Tosya arrived in New York February
2002, all the way from Moscow Russia from Brigantina Cattery.
Tosya is our himalayan foundation
female. Fantastic personality!
Tosya is now spayed and remains
here as a faithful companion
Real glamor cats, the himalayans
combine the luxurious sophistication of the Persian family with
the poise, good looks and markings of the Siamese. Like the Siamese
the himalayan invariably has bright, sapphire-blue eyes and a face
mask, ears, legs, feet and tail (the 'points') that are a different
color than the rest of the body.
Experimental breeding programs in
Sweden and the US during the 1920's produced the first Himalayans,
but it was not until the late 1940's after a succession of carefully
planned crossbreedings bewtween Persians and Siamese, that the modern
cat finally emerged.
Himalayans are a subdivision of
the Persian breed, whereas a few decades ago, in the CFA, they were
presented as a separate breed.
To their owners, Himalayans combine
the best of the two worlds: they have the gentle nature of the Persian,
and the spirited, conversational nature of the Siamese. They are
Himalayans come in MANY color varieties,
such as sealpoint, bluepoint, chocolate point, creampoint, flamepoint
to name a few. Crossing in tabby has also produced lynx-points in
as many colors.
breed standard describes
the Himalayan persian as follows:
HIMALAYAN (POINT) PATTERN: Body: clear color is preferred with
subtle shading allowed. Allowance should be made for darker color
in older cats but there must be a definite contrast between body
color and point color. The points, consisting of ears, legs, feet,
tail, and mask show the basic color of the cat. The ideal mask extends
from above the eyes down through the chin and stretches beyond the
eyes from side to side.
SEAL POINT: body even pale fawn to cream,
warm in tone, shading gradually into lighter color on the stomach
and chest. Points deep seal brown. Nose leather and paw pads: seal
brown. Eye color: deep vivid blue.