Himalayan [him΄ə lā′ən, hi mäl′yən]adj.of the Himalayasn.1. any of a breed of small, white, domesticated rabbit with the tail, feet, nose, and tips of the ears black2. any of a breed of domestic cat with a stocky build, blue eyes, and a long, thick, light-colored coat shading to a darker color on the face, legs, ears, and tail, bred by crossing the Persian and the Siamese
* * *See Himalaya Mountains.
* * *also called colourpoint , or colorpointbreed of domestic cat (cat, domestic) with the colouring of the Siamese and the build and coat of the longhair, or Persian. The Himalayan is produced by matings between Siamese and longhairs followed by selected breeding of the offspring to bring out the proper colouring, coat, and build. A good Himalayan is cobby (of stocky build) and short-legged with long, soft fur, a broad, rounded head, and round blue eyes. Born cream-coloured, it later develops the darker points (ears, face, legs, and tail) of the Siamese. The points, as in the Siamese, may be deep brown (seal point), lighter brown (chocolate point), blue gray (blue point), pinkish gray (lilac point), or reddish orange (red point).
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