Himalayan Persian Cat Colors

by Susan Dorling, Demand Media Google
    The cream point Himalayan Persian cat has a creamy white body with buff-cream points.

    The cream point Himalayan Persian cat has a creamy white body with buff-cream points.

    Gracefully draped atop a sofa or curled in your favorite chair, the presence of a Himalayan Persian cat enhances any decor, much like a work of art. Bred in an array of colors, this masterpiece of a feline is not only beautiful, but also has a wonderfully sweet disposition.

    The Himalayan

    While the Himalayan is considered a separate breed by some cat registries, in the United States, the Cat Fancier's Association categorizes the Himalayan as a part of the Persian breed. It is the only Persian to exhibit points (pale body coat with darker extremities) like Siamese cats. The point patterns of Himalayan Persians consist of the ears, legs, feet, tail and mask. Each point pattern has a preferred corresponding color for nose leather and paw pads. For purists, the breed standard for Himalayan Persians disqualifies white toes and any eye color other than blue.

    The Himalayan Point Pattern and the Himalayan Lynx Point Pattern

    There are 21 point color patterns in the Himalayan and Himalayan lynx divisions of the Persian cat breed. The Himalayan point pattern is defined by a clear-colored body and points, while the lynx point pattern exhibits a clear-colored body with tabby stripes in the points. The lynx point pattern is rather rare, featuring a mask with vertical stripes that form an "M" on the forehead and light rings encircling each eye. The legs are barred in equally-spaced bracelets, and lynx-like ticking is noticeable on the outer ear. Both the Himalayan and the lynx point patterns must produce a distinct contrast between body color and point color.

    Chocolate, Seal, Cream, Lilac and Blue Himalayan Point

    Chocolate points feature rich, milk-chocolate points with cinnamon-pink nose leather and paw pads. Seal points have deep, seal-brown points and a warm-toned pale cream to fawn body color that gradually blends into a lighter color on the chest and stomach. The nose leather and paw pads are seal brown. Cream points have creamy white bodies with buff-cream points and flesh to coral-pink nose leather and paw pads.
    Lilac points have glacial-white body color with frosty, pinkish-gray points and lavender-pink nose leather and paw pads. Blue points have a cool, bluish-white body color, silvery-blue points and slate-blue nose leather and paw pads.

    Chocolate, Seal, Cream, Lilac and Blue Himalayan Point

    Chocolate points feature rich, milk-chocolate points with cinnamon-pink nose leather and paw pads. Seal points have deep, seal-brown points and a warm-toned pale cream to fawn body color that gradually blends into a lighter color on the chest and stomach. The nose leather and paw pads are seal brown. Cream points have creamy white bodies with buff-cream points and flesh to coral-pink nose leather and paw pads.
    Lilac points have glacial-white body color with frosty, pinkish-gray points and lavender-pink nose leather and paw pads. Blue points have a cool, bluish-white body color, silvery-blue points and slate-blue nose leather and paw pads.

    Flame and Tortie Himalayan Point

    Flame or red points feature creamy white bodies and deep orangey-red to deep red points with flesh to coral-pink nose leather and paw pads. Tortie points are creamy white to pale fawn with patches of red or cream. Their paw pads and nose leather can be either seal-brown or coral-pink.

    Chocolate-Tortie, Lilac-Cream and Blue-Cream Himalayan Point

    Chocolate-tortie points have an ivory body with chocolate points and unbrindled patches of red or cream. Their nose leather and paw pads are cinnamon-pink or coral-pink. Lilac-cream points feature a glacial-white body, lilac points with patches of cream, and pink or lavender-pink nose leather and paw pads. Blue-cream points have a bluish-white or creamy white body and blue points with patches of cream. Nose leather and paw pads are slate-blue or pink.

    Lynx Point Colors

    Himalayan lynx point color patterns are much the same as the Himalayan point, with a clear-colored body color and respective color points, but include tabby stripes in darker hues of the points. So, for example, chocolate lynx points have dark chocolate tabby markings, cream lynx points have dark cream tabby markings and lilac lynx points have dark lilac tabby markings.

    About the Author

    Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues. Writing on a diverse range of topics, she reflects her passion for animals, interior design, home decorating, DIY projects, crafts, motorcycles and business.

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