What are the Most Popular Types of Siamese Cats

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Siamese cats have served as one of the world’s most beloved breeds for centuries. The Siamese cat is known for its talkative nature and long lifespan, which on average is 20 years.

Most Popular Types of Siamese Cats

The origins of the Siamese cat have been lost, but this has not stopped the popular species from causing a global change in feline culture that continues to influence the pet, media and entertainment industry today. From the “Wizard of Oz” to Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” this breed has made its mark within Hollywood.

With their distinct markings and affectionate personalities, a Siamese cat might be a good fit if you’re looking for a new furry friend.

But with a breed so rich in history, where does one begin? Whether you’re looking to welcome a new, four-legged friend into your life or are simply curious, read on to learn more about the ancient species.

How Many Types of Siamese Cats Are There?

President Rutherford B. Hayes received the first documented Siamese cat in the U.S. in 1878 from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand. The cat, named Siam, took the West by storm with its unique markings and facial features, which Americans had never before seen on a cat.

The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes four specific breed groups within the Siamese species: Siamese, Balinese, Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair. All breed groups are medium-sized, but vary in points and hair length.

It is important to note the difference between breed groups and color points, or markings. Breed groups identify the breed and color points refer to the colors of the cat itself.

Today, these markings include a light main coat with dark coloring around the face and legs known as seal point. This dark coloring can range from chocolate to lilac and can be associated with or without white, silver, tabby or tortie points. The Siamese serves as one of the world’s most popular cats and has even been used to create different breeds including the Havana, Ocicat and Tonkinese.

FUN FACT: One of the earliest descriptions of the Siamese cat appeared in a collection of cat poems that date between the 14th and 18th centuries in Thailand.

Is the Siamese Cat Right for Your Home?

 The Siamese cat is also nicknamed the Meezer due to its loud voice and talkative nature. Prepare to socialize all day long if you adopt a Siamese cat.

They are notoriously friendly creatures with a tolerance for humans and other animals of all sizes, from children to dogs. The Siamese does best in environments with large amounts of attention; after all, they believe they are the star of every living room show.

Siamese are intelligent and active. You should only adopt this breed if you can provide the attention it needs for a healthy body and mind.

If a Siamese cat sounds right for you, keep reading for details on the different types of Siamese.

11 Most Popular Siamese Cats

1. Himalayan Siamese

Himalayan Siamese cats are a cross between the Persian and Siamese breeds. This cat has the same color points and blue eyes of the Siamese but the long hair and size of the Persian.

2. Seal Point Siamese

The Seal Point Siamese is probably what you picture when you think of the Siamese. This classic cat has a cream coat and brown color points on its nose, ears, paws and tail. Remember, Siam? He was a seal point.

3. Lynx Point Siamese

The Lynx Point Siamese is also known as the Tabby Siamese because it is a cross of the two breeds. The classic brown Siamese markings are replaced by tabby markings.

4. Ivory Point Siamese

The Ivory Point Siamese is often called the White Siamese because its stunning cream coat has no color points or markings.

5. Blue Point Siamese

The Blue Point Siamese is similar to the seal point with a cream coat but its color points range from dark to light slate gray.

6. Flame Point Siamese

The Flame Point Siamese has blue eyes and is named for the ginger color points on its face and tail. This type was bred specifically for this color feature making them rare and expensive.

7. Fawn Point Siamese

Fawn Point Siamese cats look similar to the Blue Point Siamese with slate gray color points, but they have pink noses, eye rims and paw pads.

8. Snowshoe Siamese

Snowshoe Siamese cats look unique because they have dark color points around their eyes that contrast sharply with their white noses, mouths and paws. The dramatic coloring makes this cat appear masked.

9. Lilac Point Siamese

Lilac Point Siamese cats have white coats with light, silver-gray faces, ears, tails and paws.

10. Chocolate Point Siamese

Chocolate Point Siamese cats have darker coats overall and rich chocolate color points on their faces, backs, ears and paws.

11. Siamese Munchkin

The Siamese Munchkin comes in the same color varieties as full-size Siamese cats, but its legs are only three inches long.

Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?

One of the most common myths about the Siamese cat is that it is hypoallergenic. The common misconception amongst cat enthusiasts is that the Siamese cat does not produce dander, or more specifically Fel D1, the protein found in cat urine, saliva and dander.

Research shows that while Siamese cats are not hypoallergenic, they do produce less Fel D1 protein because they do not shed as much as other felines, meaning a less wheezy and less hairy home. Cat allergy sufferers may find Siamese cats more tolerable than other breeds.

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Krystiana Davis

Krystiana Davis grew up with everything from dogs to llamas and loved every second of it. She currently resides somewhere along the Wasatch Range with her partner and their two cats, with hopes to expand their furry family in the near future. Currently pursuing a baccalaureate in both Technical Writing and Public Relations she hopes to graduate Fal[...] Author Details

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