Siamese, If You Please...
We are Siamese if you don't please... Remember the two Siamese cats in
Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp?
many who know little about cats often recognize a Siamese. This is a
breed with a long history and a very distinctive look.
my part of the world, every pointed cat is mistaken for this breed.
What's a pointed cat? well, it's a cat that is all white except for his
face, all four legs, tail, and ears. It's not exactly white, but off
white. With blue eyes.
I thought my first pet cat was a
Siamese. She came into my life when I was 8 (she was born in my
brothers' room) and died of old age at 14. She was a seal point with a
mitten on her front paws (I'll describe colors in details in genetics
page) and she had a bobtail.
Definitely not a Siamese at all.
cats commonly has a creamy colored base coat with colored points that
may be seal, blue, chocolate, lilac and, later, red, lynx and tortie.
The major US cat registry recognizes only the first four. Bright
colored eyes and short coats are a hallmark of the breed and for many
years a kink in the tail was an indication of being a ‘real Siamese.’
Today the standard for the modern Siamese awards the majority of the
points at 30 each to body type and color. The head earns 20 points,
eyes 10 points and coat 10 points. The show standard calls for long
tapering lines, stressing the long body while maintaining the medium
cats are well known for their social nature and their voice. They are
the extroverts of the cat world and can be very vocal when they want
something, whether it is dinner or attention! There is little doubt
when a Siamese is unhappy! They are different than many cats in that
they are less apt to see well at night. They are dependant on people
somewhat more because of this trait.
These are highly trainable
cats as felines go. Who can forget Tao from the Incredible Journey? Or
Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp; or Syn from Disney’s “That Darn
Cat!” These are but a few of the Siamese who have been in the public
eye and it takes training to get a cat to perform for the camera,
illustrating the willingness to work with people that makes them so
The Siamese has also been a foundation breed for
other breeds including the Balinese, Burmese, Himalayan, Ocicat and
Javanese. The Siamese typically stays playful long into adulthood.
Because these cats are adored by the monks and
kept by the royalty
in Thailand, they gained their name from the original name of Thailand,
The distinctive feature of the Siamese cats is
pointed color, thanks to a mutation in Asia 500 years ago. Born in the
hot climate, they naturally have a light and svelte body compared to
the heavy, cobby British and Persians.
The Siamese many picture
are different than the modern Siamese on the show table. This was a
distinctive cat with beautiful markings. They have long been known as a
“tough” cat. In the early 1960s a longer, thinner body type was being
selected in the shows, leading to the long bodied cat seen today.
standard has actually been rewritten to accommodate this long lean body
type and by 1986 the traditional or “applehead” Siamese were no longer
shown. Some of these cats were not registered anymore but some found
that not everyone wanted the modern Siamese. Those “old fashioned” cats
were favored with many people who had a Siamese growing up. Today there
is the modern and traditional – two looks in the same wonderful cat.
Whether you are fond of the modern cats or the heavier bodied cats that
some say are impure, the Siamese is surely distinctive in the beautiful
color and charming personality. They are a low maintenance breed as far
as grooming. With an ancient history, an influence throughout the cat
world and a solid future, the Siamese remains a favorite among those
whom are chosen as the favorite person of a Siamese.
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