Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Breeds Derived from the Siamese Breed

  • Balinese – a longhaired Siamese. In the largest US registry, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), limited to the four traditional Siamese coat colours of seal point, blue point (a dilute of seal point), chocolate point and lilac point (a dilute of chocolate point). Other registries in the US and worldwide recognise a greater diversity of colours.
  • Burmese is a breed of domesticated cats descended from a specific cat, 'Wong Mau', who was found in Burma in 1930 by Dr. Joseph G. Thompson. She was brought to San Francisco, California, where she was bred with Siamese. While technically not derived from Siamese, the breed was considered to be a form of Siamese for many years, leading to cross-breeding.
  • Colourpoint Shorthair – a Siamese-type cat registered in CFA with pointed coat colours aside from the traditional CFA Siamese coat colours; originally developed by crosses with other shorthair cats. Considered to be part of the Siamese breed in all other cat associations, but considered a separate breed in CFA. Variations can include Lynx Points and Tortie Points.
  • Himalayan - Long-haired breed originally derived from crosses of Persians to Siamese and pointed domestic longhair cats in order to introduce the point markings and the colours chocolate and lilac. After these initial crosses were used to introduce the colours, further breed development was performed by crossing these cats only to the Persian breed. In Europe they are referred to as colourpoint Persians. In CFA they are a colour division of the Persian breed.
  • Javanese – a longhaired version of the Colourpoint Shorthair in CFA. In Europe, an obsolete term for the longhaired version of the Oriental Shorthair.
  • Ocicat – a spotted cat originally produced by a cross between Siamese and Abyssinian.
  • Old Style Siamese – The Old-Style Siamese (OSS) also known as Thai, are the original type of cats from Thailand, brought to America on January 3, 1879 as a gift from the American consul in Bangkok to the President's wife, Mrs. Lucy Webb Hayes, and are still bred and seen in Thailand today.
  • Oriental Shorthair – a Siamese-style cat in non-pointed coat patterns and colours, including solid, tabby, silver/smoke, and tortoise-shell.
  • Oriental Longhair – a longhaired version of the Oriental Shorthair.
  • Serengeti Cat – a spotted breed created to resemble the Serval, from Siamese, Oriental Shorthair, and Bengal crosses.
  • Snowshoe – a cream and white breed with blue eyes and some points that was produced through the cross-breeding of the Siamese and bi-coloured American Shorthair in the 1960s.
  • Tonkinese – a cross between a Siamese cat and a Burmese. The Tonkinese are "pointed" cats but their bodies are of a darker colour than the Siamese.
  • Thai Cat – A pointed cat also called the Thaikatzen or Wichien-Matt, which represents the early 20th century Siamese, and can still be found in Thailand catteries (in Thailand calld Wichien-Maat)[12] Thaikatze


Donny and Marie and Casey said...

Hm...still trying to decide if I am a traditional Siamese or am a Balinese or a cross...


PS. I am Kat's Cat of the Day today! Yay!!!

The Meezers said...

that was really inneresting Latte! I fink we is still just plain ol applehead seal points. but it would be fun to be an exotic siamese!

Toby said...

The Blonde One was really happy to see this post. She's wondered what I am for a really long time. Of course, I know, but I'm not telling.

She wonders if I am a snowshoe? Are they only 'bred'? Because I was an abandoned kitty, and she doesn't know anything about my parents except my mom was a black and white. Can anyone give her a clue as to what I am? Maybe if you do, she'll stop bugging me about it.


Toby said...

Latte, thanks for popping over to my blog and telling The Blonde One that I'm a snowshoe. She was really happy to know that.

Unfortunately, now she's bugging my housemate and best bud, Jaspurr, to find out what he is. Could you take a look and let us know what you think?