Himalayans are actually a combo of Siamese and Persians (from the origin of the breed). They keep breeding with Persians to strengthen the body shape.
This is how it goes from what I've read before
Black persian + siamese = short haired black cats
Now... you take the short haired black cats - and breed them with a batch of other cats that have the same black perisan and siamese combo - and you get a Himalayan more or less. Since they have so many Himalayan cats now - they just breed those together.
I'm sorry about the lack of sorces for this post - I can't remember if I read it out of a cat encyclopidia or a cat breeders magazine.
I dont' get what you mean on your website by "self" cats. I've never heard this term before, can you tell me what it is? Also -- I've only ever heard of "lynx point" -- not "tabby point." Is this different?
ForJazz, in the first time escuse me for my bad english .
In the "FIFe language", self is a simple colour (blue, red etc., without smoke or lynx), when all hair have the same colour from root until point (you understand me? :roll: ) and "tabby" yes, is "lynx" (FIFe use this word for that).