Siamese Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Siamese Cats, read about the Siamese Breed information, find out about the Siamese Breed Standard, Siamese behavior and lots more about Siameses.

Siamese Cat Breed Introduction

Siamese Cat Picture

The Siamese cat breed hardly needs an introduction, since it is one of the most famous and instantly recognizable of all cat breeds. It is also one of the oldest cat breeds, having been around since roughly the beginning of modern cat shows in the nineteenth century, and presumably having been around even longer before that in Asian countries.

Siamese Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Perhaps the most famous personality quirk of Siamese cats is their distinctive call, which can be quite loud and haunting, like a baby crying. Siamese cats are also famously playful. They tend to crave attention from their human families, and often resort to elaborate displays of playfulness to get attention. It is said that they tend to get along well with other pets as well.

Siamese Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Siamese breed based on information in the Cat Fanciers' Association breed standard and Wikipedia (March 2006).

  • Head: medium-sized, long, tapered wedge-shape
  • Ears: quite large with a wide base and pointed at the tips
  • Eyes: medium-sized and almond-shaped
  • Body: medium-sized, long, slender
  • Legs: long, slender, with the back legs higher than the front
  • Paws: small and oval-shaped with five toes in front and four in back
  • Tail: long, thin and tapered to a point
  • Coat: short and glossy; pointed colors with a dark "mask" over the face; outside the US, there is a generally a wider variety of colors allowed

Siamese History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

The Siamese name would imply that this cat breed originated in Thailand, which was ancient Siam. Yet in reality, no one is entirely sure where exactly these cats originated. It is believed with a great deal of confidence that they originated in the continent of Asia, and it is very likely that they did originate in Southeast Asia, if not necessarily Thailand proper.

The Siamese breed got its start in the West in 1884. The first Westerner to show the cats in the West was the British Counsel-General of Bangkok, Owen Gould. Owen Gould brought a pair of Siamese cats home to his sister in Britain, who showed the cats at the Crystal Palace in 1885. That sister, whose last name was Veley, eventually co-founded the Siamese Cat Club in 1901. Additional Siamese cats were imported by other cat fanciers. Today it is believed that almost the entire population of Siamese cats in Britain are descended from about 11 cats brought to Britain at the end of the nineteenth century.

The original Siamese cats brought to Britain had "cobby" bodies much like those of most other cats. Yet by the middle of the twentieth century, breeders and cat show judges were favoring a more slender body. The Siamese cat breed eventually was developed into the elongated-looking cats we know today. However, some holdouts of the old body style continued breeding the old style of cats, calling them "Traditional" Siamese cats.

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