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    Himalayan Breeders and other related Links

    History

    The Himalayan cat is a combination of a Siamese and a Persian cat.  The goal was to create a Persian-style long-haired cat with the Siamese colors.. The features  that reflect a Siamese cat are a colorpoint pattern and the colors, and beautiful blue eyes.  The physical characteristics of the Himalayan are similar to those of the Persian Breed.

    The body of a Himalayan is white, but the points come in many different colors: blue, brown, lilac, chocolate, flame, red and cream. The points can also be tabby or tortoiseshell-patterned.

    Type and characteristics

    Coat

    The body of a Himalayan is white, but the points come in many different colors: blue, brown, lilac, chocolate, flame, red and cream. The points can also be tabby or tortoiseshell-patterned.

    Color

    The color of the body ranges from a white to a cream or light fawn color. The point color can be with or without the Lynx or Tabby pattern. With the Lynx pattern,  tabby stripes are confined to the points and the mask only, and the "M" marking seen on the Tabby Persian is visible on the mask of the Lynx Point Himalayan.

    In some feline registry organizations  the Himalayan cat is considered a separate breed. Within the Cat Fanciers Association, Inc. (CFA), the world's largest registry of cats, the Himalayan is currently a division of the Persian breed.

    The rarest color Himalayan is Chocolate Point, with very few bred per year

    Temperament

    These cats are sweet-tempered, intelligent, very social and good companions. Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats they tend to be more active than ordinary Persians

    Due to the amount of inbreeding involved in breeding these cats commercially, they are prone to genetic deformities and have a greater likelihood for developing inherited problems such as joint problems, organ abnormalities, and particularly Polycystic kidney disease (a progressive, genetic disorder of the kidneys)

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    Himalayan Breeders and other related Links

    The Cat Fanciers Association Breed Description
    http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/persian-him.html

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