Siamese

The Siamese is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is believed to be from South-East Asia, and may be descended from the sacred temple cats of Siam. The breed was first seen outside of Asia in 1884. The British Consul-General in Bangkok, Mr. Owen Gould, brought a pair of the cats back for his sister, Mrs. Veley (co-founder of the Siamese Cat Club in 1901). The cats were shown at the Crystal Palace in 1885, and the following year another pair (with kittens) were imported by Mrs. Vyvyan. A small number of cats were brought in over the next few years forming the base breeding pool for the entire breed in Britain.

As a result of thousands of generations of selective breeding and the pressures of competition there are now actually two sub breeds of Siamese ? the modern show Siamese, and the traditional or “apple-headed” Siamese. Modern show Siamese have been bred to be extremely elongated, with bodies slender to the point of emaciation, and a Y-shaped head with an extremely long muzzle and extra-large “batwing” ears. The traditional Siamese are much sturdier, with a round head and ears more in proportion to their size. Siamese cats often have a kink in their tails, because the original breeders saw that as a unique feature of the breed. In recent years the kinked tail has been considered a “flaw” and breeders have largely eradicated it from the Show Siamese. Both breeds of Siamese have almond-shaped eyes.

All Siamese have a creamy base coat with colored “points” on their muzzles, ears, paws and lower legs, and tails. Originally Siamese were all seal-pointed, but now they have been bred in all of the standard cat colors including red, lilac, blue, chocolate, lynx-point, or tabby and tortoise-shell. In the United Kingdom, all pointed Siamese-style cats are considered to be part of the Siamese breed. In the United States, however, only four colorations are considered Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, and lilac point.

The dark coloration on the coat is produced by an enzyme that is heat-sensitive; it fails to work at normal body temperatures, becoming active in cooler areas of the skin (such as the ears, legs, tail and face). All Siamese kittens, although pure cream or white at birth, develop visible points in the first few months of life. By the age of four weeks the points should be distinguishable enough to recognize which color they will be.

Description
Country of Origin:
Thailand
Coat:
Shorthair
Grooming:

Siamese need very little grooming. Their coats are very short and close-lying with no noticeable undercoat. Their favorite grooming tool is your hand, applied gently down their backs.

Temperament:

Like all Oriental cats, they are extremely talkative and demanding of attention aand are well known for their talent for communicating with their human friends. If you crave peace and quiet this breed may not be for you. The Siameses loud raspy yowl can be a bit annoying to some, but Siamese fanciers value the breed’s skill at communication. Siamese are masters at human manipulation with their attention-getting yowls and their belief that the world rotates around them.

Shoulder perchers and cat toy fetchers, Siamese are social and dependent upon their human companions. They are intelligent and loyal and crave attention, affection and active involvement in your life. If left alone too often, they pine. Once you develop a close relationship, however, you have a loving and devoted companion for life. Siamese cats are generally believed to be highly intelligent (by cat standards), and their behaviour usually reflects this.

Health Concerns:

Like all Oriental cats, they are extremely talkative and demanding of attention aand are well known for their talent for communicating with their human friends. If you crave peace and quiet this breed may not be for you. The Siameses loud raspy yowl can be a bit annoying to some, but Siamese fanciers value the breed’s skill at communication. Siamese are masters at human manipulation with their attention-getting yowls and their belief that the world rotates around them.

Shoulder perchers and cat toy fetchers, Siamese are social and dependent upon their human companions. They are intelligent and loyal and crave attention, affection and active involvement in your life. If left alone too often, they pine. Once you develop a close relationship, however, you have a loving and devoted companion for life. Siamese cats are generally believed to be highly intelligent (by cat standards), and their behaviour usually reflects this.

Breed Acceptance:

American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
American Cat Fancier?s Association (ACFA)
Traditional Cat Association, Inc. (TCA)
United Feline Organization (UFO)
American Cat Association (ACA)
Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
Cat Fanciers? Association (CFA)
Cat Fanciers? Federation (CFF)
The International Cat Association(TICA)

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