Himalayan & Exotic Breed Information:
The Himalayan has long hair, stocky body type, open pansy-like faces, and placid temperament of the Persian, but with the pointed pattern similar to the Siamese. Himalayans are considered part of the Persian breed in some associations, such as Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Once they feel secure in their new environment, their sweet, gentle, personalities adapt into most households. The long coat surely prompts an indoor, protected environment with a maintenance program of a periodic (sometimes daily) combing to eliminate the potential drawbacks of tangles and hairballs. For additional information, read the Himalayan FAQ.
If you like the look of a Persian but don't have time for the daily grooming demands, the Exotics are for you. The breed was developed by crossing Persians and various shorthaired breeds (American Shorthairs, Burmese, British Shorthairs, and Russian Blues). Exotics are available in the same colors and patterns as the Persian breed. Bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat has a thick, dense, plush, short coat. The Exotic coat is unique to the breed and gives them a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Their wonderful coat requires much less combing than a Persian's and will not mat or tangle. Because of the ease of grooming for this special breed, Exotics are sometimes affectionately referred to as "the lazy-man's Persian". For additional information, read the Exotic Shorthair FAQ.