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Siamese seal point
Int.Ch. D-Shiva's Ashea
Breeder: Michael Gähle, D-Shiva's cattery, Hannover, Germany
 
The points can have many different colours:
  • seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point
    These colours are called the 'traditional' colours.
CH Jesicat's Serendipity
Breeder: Melissa Gorham, Jesicat's  cattery, Southern Maryland, USA
 
  • red point, cream point
  • cinnamon point, fawn point
  • and all tortie points
  • and all those colours with tabby points
A Vienna Blue
Cats of A Vienna Blue
Breeder: Christel and Peter Schirrer, A Vienna Blue cattery, Vienna, Austria
 
  • In some federations also points with the Dilute Modifier are recognized: caramel
    see GCCF.
Siamese apricot point
Ch. Highiq Goingforgold
Owner: DiClarke, Applejack cattery, Norfolk, UK
Siamese caramel tabbypoint
Applejack X Quisit
Breeder: DiClarke, Applejack cattery, Norfolk, UK
For the Dilute Modifier see the chapter Genetics, Gene Dm.
 
  • In some organizations also silver pointed Siamese are recognized, i.e. the points are with silver, called smoke point for the non-tabby varieties and silver tabby point for the tabby varieties.
  • In some organizations also bicolor Siamese are recognized.
    In FIFe they are called Seychellois Shorthair.
 

Remarks:
In CFA and CCA Siamese only have the 4 traditional colours (seal, blue, chocolate and lilac), all other colours are recognized as separate breed: Colourpoint Shorthair.

 
  • A special colour is white. These white Siamese with blue eyes are called Foreign White.
Siamese white (Foreign White)
Okonor Agraba
Owner: Wendel Stoop, Silver Fox cattery, Günsberg/Solothurn, Switzerland
 

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Breed profile

The Siamese is of medium size, the body is slender and long, yet with a very well developed muscle strength, which is quite hard and firm. The legs are high (long) and slender with fine oval paws. The boning is fine and delicate.

The head builds a long wedge which tapers to a fine muzzle. The nose is absolutely straight and long. The jaws are fine built. When viewed in profile, a long straight line can be seen, which starts at the top of the head and continues straight to the tip of the nose. When viewed from the front, the outer edges of the head build a long triangle.
The skull is rounded, in some organizations the top shall be flat.
The neck is long, slender and graceful, thus emphasizing the elegant lines of the Siamese.
The eyes are almond in shape and slanted to the base of the ears. Their colour is of a striking deep blue. This combination between the almond shape and the oblique placement of the eyes emphasizes the oriental appearance of the Siamese.
The ears are large, wide at their base, thus completing the triangular shape of the head and continuing the outer lines of the head.

The coat is extremely short, very fine and lies sleek to the body. When you stroke the coat you get the feeling of pure silk. The main characteristic of the Siamese is the coat colour, the Siamese is a pointed cat, i.e. the colour is restricted to very few parts of the body. In the face there is a mask, ears, legs and tail are coloured, the rest of the body is almost white. This contrast between the coloured points, the white body and the deep blue eyes makes this breed very attractive.

The tail is very long, rather thin and tapers to its tip.

 

History

It is supposed that the Siamese is originated in Siam (Thailand). On ancient paintings one can see an elegant cat, whose ears, paws and tail are dark coloured, with a mask on its face.
The Seal Point Siamese was known as the Royal Cat of Siam, because it was found in palaces. It seems to be well known in the ancient city of Ayudha, the ancient capital of Siam, founded in 1350 and destroyed by fire during the Burmese invasion of 1767. "The Cat Book of Poems" (1903 describes Seal Point Siamese with pale coat, having black tails, feet and ears with white hair and blue eyes.
An early description of the Seal Point Siamese in 1676 calls the breed "Vichien Mas" ("diamond mouth") and drawings show an extreme expression of the colourpoint pattern (dark ears, nose, paws and whiskers).
In 1884, the departing British Consul, General Gould was given a Siamese cat by the Siamese king, which he brought to England, and its progeny were exhibited at Crystal Palace in 1885.
The early Siamese of England and America resemble very little the modern type of today's Siamese. Those Siamese had a shorter body, round eyes and a round head, and were called 'apple head'. See the Siamese breed standard by Harrison Weir of 1892.
The first champion Siamese, Wankee, was born in Hong Kong in 1895 and exhibited in 1898.
"The Book of the Cat" of 1903, edited by Frances Simpson, includes contributions from several breeders of Siamese cats, acknowledging that also blue, black, white and tabby existed in Siam, but states that only the "Royal Siamese" and "Chocolate Siamese" were recognized in England at that time. The first Siamese fanciers club was founded in Britain in 1902, at which time they were apparently variable in type, with a compact type or with a lithe type.
Breeders in the USA, end of the 1960s, and breeders in Britain worked with different colours of Siamese-typed cats e.g. ebonies, reds, chestnuts and lavender. Lynx-points (tabby points) were bred in Britain. Tabby Point Siamese had been mentioned as early as 1902 in Britain. Between 1944 and 1949, they were bred in Scotland and known as Silverpoint Siamese. In 1966 the Tabby Point Siamese was granted recognition by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).
During the early 1960s, the "robust" Siamese lost out to the longer thinner type, and by 1986 the old-style Siamese had vanished from the shows. In the 1960s a large amount of Siamese could be admired on American exhibitions, 50 up to 60 cats were quite usual. This started to change in the 1980s, and today already a class of 10 Siamese is considered as a large class.

 

Temperament

Siamese cats are talkative cats, they can get quite loud sometimes. Females, which are in heat, and lonely studs can cry with an ear splitting voice. The Siamese loves to communicate with her owner. They are active cats, who like to play. If they feel lonely without any playmate, they create one, and anything will be dedicated to become their playmate. Siamese like to jump quite high, but they keep their balance between the narrowest things with great elegance, thus disrupting or disturbing very seldom something.
Siamese are no outdoor cats, they like a cozy warm place - their normal body temperature is 1°C higher than in other cats. They like to sleep on top of radiators, the television or the computer, or anything which creates heat.
Siamese love their owners and demand attention and affection, they enjoy riding on their shoulders or cuddling on their knees, or to cuddle in bed under a warm blanket.
These extremely intelligent cats make very good companions for people, who like to have constant companionship. Siamese will follow you, wherever you go, if you sit down, they will sit on your lap, if you eat, they will sit besides you on the chair, without being demanding or begging for food, if go to bed, they will enjoy to sleep in your bed with you. Siamese will be your friends for a life time.

 

Grooming

Siamese require little grooming. Rubbing their coat with chamois skins will remove dead hears and will produce a silk-like glistening coat.

 

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