Himalayan Breed Brief:
The Himalayan cat's body has the exact same standards of the Persian, medium to large, of the "cobby" type, low on the legs, broad and deep through the chest, equally massive across the shoulders and rump, and with a sweet "pansy" face. The Himalayan should have good muscle tone with no evidence of obesity. Its coat is long and thick, of fine texture, glossy and full of life. A wide variety of colors is permissable.
In the CFA, the Himalayan is considered as just another color of the Persian breed. In TICA, the Himalayan is considered a separate breed, but is included in the Persian Breed Group, which also includes Exotic Shorthair cats.
The AACE judges the Himalayan under its own separate breed standard.
If Persians are the number one cat in popularity, the Himalayan color division has to play a large part in that favor. The Himalayan is a result of breeding Persian to Siamese, to retain the Persian type while adding the unique "pointed" coloration of the Siamese. A remarkable success, one would gather, from the large number of Himalayan breeders.
A Himalayan can be a lovely pet, sweet of disposition, loving and loyal. However, be prepared to pay your dues in terms of the time you'll need to spend brushing, combing, and grooming this lavishly lovely cat. If you don't want to spend the time, consider an Exotic instead.