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The Siamese cat is one of the oldest breeds in existence. Dating back hundreds of years in Thailand, there are hieroglyphic depictions of what researchers believe is the Siamese feline. If that was not enough to give this sleek and beautiful cat an air of royalty, the fact that they are revered as some of the best show cats in the world would put them over the top.
Siamese cats became popular in the United States around WWII. They gained a reputation for independence, gracefulness, and charm. It was in the mid-1950s that they started to be seen as snobby, mischief-making, even cold felines due to their depiction in the Disney film The Lady and the Tramp.
In actuality, these cute furballs are sweet, even-tempered, and loving. Below, we will look at the nine different kinds of Siamese cats and their traits.
Within the Siamese family, there are two different groups: traditional and modern. Within the traditional family, they have been further broken down into three groups. Let’s take a look at the traditional side first.
1. Traditional AppleHead
The Traditional Applehead is the stocky version of the Siamese cat. They have a very round “apple” like head with a nose that points downward. They have larger frames than their counterparts, and they have smaller ears. They tend to stand taller, as well.
These adorable cats are very friendly, they love people, and enjoy cuddling while sitting on your lap. They also are quite vocal and will let you know if they want or need something. As far as care, this feline has short fur so grooming is minimal. They also rarely require baths. That being said, they can obsessively groom themselves and create bald spots. This is typically due to stress though.
2. Old Style Siamese
The Old-Style Siamese cat has a medium-size build and is lankier than the Applehead. This frisky feline has bigger ears and is more athletic in the body, as well. You can also tell this type of apart due to their bigger ears and nose that points straight ahead. You can also tell they have a slightly longer face.
The Old Style puss is another Siamese who is attached to their owners. They love to follow you about and stick their nose in your business. Although they are not as vocal as the Applehead, you will still hear about it if there’s an issue. What’s more, their larger ears make them more prone to ear infections.
3. Classic Siamese
The Classic version is the most athletic and tall version of the traditional Siamese. They have long, sleek bodies with a long tail. Their ears are slightly bigger along with a pointed face and slightly upturned nose. The Classic cat is more energized then the other two, as well.
Just like the other two, however, this is an affectionate cat. In fact, they can be pushy about getting pats and cuddles, even if you are busy doing something else. They are prone to the same ear infections and obsessive grooming as the other two, yet their self-fur care is not as prominent a part of their personality.
4. Modern Wedge Siamese
The Modern Wedge became popular in the 1980s. They have a very narrow “wedge-like” heads with big pointy ears that are set lower on the side of their heads. Their body is lean, long, and very athletic. Unlike their traditional cousins, they have slanted eyes and wide noses that point straight out.
This breed of Siamese feline is the current show cat, and they share the same affectionate and sweet disposition as the rest of their family. Unfortunately, though, the cross-breeding has caused some of the Modern Wedges to develop kidney disease. Though it does not affect them all, some only live five or six years.
Siamese Fur Coats
Besides the specific family, the Siamese cat also comes in five different coat styles. All of them have short, silky fur, however. They don’t require much grooming besides finger combing. The beauty of their fur is the point of color. They have a base of white or cream, but their face, paws, and tails are darker in color. In contrast to their bright eyes, it is striking. Also, any version of the Siamese cat can have any type of color point fur.
5. Seal Points
The Seal Points have a cream color base with darker fawn points on their face, paws, and tail.
6. Chocolate Points
This style of Siamese has a cream-colored base with chocolate brown colored points. They typically look similar to the Seal Points, but with a more marked contrast in color.
7. Blue Points
This beautiful fur has a blueish white base with blue-ish gray points on the face, ears, and lightly on the tail and paws.
8. Lilac Points
This is a rare Siamese that has a white base contrasted with gray points that have a pink twinge.
9. Red Point
This Siamese cat has a white to the cream base with reddish fawn spots. They are rare, and as of now, they are not recognized as a “point” because it is not part of the traditional color set.
It is interesting to note that all Siamese kittens are born white, and the color point darkens as they grow. These adorable cats are sweet, affectionate, and great for families regardless of which breed or type that you pick.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.