The Siamese cat is truly one of the oldest recognizable breeds of Oriental cat. Native to Thailand, one of many varieties of Siamese cats native to Thailand, the original Siamese quickly became one of the world’s most popular feline breeds in Europe and North America during the late nineteenth century. At that time, breeders showed off their cats by holding them up on a chain or in a cage. A typical “show” Siamese had a personality all its own and was known for mimicking the more dominant breeds of cats in various ways. These included walking slowly and leisurely as well as nipping at its human companions.
Today, it is still quite popular in Europe and North America. Though there are many different breeds of Siamese cats, perhaps the most recognized is the British breed. Other Siamese breeds are Russian, Chinese and American. The British version is a true British breed and shares much in common with the British pet cat, which it was often bred with.
All Siamese cats are prone to develop certain characteristics, such as a short tail and long hair. This is an instinctive trait that helps the breed protect itself from danger and from intrusion. Siamese cats are also characterized by a sweet nature and very loving personalities. Their distinctive short coat patterns make them unique and provide insight into their physiological processes.
Originally the most common Siamese breeds were long haired and solid coated. However, in the 1970s, breeders began crossing Siamese with Persian cats and producing long-haired, naturally occurring Siamese with Persian, longhaired Siamese and solid coated breeds. Today’s long haired, solid coated Siamese cat breeds are popular around the world as pets and show pets. The solid coats give the cat a warm, protective feel that is appealing to many people.
There are four distinct types of Siamese cats. The first, Oriental, was developed as a cross with Persian cats. They are solid coated and were originally bred to be obedient, gentle and patient. Oriental breeds are the only breed that never developed double hair on its head. Double hair can interfere with a person’s vision and is very unappealing to look at. Owing to this trait, Siamese cats are known to be less aggressive than their Persian counterparts.
The other three main types of Siamese are British, Chinese and American. Each one has their own distinct personality that sets them apart from each other. Their coats can vary from long to short, thick or thin, and they can even have differing amounts of fur. Whichever Siamese cat breed you may have, you are certain to find one that will blend in perfectly with your home and lifestyle.