The Siamese is distinguished by its brilliant blue eyes and coloured points on ears, face, tail and feet, which provide a striking contrast to its light-coloured body.
Siamese were first officially exported from Thailand, or once known as the exotic Siam, in the late eighteen hundreds. The first Siamese to appear in England were a gift from Siam to an ambassador who brought them home. They began appearing in English cat shows almost immediately, and in American shows by the early twentieth century.
With their sleek lines, striking colour contrast, aristocratic heads, deep blue almond eyes, and short silky short, the Siamese is an extremely beautiful and elegant cat. The Siamese is also considered one of the oldest breeds of all our cats. They are intelligent cats with an inquisitive personality and a loving nature. Today this ancient breed has become the most popular of all pedigree cat breeds.
Another distinctive feature of the Siamese is its legendary voice. They are great communicators and like no other cat speak both with their voice and with their body. Siamese are also very people oriented cats. They love company and spending time with their humans and are real lap cats. Siamese owners find the beautiful looks and social nature of the Siamese with their short coat that requires no grooming irresistible.
The Siamese is a small to medium sized slender and elegant cat with a long body, neck and tail with a long wedge shaped head. The main point colours include blue, chocolate, lilac and seal. The seal points are the best known variety and were the first to be recognised. Seal points have pale fawn bodies and extreme almost black points. The chocolate came second with creamy white bodies and milk chocolate points followed by the blue point that has a bluish-white body with slate blue points. Last was the delicate looking lilac point with a white body and pinkish grey points. Other more recently introduced colours include the red and tortie point.
Siamese cats with a rounder, more moderate body and head type than today's show Siamese are called Traditional Siamese, also know as the Applehead or Classic Siamese. They are also talkative, affectionate cats, and appear in traditional seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac point colours. The Traditional Siamese is not considered a separate breed by most breed registries and normally are registered simply as Siamese. The Traditional or Applehead Siamese does not compete at cat shows.
The Siamese also has the most captivating eyes seen on a feline. Eyes are an almond shaped deep vivid blue, set on a slant, an eye's width apart with an intelligent, curious and emotional expression combined in one that is the essence of the Siamese.
Siamese Cat Club Original Cat club catering exclusively for the Siamese cat.
SICC Siamese Internet Cat Club.
TSCA Traditional Siamese Cat Association in the UK.
Seal Point Siamese Cat Club GCCF affiliated cat club for the Seal Point Siamese.
Tabby Pointed Siamese Cat Society Promote breeding and exhibition of Tabby Pointed Siamese.
Balinese and Siamese Cat Club GCCF affiliated club for breeders and owners of Siamese and Balinese cats.
Guide to Owning a Siamese Cat by Brenda Yule.
Siamese Cats by Stuart A. Kallen.
Siamese Cats by Ron Reagan.
Siamese Cats : Everything About Acquisition, Care, Nutrition, Behaviour, Health Care, and Breeding by Marjorie McCann Collier, Michele Earle-Bridges.
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