In Great Britain, the varieties of this breed are officially considered Siamese cats, but in the United States, they are classified as a separate breed because of the more recent non-Siamese side of their lineage.
Colorpoint Shorthairs are produced by mating Siamese cats with other breeds, such as Abyssinians, to bring new colors and patterns to the traditional Siamese points.
The results to date include Red-Point, white coat with red-brown points; Cream-Point, white coat with cream points; Seal-Lynx-Point, fawn coat with brown tabby points; Chocolate-Lynx-Point, white coat with brown tabby points; Blue-Lynx-Point, blue-white coat with grey tabby points; Lilac-Lynx-Point, white coat with pink-grey tabby points; Red-Lynx-Point, white coat with red-brown tabby points; Seal-Torte-Point, fawn coat with brown points marked with cream and red; Chocolate-Torte-Point, white coat with brown points marked with cream; Blue-Torte-Point, blue-white coat with grey points marked with cream; Lilac-Torte-Point, white coat with pink-grey points marked with cream.
Other than the coloring, the Colorpoint Shorthair carries through the characteristics of the Siamese. It’s an extrovert that enjoys all people who give it the attention it demands. It can become a dedicated companion and will be taught to walk on a leash like ado. The Colorpoint Shorthair also can become jealous of all creatures that compete with it tar attention. It hastes the same loud voice as the Siamese and is just as willing to use it.
The fur is Siamese-like: short, soft, and fine. The body is thin and slender, with long, thin legs and small, egg-shaped paws. The head is large and triangular, with medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes that are slanted, and it has a pointed muzzle. The ears are large and pointed at the tips.
Common standard faults are noble eyes, spotting on the underside, malformed tail, malformed chin, weak legs, and white feet. Daily brushing with a medium-hard brush is recommended to remove dead hairs, especially during shedding periods. An exclusive meat diet tends to damage the light colors of the coat, so fish and cooked vegetables should be used alternately with meat. Vitamin supplements are also advisable, particularly in infancy.
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