Singapura Cat Breed Information

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

Singapura Cat Breed Introduction

Singpura Cat Picture

The Singapura is one of the USA's newest breeds of cats, having gotten its start in the 1980s when travelers to Singapore brought the cats over with them and started breeding and showing them. Back in Singapore, many of the cats remained stray street cats. But in 1991 the government of Singapore declared the cats a "living national monument."

Singapura Behavior/Personality

Source: "The Singapura" by Cathie McHenry

According the McHenry, Singapuras show a marked attraction toward human beings, despite being immediately descended from strays of the streets of Singapore. They are also active and playful.

Singapura Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Singapura breed based on information in the Cat Fanciers' Association breed standard.

  • Head: rounded
  • Ears: large,
  • Eyes: almond-shaped and large
  • Body: small to medium-sized
  • Legs: muscular, tapered
  • Paws: oval-shaped
  • Tail: slim, medium-long
  • Coat: very short, silky

Singapura History

Source: "The Singapura" by Cathie McHenry

The Singapura breed was initiated as a purebred breed by Hal and Tommy Meadows in the United States in 1981. The breed began with three cats Hal and Tommy Meadows and found in Singapore. Though there were other varieties of cats in Singapore, the Meadows preferred this one on which to base a new cat breed, which they named Singapura, a variant name for Singapore. The names of the three cats brought by the Meadows were Puss'e, Ticle, and Tes.

In addition to those first three cats, Singapura fans imported other cats from Singapore which have contributed to the breed. At least one of these cats was taken from a Singapore pound. Similar-looking cats were spotted in the bushes of the city by North American Singapura fans who went to investigate the breed for themselves.

According to the Meadows, the cats were naturally occurring and not selectively bred. The breed was therefore classed a "natural" breed when the USA's Cat Fanciers' Association granted it Championship status in 1988.

In 1991, the Singaporean government declared the breed a "living national monument."

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