Perhaps the most characteristic feature of the Himalayans are their squashed-like faces. The bulk of fur is white or cream, but the points come in colors such as: black, blue, chocolate, lilac or red. Since both parents must carry the chocolate/lilac gene, the chocolate and lilac point Himalayans are more difficult to produce. Some of the felines may carry the gene that causes polycystic kidney disease (PKD). In order to keep their coats looking healthy, daily brushing is recommended. “Himmies” are calm and gentle cats who love to be petted and groomed.