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Mary Alice and Bob Anderson’s Siamese Cats
The Siamese has a wedge-shaped face with brilliant blue eyes. Fine textured, glossy coat, close to the body requiring little grooming. Ears are large and wide at the base. Read about the:
The Old-Style Siamese Cat
The Old-Style Siamese cat differs dramatically from the Modern, or Wedge Siamese, which has become the accepted standard for many cat associations. If you attend a cat show today, the Siamese you will see will have an elongated, extremely slender body type; a triangular, or wedge-shaped, head; and large, bat-like ears.
The original Siamese cats imported from Siam in the late 1800s did not possess these characteristics. Photographs of their descendants from the early 1900s depict a more robust cat with a rounder, modified wedge-shaped head, or a full-cheeked, very rounded head which tapers to a slightly rounded chin.
Old-Style Siamese come in a variety of color points, including seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, cinnamon, taupe, fawn, cream, tortie, and lynx, as do their Modern cousins. Not all organizations recognize all of the colors as Siamese. Some recognize only seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac, and include the other types in the Colorpoint Shorthair category. Body color and shading will vary according to the color of the points and the age of the cat, tending to darken as the cat grows older, but there will be a distinction between body color and point color. Eye color will vary from cornflower blue to deep azure, but will always be blue, and eyes are rounded almond in shape. Old-Style Siamese are affectionate and communicative, and possess the distinctive voice that is characteristic of the Siamese breed. They are also extremely intelligent cats, scoring in the 9 to 10 range in intelligence on a feline intelligence scale of 1 to 10.
The breeders of Old-Style Siamese are dedicated to the preservation of the breed, and the majority concentrate as much on health and temperament as they do on confirmation when establishing their breeding programs. The result is a healthy, beautiful, substantial cat that makes an excellent pet with a long life expectancy.
Qualified Old-Style Siamese are eligible for registration in most major registries, including TCA, ACA, ACFA, TICA, UFO, and CFA. However, not all registries recognize them as a separate breed. In CFA, for example, qualified Old-Styles are registered in the Siamese category. TCA classifies OSS in the category of Traditional Siamese.
Old-Style Siamese cats are treasured by owners who long for the Siamese they remember from years past, and devoted breeders are proud to be a part of preserving this historical, exceptional breed of cats.
The above article is an accumulation of information gathered by the author and is not representative of any individual organization.
- BREED TYPE: Natural
- BODY TYPE: Foreign
- COAT TYPE: Shorthair
- SIZE: Medium
- TEMPERAMENT: Highly active, devoted agile and playful. Needs attention. Can be very vocal.
- COLORS: Point: lilac, blue, chocolate, seal
Recommended Web Links
The Red Point and Torte Siamese Cat Club
Traditional Siamese Forum