Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Colorpoint Shorthair Cats, read about the Colorpoint Shorthair Breed information, find out about the Colorpoint Shorthair Breed Standard, Colorpoint Shorthair behavior and lots more about Colorpoint Shorthairs.

Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Breed Introduction

Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

The Colorpoint Shorthair cat breed is a brightly-coated offshot of the Siamese cat breed. In fact, while in the United States the Colorpoint Shorthair's status as a separate breed is well recognized, in the UK these cats are treated as just a variety of the Siamese cat breed.

Colorpoint Shorthair Behavior/Personality

Source: Cat Fanciers Association Colorpoint Shorthair Breed Profile

Colorpoint Shorthairs generally share many traits in common with their Siamese breed cousins. Generally speaking, in terms of compatibility, they are perhaps best known as being relatively less trying for people who are allergic to cats, since they do not have as much dander as most other cats. Likewise, they do not require as much grooming as cats of many other breeds.

Colorpoint Shorthair Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Colorpoint Shorthair breed based on information in Wikipedia, March 2006.

Colorpoint Shorthairs look much like Siamese cats except for their coats. They have long, tube-shaped bodies, wedge-shaped heads and big ears, just like Siamese. Their coats come in a wider variety of colors and patterns than the Siamese cats, however: for instance, red point, cream point, lynx point, and tortie point.

Colorpoint Shorthair History

Source: Cat Fanciers Association Breed Profile

The first Colorpoint Shorthairs were bred from Siamese cats, and even today, out-breedings with Siamese cats are common. Early breeders focused on producing cats with red or cream fur at the points (face, ears, legs, and genital regions). There were generations of careful breeding until Colorpoint Shorthairs were recognized as a breed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1964.

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