The rewards are equally strong. The Siamese is a decorative item of great beauty, and it gives iii love and attention as much as it receives. It is not, then, a cat to be acquired and then forgotten or ignored. The Siamese is a full experience. NOTE: There are several varieties of Siamese that differ mainly in their coat color, but since the breed is so popular, I will take them sepa- rately instead of bunching them together.
The varities are: Blue-point, Chocolate-point, Lilac-point, Red-point and Tortie-point, Seal-point, and Tabby- or Lynx-point. There is, also, a category called “Any Other Color” for Siamese with other colors besides those recognized as dominant. They are called “dilute” forms. General History and Origin of the Siamese The background of the Siamese is caught up in legend, principally that they were once temple cats of the East, attached to royalty and possessing certain divine powers.
The early Siamese may have been rather different from the breed we know now. One was described in the late eighteenth century, by a German naturalist, as having a body color of one kind with points colored black. This kind of development could have occurred only through a mutation, or else the coloring would have been extended beyond the points to the entire body. In any event, the Siamese entered the first domestic cat exhibition, the Crystal Palace show in 1871, although, once again, we cannot be cer- tain what, if any, standard they fitted. It is very possible that the coloring was Siamese while the body type was cobby, or typically British in charac- ter. While color is of great importance in the Siamese, whatever its variety, it is important for the body type to be true also: a lithe, graceful structure, with a wedge-shaped head.
Such a combination of coloring and configura- tion was the result of over half of a century of selective breeding. In the twentieth century, the Siamese has been bred in ever greater numbers, and it has gradually come to be the most popular of the pedigreed felines.
American standards have generally followed the British, with the Seal- point the best known and the most popular, abroad as well as in America. The Seal-point is, in fact, the model Siamese for most people, and the other varieties often come as a surprise for those unfamiliar with the cat world. All are born white, incidentally, so you cannot tell what breed they will later conform to until the coloring begins to emerge. One other point: A squint in the Siamese is a fault if you wish to show your cat.