October 5, 2016 PetGuide
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Foreign White

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 lb
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Physique: Slim, elegant
  • Best Suited For: Any cat loving family, including those with children and other pets, as well as singles and elderly individuals
  • Temperament: Intelligent, loving, talkative, demanding
  • Comparable Breeds: Siamese, British Shorthair

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The Foreign White came to be when Patricia Turner, a feline geneticist, once saw a photo of a lilac point Siamese. The photo, however, was overdeveloped, so it inspired her to begin a cat breeding program that would produce a completely white Oriental feline with blue eyes. The goal was to create this type of cat without it being deaf, as many other totally white cats with blue eyes may carry a gene that causes deafness.

In 1962, the breeding program was started in England, and throughout the program, they crossed seal point Siamese cats with white British Shorthairs. This created the foundation for what is now known as the Foreign White breed, otherwise referred to as the white Siamese.

The Foreign White likes getting attention, lounging in your lap, and is curious and playful.

The Foreign White is highly intelligent, with a wonderful temperament and a very loving personality.The Foreign White cat breed shares many of the same characteristics that Siamese cats exhibit. For example, they’re highly intelligent, with a wonderful temperament and a very loving personality.

These kitties are affectionate towards their human companions, but they also expect plenty of love in return. Like Siamese cats, they like getting attention, they thoroughly enjoy lounging in your lap, and they’re highly curious and playful.

Foreign Whites are also extremely loyal, often bonding very strongly to one member of the family. If you’re searching for a cat that will always want to be near you, this breed could be the perfect match.

Because these cats can be quite demanding and talkative, before you bring one home, you should be sure that you have plenty of time to devote to these social felines. And you also need to show them how much you love them by playing with them and snuggling with them.

Foreign White cats will basically have the same physical features of a Siamese cat, except they’ll be completely white and lack the usual color patterns that Siamese cats will eventually grow into.

These cats are also strong, lean, and muscular, as well as strikingly beautiful. And like the gorgeous Siamese cats that so many people love, the Foreign White will have incredibly beautiful blue eyes.

Foreign Whites are also extremely loyal, often bonding very strongly to one member of the family. Because these cats have a dominant white gene, it will remove any instance of any other color from the coat. With this gene in place, a Foreign White kitten will grow into an adult without ever developing any of the chocolate, lilac, blue, or black colors that typical Siamese kittens would develop naturally.

Foreign Whites don’t require extensive grooming, so you can simply brush your cat’s fur once a week, in addition to brushing his teeth, trimming his claws, and cleaning his ears whenever necessary. This weekly brushing should be enough to keep the coat feeling soft and looking glossy, and it can also prevent hairballs and excess shedding. Plus, because your Foreign White will love the attention, it’s a great way to bond with your cat.

Photo credit: cynoclub/Bigstock; Viktoryia Voinakh/Bigstock; TPAP8228/Bigstock

Comparable Breeds

Go to Siamese


  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 lb
  • Lifespan: 11-15 years
  • Physique: Slim muscled body
  • Best Suited For: Families with children but often bonds with one person.
  • Temperament: Intelligent and affectionate. Playful and talkative. Extroverts
  • Comparable Breeds: Devonshire Rex, Havana Brown
Go to British Shorthair

British Shorthair

  • Height: 12-14 inches
  • Weight: 7-17 lb
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Physique: Sturdy, big bodied cats
  • Best Suited For: Families and singles with or without children and pets
  • Temperament: Calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate
  • Comparable Breeds: British Longhair, Ragamuffin