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Chocolate Point vs Seal Point Siamese Cat: What’s the Difference? (With Pictures)

A colorpoint cat is one that has light-colored fur with darker colored ears, face, feet, and tail, which are referred to as the points of the cat. The Siamese is one of the best-known cats with a colorpoint coat and traditionally comes in four colors: Blue Point, Lilac Point, Chocolate Point, and Seal Point. Additional and more recent colors include Tortie Points and Flame Points: these are collectively referred to as Colorpoint Shorthairs.

There are a lot of similarities between the Chocolate Point and the Seal Point because they are both Siamese, but the biggest difference is in their markings. As well as different color points, the two variants have different base coat colors and different paws. Although they are close in coloring, it should be easy to tell the difference and, if all else fails, the paw color is a clear indication of which color point you have.

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Visual Differences

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At a Glance

Chocolate Point Siamese
  • Average height (adult): 8-10 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 8-10 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Exercise: Moderate
  • Grooming needs: Light
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: More dog-like than cat
Seal Point Siamese
  • Average height (adult): 8-10 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 8-10 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Exercise: Moderate
  • Grooming needs: Light
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: More dog-like than cat

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Chocolate Point Siamese Cat Breed Overview

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The Chocolate Point Siamese is one of the four original colors of Siamese. It is lighter than the Seal Point, both in terms of its fur and the coloring of its points. Because the Chocolate Point and the Seal Point are basically the same breed of cat, they are very similar and share similarities in most traits.

The Chocolate Point color is a genetic mutation of the Seal Point so they are very similar. The trained eye can tell the difference, but the typical owner might struggle.

History

The Siamese is one of the oldest and most distinguished Asian cat breeds. It is believed to have originated from Thailand, formerly known as Siam, which is where the breed gets its name. It was once known as “Royal Cat of Siam” and, at that time, only members of the Royal Family were permitted to own one.

Usually thought of as being a natural breed, meaning that it developed without human intervention, it is one of the most recognizable cat breeds today. Despite their popularity and their regal background, nobody is certain how the Siamese ended up in the western world, but the breed has a loyal following of owners that wouldn’t consider owning any other breed.

Grooming Requirements

The most distinctive thing about the Seal Point and the Chocolate Point Siamese is, of course, their coat. They have short fur and amiable personalities. Your Siamese will probably enjoy being brushed and groomed, but they can do a very good job of coat maintenance themselves. You can groom your cat once a week, but more often than this isn’t necessary.

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Health

Typically, naturally developed breeds tend to be quite hardy and healthy, suffering from minimal health problems. However, the Siamese is prone to several health complaints.

They have a relatively short lifespan between 12 and 15 years, and you will need to look for symptoms of gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract disease, and gum disease. But the most common ailment in this breed is progressive retinal atrophy.

Coloring

A Chocolate Point Siamese is born with an ivory white base coat and, unlike the Seal Point, its base coat will not change color throughout its life. It will always have this same ivory base layer.

The Chocolate Point has a point color that has been likened to that of a milk chocolate bar and is lighter than the brown markings of the Seal Point. It is also worth noting that the Chocolate Point has pink-brown paw pads.

Suitable for: 

The Chocolate Point Siamese is intelligent, talkative, and loving. He makes a good family pet and, despite his striking and unique appearance, he doesn’t require too much maintenance or grooming. The breed is prone to some genetic health conditions and may have a shorter lifespan than other domestic cats, but they are excellent companions.

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Seal Point Siamese Cat Breed Overview

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The Seal Point Siamese is a dark Siamese colorpoint in every aspect. Their base coat is darker than other colors, and so too is the color of their points and even the color of their paw pads. In every other respect, though, they are the same as other variants of Siamese. They are friendly, talkative, and can’t bear to be left alone for long periods.

Family Friendly

One of the reasons that the Siamese has become such a popular cat with its owners is that they are friendly and loving, as well as intelligent and smart. They adore spending time with their humans, which makes them a suitable family companion, but it also means that they struggle being left alone for too long. If you go out to work all day, and nobody will be at home, you may want to consider a different breed.

Trainable

The intelligence of the Siamese means that they can be trained. While some cat owners will insist that the independent nature of cats means that they cannot be trained, if you are willing to show a lot of patience, some cats are surprisingly easy to train. The Siamese is one such breed.

Use positive training, encourage your cat to perform behaviors and tasks that are desirable, and ignore negative behaviors, and they will eventually pick up the characteristics you want from them. Unfortunately, the Siamese isn’t necessarily treat- or stomach-driven, so the offering of tidbits and treats may not be the training tool you believe it to be.

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Siamese In Pop Culture

The distinct look of the Siamese means that they have proven a popular addition in films, cartoons, books, and more. Si and Am in Lady and the Tramp, DC in That Darn Cat, and Shun Gon in The Aristocats are some of the most famous.

It is believed that one of the first Siamese in the US was a gift given to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. President Gerald Ford’s daughter, Susan, brought a Siamese to the White House while President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, ensured that it remained in office.

Coloring

The Seal Point coloring is darker than that of the Chocolate Point and the dark brown of the face, tail, and other points are said to be the same as the dark brown coloring of the seal. The base coat of the Seal Point will darken over the cat’s life, starting as a light fawn color, but potentially becoming almost as dark as the cat’s points by its senior years. Even the pads of the Seal Point’s paws are dark chocolate, rather than the lighter color of the Chocolate Point.

Suitable for:

Like the Chocolate Point Siamese, the Seal Point is a highly intelligent and loving cat that makes a great addition to the family. Potential owners should be aware that, no matter the color, the Siamese cat is known for being one of the most vocal of cat breeds. They will hold long and in-depth conversations with you on virtually any topic.

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Which Breed is Right for You?

The Seal Point and the Chocolate Point are color variants of the Siamese breed. As such, they share most of the same characteristics and traits, except that their coats have different colors.

The Seal Point is darker, all-around, and has a darker base coat as well as darker points. He even has darker paws. Both variants make great family pets, loving companions, and can even be trained. Some owners may find the darkening color of the Seal Point to be intriguing to watch over their life while others might prefer the lighter hues of the Chocolate Point.

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