Reserved for the King of Siam

The Siamese breed was mentioned in the manuscripts of Siam in 1350, now Thailand. This breed was reserved for the King of Siam, and was guarded in the Palace. Sir Owen Gould, a British consul in Bangkok in 1884, got a pair named Pho and Mia. He gave them to his sister Mrs. Veley, they had babies and in 1885 they were the first champions. In the same year August Pavie, a French diplomat, also brought back two cats from Bangkok, these cats were donated to the Jardin des Plantes (Zoo). The first standards were established by GCCF in 1892 and the first Siamese cat club was established in England in 1901.

Siamese general colouring: light body with darker and well-defined points – mask, ears, legs, paws and tail. Eyes must be blue. There are different types of colours: Seal point, Chocolate point, Blue point, Lilac point, Red point, Cream point, Tortie point and tabby point that include these other colours for example seal tortie point or seal tabby point. Kittens are born white and they develop their colour on the points from day five, at the age of 12-15 months the colour is set.

Females come on heat every 2 weeks, and there is no stopping during autumn or winter. They are very early in puberty and go on to heat as early as 5 months old.

The Siamese cat is a well-balanced animal, the head must be wedge-shaped, long and well proportioned. The wedge starts at the tip of the nose and flares out in straight line to the tips of the ears, forming a triangle. The ears are large and pricked, wide at the base. The eyes must be oriental shape and the body medium in size, long, svelte and elegant. The legs proportionately slim, hind legs slightly higher than the front legs. The tail must be long, tapering and whip-like. The coat short and fine in texture, glossy and close lying.

Siamese are extroverts and very dog-like in their devotion to their owners and animal companions. They don’t like to be alone and don’t like to be ignored. They are very sensitive and emotional and they love companionship.

Siamese cats are intelligent, curious and friendly. Siamese cats are exclusive, very jealous and they have a lot of love to give.

Siamese are hyperactive and without any fear, care must be taken when they are reared.

Siamese love to play, so toys are a must!

Siamese will walk after the human and talk to them, they are vocal. This is a loyal and loving feline who will pine if given little or no attention.

Breeds derived from Siamese: Balinese, Bengal, Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Colourpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Longhair, and Oriental Shorthair, Savannah, Snowshoe, Thai Cat, Tonkinese, Mekong Bobtail, Cornish Rex, Sphynx and Peterbalds.

Information Provided By:

Natasja van Antwerpen of African Catz Cattery: Siamese & Orientals

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