hmm so for my first go at breeding show stock himi wouldnt be the way to go? I wouldnt be showing them properly till next year so Id have a year to get them to a fair standard- whatever I breed. What other varieties would be good for a first timer?
As Cait says, adding pet stock into breeding lines is never going to win you anything in a show.
As I said, if you want to get some even half decent himalayans, you need show stock siamese and show stock PEWs, as it's the cross of these two is what gives you himalayans. No it's not an easy first variety... but if your heart's in it, why not go for it? there isn't really any "good" varieties for a first timer if you ask me. I think realisticly you need to have a long hard think about what variety you are doing, and stick with it. Theres no point in starting on a variety, then have to change later on when your no longer a first timer, the other varieties aren't going to get any "easier" to breed.
sounds rich coming from me, as i wanted to do himalayans, but I am too picky and to get the result I wanted it would have taken years and A LOT of stock, which I don't have the room for, but I would do it if I had the space. (I wanted black pointed ones). Moved onto the Argentes, but they've not bred well for me, and I didn't get enough stock to be able to carry on with what I've got.
Hey ho, we learn from our mistakes.
But it's quite possible you can get show himalayans from good stock of siamese and PEW, so if you love them, go with it. Just don't try be too ambitious like I was! Only do what you have the time and space for.
*gets off soap box*