The coloration coat of a Himalayan is due to the combination of a partial albinism genes that allow color to appear only in cold areas of the body
The idea of combining in a single cat the the most attractive characteristics of the two most popular breeds, the color pattern of the Siamese and the long hair of the Persian, emerged at the beginning of the last century. The first specimens of this type were obtained in 1922, when Swedish geneticists crossed white Persians with traditional Siamese (seal point). At this time little was unknown on how these characters were inherited. By getting a partial success, they put aside their attempts.
In the 1930s, geneticist Clyde Keeler, from the Harvard Medical School, and Siamese breeder Virginia Cobb, from Boston, Mass., tried to do the same as the Swedes, but crossing Siamese and dark color Persians (black, smoke and silver). From the cross of a female Siamese and a black male Persian in 1931 they obtained three short-haired black cats, and kept a male, which was called Newton Bozo. Next year they crossed a long haired black female with a male Siamese, obtaining a short-haired black female, called Newton Bizie. In 1933, the crossing of both hybrids, Bozo and Bizzie, produced a long-haired black female, Newton Babbit, which when crossed with his father, Bozo, in 1935 produced five puppies: two with Siamese aspect, two with black long hair and a female Himalayan, called Debutante. This kitten had the color pattern of a Siamese and long hair; her slender and elongated body, however, was more similar to a Siamese than to a Persian. Several years of work were still needed to obtain the compact body like a Persian.
The Himalayas debuted in an exhibition in the 1950s. In the 1960s they were recognized as a breed apart, although is also valid to consider them as a color variety of the Persian. Currently it is possible to cross Hymalayans with Persians (also with Exotic shorthairs) to maintain, fix or enhance its kind, because if Himalayans are intercrossed for generations, some unwanted features, such as the long, thin body of the Siamese, may reappear.
The coloration coat of a Himalayan is due to the combination of a partial albinism genes that allow color to appear only in cold areas of the body (pointed), as the tips of the legs, tail and years, the mask of the face, whereas the rest of the body is light colored. The Himalayas are accepted in all colors (seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point, red point, cream point and tortie point). Also the same colors with different patterns such as lynx point, which adds to the color the tabby (striped) pattern, and bicolor (its color plus white).
Female - Seal Tortie Point
Sire: QGC Grimper Kevin of Mexicats
Dam: CH Queenking Puqui of Mexicats
Female - Blue Point
Sire: Alomi Marquis Macon of Mexicats
Dam: Mexicats Kenia
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