Siamese – Ancient Cat Breeds
Although not many people have seen one in the flesh, Siamese cats are among the most distinguishable breeds on the planet. Their sleek profile simply looks fit for a king.
This breed comes from the kingdom Siam (which is now called Thailand) where they are thought to descend from sacred temple cats. They are a legendary symbol of good luck & thought to ward off evil spirits which meant their aristocratic profile only graced temples and the homes of the royalty.
An Interesting Twist
Today there are two types of the breed, one the traditional Siamese with an apple shaped head and a robust build and the modern animal with a triangular head and a lithe, slender body.
Whether it’s an old or new type, the Siamese has eyes of the most arresting shade of blue.
Although it used to be common to find this breed with crossed eyes, it’s probably not a natural trait. Today it’s discouraged by most breeders and their appearance is rarer.
The Siamese is an incredibly vocal & intelligent animal that is known for their affectionate (& sometimes demanding) attitude. They expect their people to keep them entertained.
A Colorful Breed
Although there are two types, just because a cat carries the traditional point coloring doesn’t make it a Siamese. Crossed with other animals, this distinct coloration can be passed along to impure bloodlines. The Seal point coloring is perhaps the most recognized coloration and is accepted in several diluted varieties as well.