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Colourpoint Longhair

A dazzling fellow! (other names: Himalayan, Himmy)

Colourpoint Longhair
origin:Great Britain/USA
weight:3 to 7 kg
size: Mediumfur type: long
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History [ edit ]

The Colourpoint Longhair or  Himalayan (nicknamed "Himmy" by his fanciers) is a man-made cat breed, which breeding programme started simultaneously in Great Britain and North America, by two independent breeders in the 1930s. The objective was to develop a cat with the Persian coat and body type and the Siamese colour pattern. The breeding programme consisted of crossing a Persian with a Siamese to obtain the colourpoint gene and than mating back the offspring to Persians to retain the Persian stockier appearance and long coat. The result of these experiments are cats with the Persian physical conformation and the Siamese colour. In North America the breed was named after the colour pattern found on goats and rabbits native to Himalayan Mountains while in Europe they are designated as Colourpoint Longhairs. Himalayans, or Colourpoint Longhairs, are considered by some just a variety of the Persian while others recognize them as a separate breed. From their ancestry Himalayans gained the intelligence, the contrasting point colour and the dazzling blue eyes of the Siamese and the silky flowing coat and even-tempered nature of the Persian, a combination of beauty and sweet personality that makes this breed a regal pet.
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