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The Modern Siamese cat has an exotic and dramatic appearance that was created through a concentrated effort by image-conscious breeders during the late 1960's to 1980's. They changed the general appearance of the Traditional Siamese cat from a rounded, typical profile to the exaggerated and elongated cat you see on this page. The appearance of the Siamese cat changed so completely from the ancient breed of Siam that the entire breed standard was tossed out and re-written. The Modern Siamese cat has become the norm, and is simply referred to as the Siamese cat, but the cats depicted in centuries old Russian works look nothing like them. The Modern Siamese retains the same delightful and somewhat eccentric personality that the Traditional Siamese displays. Loud, demanding, possessive, yes- absolutely irresistible to true cat lovers-totally.
Cool Cat Facts...
Siamese cat kittens are born all one color without dark points, and with cloudy grey eyes. Slowly, over the first four weeks of life, the points appear, the eyes turn deep blue, and the cat reveals its true and remarkable character.
The Modern Siamese cat is recognized by the Cat
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a very
popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed. The
Siamese is remarkably long-legged, slim and sleek, with an elongated,
triangular head, and almond shaped eyes. The ears are very large and
the face has a convex, "Roman" style nose. The coat
is cream colored with darker points of chocolate, seal, lilac, blue and
even red. The coat is short and smooth with limited
undercoat, and not much grooming is required. These are
slender, medium-sized cats that have few breed-related health
issues. Unique in the cat world, the Siamese personality needs to be
to be appreciated and may ultimately be one of those "love 'em or hate
'em" situations. Become familiar before taking the plunge with this
breed. Because it is active and demands attention, the
Siamese cat can be a terrific family cat for folks who can give them
lots of attention.
Shape: The head should be a long, evenly proportioned,
tapering wedge with straight lines, to a fine muzzle. A wedge, as
viewed from the top or front, is created by straight lines from outer
ear bases along sides of muzzle. The total wedge starts at the nose and
flares out in straight lines to the ears forming a triangle, without a
break in jaw line at the whiskers. When the whiskers are smoothed back,
the underlying bone structure is apparent. In profile, a straight line,
without a dip
or a rise, is seen from the center of the forehead to the tip of the
nose and from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Ears:
pointed, wide at the base, continuing the line of the triangle formed
by the head.
Eyes: The eye aperture should be almond shaped with an Oriental slant
toward the nose, so that a projection of the line, from the lower eye
corner to the upper eye corner, would extend to the center of the ear
base. Eye color clear, deep vivid blue. Deeper colors preferred. Dilute
body colors may have a slightly lighter eye color, this is allowed.
Body and Tail: Medium in size, long, lithe and svelte Overall body structure to be fine boned, firm and muscular The neck should be long and slender and carried to display length, not telescoped between the shoulders. The legs are long and proportionately slim, hind legs longer than front; proportioned to carry body length and weight gracefully. Feet: Proportionately small and oval in shape.Tail: The tail should be narrow at the base, long, tapering and whippy, giving the effect of slenderness and length without visible kink or visible abnormality or any joint. Tail to be in balance with size of cat.
Coat: Short in length. Accepted colors are Seal or Blue Points with a body color of cream, tan, beige, or near white in Blue Pointed cats.
Pattern: The body color should be even with slightly darker shadings across the shoulders, back and top of hips shading gradually into lighter color on the chest and belly. Allowance will be made for darker color in older cats, as Siamese darken with age. The mask, ears, legs, feet and tail should be clearly defined in darker shades, but merge gently into body on legs [except Red, Cream, Red Lynx and Cream Lynx Points. See those colors for allowances]. The mask covers the entire face and is connected to the ears by tracings. Allow for color development in kittens and young adults in the dilute and red genes. Paw pads and nose leather to be included in the point colors, as described in the color standard.
Overall Appearance: This should be a hard-bodied and lean cat with a long, lean torso, and fine boned limbs. They should feel rather heavy when lifted and be neither soft nor thin. Exceedingly exotic in appearance, very bold in personality.