Shoulders and rumps boast being well rounded and their legs show a good amount of bone being well developed and muscular. They have large round feet and their tails are straight and short being nicely in proportion with the rest of a cat’s body.
When it comes to their coat, the Himalayan can either have long hair all over their bodies or short coats. Longhaired cats have a dense undercoat which adds to the voluminous look of their coats and they have full ruffs around their necks. However, short haired Himalayans have slightly longer hair than other shorthair breeds. Their hair is soft, plush and dense standing well away from the body. Coat colours should be clean with subtle shadings with more mature cats having darker shading on their points which includes on their ears, legs, feet, tail and mask. Their colouring can be as follows: