There are 20 recognized colors of the Himalayan cat, which is technically a coat variation of the Persian breed. All these wonderful variations are light, fluffy, and positively frothy confections of kitty cat!
In this article, we’re going to give you some basic information about Himalayan cats, details about each of the 20 recognized colors, as well as grooming tips to help keep your cat looking purr-fect!
Himalayan Coat Patterns
There are two Himalayan coat patterns as recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association – the leading authority when it comes to cat shows, competitions, breeds, and colors.
Himalayan Point Pattern
The more common, and the most classic-looking Himalayan pattern is simply the point. The body is solid, even color in light shades such as ivory, fawn, and cream. The solid points create a stark contrast, and consist of a darker color on the legs, feet, tail, ears, and face or “mask.”
Lynx point refers to the patterning of the points of the Himalayan. A lynx point Himalayan has dark, clearly lined stripes of color on their extremities, as opposed to solid.
Himalayan Coat Colors
1. Chocolate Point Himalayan
The body of this scrumptious cat is ivory with points of chocolate brown. Think warmer, milk chocolate tones! Their noses and paws are a dark or “cinnamon” pink color and their eyes are always a vivid, deep blue.
2. Seal Point Himalayan
The body of the Seal Point Himalayan is a warm, pale shade from cream to fawn that shades gradually lighter toward the chest and stomach. Their points are a dark, almost wet-looking seal brown (which is how they get their name as the Seal Point Himalayan), as are paw pads and nose.
3. Lilac Point Himalayan
One of the rarest colors of all the Persian coats, the Lilac Point has an icy white body and points of pale but warm gray. Their eyes are intensely blue, and noses and paws a delicate lavender-pink.
4. Blue Point Himalayan
These cool colored kitties are blue all over: the body is an icy, bluish-white; points are a cold, dark blue; slate blue nose and paws; sapphire blue eyes.
5. Flame (Red) Point Himalayan
The fiery contrast to the Blue Point, Flame Point Himalayans are all warm tones: creamy white body; deep orange or red points; nose and paws a lively coral pink; eyes of ultramarine.
6. Cream Point Himalayan
An overall lighter shade, the Cream Point Himalayan has a white-colored body like frothed milk and points only a touch darker in a buff or custard shade. Their eyes are a vibrant blue, and nose and paws are a shade of coral or flesh.
7. Tortie Point Himalayan
A body of pale fawn to creamy white, and seal brown points with patches of cream or red define the Tortie Point Himalayan. They can have either coral pink or seal brown nose and paws. Eyes are always deep blue.
8. Blue-Cream Point Himalayan
A warmer tone of blue, the Blue-Cream Point Himalayan has a creamy white to bluish-white body and blue points with cream patches. Their noses and paws come in pink or slate blue, and their eyes are Prussian blue.
9. Chocolate-Tortie Point Himalayan
Another delicious confection of a feline, these cats have ivory bodies and chocolate points with unbrindled patches of cream or red. Noses and paw pads range in warm, sandy pink tones from cinnamon pink to coral.
10. Lilac-Cream Point Himalayan
Lilac is an exceptionally hard to come by color but striking in its beauty: glacial white body; lilac points with cream patches; cool pink or lavender-pink nose and paws; eyes like lapis lazuli.
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11. Seal Lynx Point Himalayan
The first of the stripped pattern Lynx Point colors, the Seal Lynx Point Himalayan’s points are a light, beige brown brindled with dark brown tabby markings. The body is a warm-toned, fawn to pale cream. These cats have either a brick red or seal brown nose and paws, and deep blue eyes.
12. Blue Lynx Point Himalayan
A body of icy, bluish-white and points in silvery blue with brindled, dark blue tabby markings signifies this cool-toned cat. Their nose and paw pads can be blue or a dusky old rose, and eyes are midnight blue.
13. Flame (Red) Lynx Point Himalayan
The warm sister to the cold Blue Lynx, Flame Lynx Point Himalayans have bodies of creamy white and points of deep orange flame brindled with dark red tabby markings. Their paw pads and nose are coral pink to flesh tone, and eyes are deep violet-blue.
14. Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
The Cream Lynx Point Himalayan has a body creamy white that is barely, but noticeably, lighter than the pale cream points with dark cream brindling. Nose and paws are either flesh or coral pink, and eyes are deep blue.
15. Tortie Lynx Point Himalayan
Like your favorite glasses’ frames, these cats are a delightful patchwork of beige-brown points with dark brown brindling and red patches. Their bodies range from light cream to the white of freshly steamed milk, and their nose and paws are brick red, coral pink, or seal brown.
16. Blue-Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
A cool, bluish-toned white body and blue points with dark blue tabby markings and cream-colored patches. Nose and paw pads can be pink, old rose, or blue. Eyes are a deep, Oxford blue.
17. Chocolate Lynx Point Himalayan
These warm-toned cats have ivory bodies and milk chocolate points brindled with dark chocolate tabby markings. Their nose and paws can be coral or cinnamon pink, and eyes are a vibrant blue.
18. Lilac Lynx Point Himalayan
These pale, frosty cats are rare and highly sought after: body of glacier white; frosted grey points with a pink tone and dark lilac tabby markings; lavender-pink nose and paw pads; eyes of deep cobalt.
19. Chocolate-Tortie Lynx Point Himalayan
An ivory body and milk chocolate points with dark chocolate tabby markings and red patches make the Chocolate-Tortie Lynx Point Himalayan one frothy mug of kitty cat! Their eyes are a warmer, navy blue and nose and paws are coral or cinnamon pink.
20. Lilac-Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
Like some kind of delightful ghost cat cookie, these cats have icing white bodies and pale grey points with a tinge of pink, brindled dark lilac tabby markings, and cream patches. Their eyes are midnight blue, and nose and paws range from coral to lavender-pink.
About Himalayan Cats
Himalayan cats are actually a sub-breed or “colorpoint” coat variation of the Persian cat breed. The term colorpoint describes the overall coat pattern of a solid, lightly colored body with darker color pooling at the “points,” or extremities of the body.
The Persian is an ancient breed and can be found documented in hieroglyphics that date as far back as 1684 BC. They are commonly believed to have come from Persia – a long-haired cat occasionally peeking out from amongst spices exquisite rugs on a desert caravan across the Middle East – but experts are mystified to this day as to the exact origins of this magnificent cat.
These regal cats are beloved for their luxurious, silky fur and sweet faces. They have gentle personalities and a quiet voice that some describe as musical. Himalayans are companionable, talkative, expressive cats that make a charming pet for adults and children alike!
You may even recognize the breed as they have been used in Hollywood from time to time, one of the most well-known being Mr. Jinx, or Jinxy, the Seal Point Himalayan from Meet the Parents.
Grooming and Care
Whatever the color, the magnificent, flowing coat of the Himalayan Persian cat requires daily care. Brush them every day to prevent hairballs and tangles. Occasional baths and nail trimmings will also help keep their coat healthy and beautiful!
The wide face and large eyes of the Himalayan mean that some are prone to tearing, or watery eyes. This is rarely a health concern, being much like the “sleep sand” that accumulates in our own eyes. Teary eyes are easily remedied with gentle daily eye cleaning or face washes.
Which creamy, dreamy shade of feline is your favorite?
The sweet-faced Himalayan cat comes in all manner of delightful color combinations. From frosty whites and blues, to flaming reds and oranges, to chocolates and lilacs that recall a French pastry case.
Whichever color you choose, we hope that this collection of downright delicious Himalayan colors helps satiate your sweet tooth and brings a smile to your face.
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- Himalayan Coat Patterns
- Himalayan Point Pattern
- Lynx Point
- Himalayan Coat Colors
- 1. Chocolate Point Himalayan
- 2. Seal Point Himalayan
- 3. Lilac Point Himalayan
- 4. Blue Point Himalayan
- 5. Flame (Red) Point Himalayan
- 6. Cream Point Himalayan
- 7. Tortie Point Himalayan
- 8. Blue-Cream Point Himalayan
- 9. Chocolate-Tortie Point Himalayan
- 10. Lilac-Cream Point Himalayan
- 11. Seal Lynx Point Himalayan
- 12. Blue Lynx Point Himalayan
- 13. Flame (Red) Lynx Point Himalayan
- 14. Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
- 15. Tortie Lynx Point Himalayan
- 16. Blue-Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
- 17. Chocolate Lynx Point Himalayan
- 18. Lilac Lynx Point Himalayan
- 19. Chocolate-Tortie Lynx Point Himalayan
- 20. Lilac-Cream Lynx Point Himalayan
- About Himalayan Cats
- Grooming and Care