The Chinchilla is one of the oldest Persian breeds, as the formation of the Society in 1908 testifies. It developed from the chance mating of a Silver Tabby and a Blue in the late 19th century and, after many generations of selective breeding, has been transformed into the stunningly beautiful cats we see on the show bench today. From such an inauspicious beginning, it would be surprising if all subsequbnt kittens were silver, and leads on to suspect that a few "golden brownies" could also have appeared in thos early litters. Breeders no doubt kept quiet about their existence and sold them as pets in an attempt to protect and preserve the integrity of the pure English Silver lines.
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