Long-haired cat with markings (Colourpoint), in the United States is known as a Himalayan cat , breed created by man while during experiments in breeding, trying to solve the problem of genetic diseases in cats. Swedish geneticist, Dr. Tjebbes, in the twenties of the 20th century, crossed Siamese, Persian and Birman cats.
Then, in the thirties, two researchers at Harvard Medical School, concluded that it was necessary to continue crossing – this time with a known pedigree cats – to achieve the inheritance of certain characteristics. They mated a Siamese cat with smoky, silver tabby and a black long-bristle Persian cat, but this time in a deliberate attempt to obtain a sample with a Siamese cat Persian hair and body type.
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First, long-haired Himalayan kitten with labels, named Debutante, Okotie 1935. Meanwhile, other breeders in the United States and Britain also experimented to develop this beautiful breed cats.
They called a Himalayan cat, but not because of any geographic relationship with the mountain chain, but because the name used for the same color swatches in other farmed animals, such as rabbits. In Britain, the breed is accepted – but called long-haired cat with markings (Colourpoint) – 1955.
Growing Himalayan cats with pedigree in the United States started serious fifties of the 20th century, but since the breeders did not appear at the exhibitions, there is little cat lovers know something more about the breed before 1957, when two such cats came to the exhibition in San Diego, California, and there caused a sensation.
Two kittens were presented to the President only based associations ACFA when asked for the status of the breed. When he saw Scores court, voted 15 to 1 in favor of the recognition and the recognition of the CFA is followed in the same year.
While this is only one of many long-haired breeds of Siamese patterns, long-haired with tags (Colourpoint – Himalayan cat), one can immediately recognize its wide head, small ears with rounded tops, short, thick, powerful legs, bushy tail, a short nose, long, thick and silky coat.
The judges considered ideal dense marks and light-colored body, but long hair Himalayan cat does not allow the same density of color marking what we see in Siamese cats. The reason for this is the fact that the Siamese pattern depends on the temperature.
Since the hair is longer Himalayan cat, catches more air than lying short hair Siamese cat, and it weakens the color designation. Mask adult long-haired cats with labels – Himalayan cat cover the face, but it should not extend over the rest of the head – although males with larger masks than females.
During the early history of the breed, some associations recognize only certain colors, but today it is at this exotic and beautiful breed recognized labels black, blue, chocolate, purple and red (flame) color, and all the colors kornjačastih tag and all colored striped markings.
In an effort to create a monochrome chocolate haired, intersected the long-haired with tags / Himalayan with Burmese cats. Thus, the resulting offspring have been developed in the breed now called tiffannie.