July 31, 2013 PetGuide
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  • 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

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Since their initial exportation from Siam (now Thailand) in the 1800s, the Siamese has been winning the hearts and running the lives of the people who love this ancient breed. These cats are thought to be the descendants of the temple cats of Siam, and thus have an air of “sacredness” about their origin.

Acutely intelligent and highly inquisitive, there are few cats who exhibit the degree of loving devotion seen in the Siamese.

siamese-1Acutely intelligent and highly inquisitive, there are few cats who exhibit the degree of loving devotion seen in the Siamese, but be warned. These cats have a tendency to bond deeply to one person for life. Once that bonding is complete, the Siamese is there to advise you — vocally — on every aspect of your life. (Unfortunately, they can also take a dislike to some member of the family or to one of your acquaintances and be quite obvious in their disdain.) Siamese are legendary for their voices, that caterwaul across the range from gentle chirps to outright shrieks. If a Siamese has something to say, he will be heard. These are highly social cats that do not like to be left alone, a fact they will share with the neighbors at the top of their lungs if you “abandon” them for too many hours at a stretch. The Siamese is also a very high energy cat who is on the go from the start of his busy day until he decides it’s quitting time. At that point he will happily settle in bed, but he’s just as likely to serve as an insistent alarm clock for his humans equipped with an agenda in mind.

The Siamese is a sleek lined, small to medium sized cat with aristocratic and well-defined features. Their almond-shaped eyes are a deep blue, and beautifully contrasting colors mark the “points” of their silky, short coats. Their heads are wedge-shaped and long, topping tubular, muscular bodies supported by fine, graceful legs. Both the tail and neck are elegant, creating the breed’s overall pleasingly linear profile. The profile is totally straight, and the chin especially well aligned. Large, thin ears complete the wedge shape of the head. Once known for both kinked tails and crossed eyes, those traits were seen as a fault, and have been largely eliminated through careful selective breeding.

siamese-2The best recognized of the Siamese colors is the Seal Point, with its pale fawn body and striking black extremities. In 1934 the blue point gained CFA recognition, followed by the lilac point in 1955. There is also a chocolate point, although that variation appears less frequently. Currently, however, color pointing in the Siamese can be found in the following shades: Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Cinnamon, Fawn, Red, Cream, Apricot, and Carmel. The points can additionally be patterned with Tabby or Tortie patterning.

The tight, glossy coat is short and fine, adhering close to the body and requiring little in the way of special care. Many owners find that nothing more is required than a good rub down with a chamois cloth to remove loose hairs from the coat, a process the convivial Siamese enjoys enormously.

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Comparable Breeds

Go to Devonshire Rex

Devonshire Rex

  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 lb
  • Lifespan: 9-13 years
  • Physique: Small, short bodied
  • Best Suited For: Families with other pets. Don’t do well without companionship
  • Temperament: Affectionate, active, intelligent. Require room to play. Bore easily
  • Comparable Breeds: Sokoke, LaPerm
Go to Havana Brown

Havana Brown

  • Height: 11 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 lb
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Physique: Firm, muscular
  • Best Suited For: The elderly, families with older children, singles who stay home
  • Temperament: Interested, involved companions with an inquisitive streak
  • Comparable Breeds: Abyssinian, Siamese