The Siamese is perhaps one of the most misunderstood of all breeds. This is largely because of the way in which the breed was developed, and the confusing, conflicting data on genealogy that surround the cat’s history. However, there are some undisputed facts about Siamese cats that many people do not know. Here are some of those facts.
The Siamese was developed by crossing the British Short Haired Cat and the Indonesian Red Panda. This was to produce a breed with a sleek body, and long, tapered ears. In present times, Siamese are thought of as being long-legged, sleek and rather beautiful looking. The cat is sometimes referred to as the British Short haired Siamese. However, this name is somewhat misleading as the Siamese is in fact closer to the British Shorthair, which is actually a different breed entirely.
The Siamese was initially bred for two reasons, the first being to produce a sleek cat. This breed was to become very popular amongst the pet trade, who valued its distinct beauty. As such, it was often used to breed more delicate, long-haired cats, who would in turn be offered up to petters. The second reason the Siamese was developed was for the profession of breeding these cats for their distinct color patterns. In fact, the breed was created in the early nineteen twenties as a means of creating more of a showy animal, in an effort to attract customers. Thus, its true personality and history were started early on in its development.
The Siamese has a somewhat complicated history and personality. On one hand, it has a very loving personality. Many consider the Siamese to be somewhat ‘pereditive’ and prefer that they be ‘petted’ frequently. However, this is not necessarily a negative trait. Rather, the Siamese is truly a very gentle, loving cat, who adores its human companionship.
Also, the Siamese is extremely alert, with a high intelligence. It is capable of learning new things quickly and can rapidly adapt its learning to suit the situation. It is considered one of the best breeds in terms of intelligence and is easily trained, as well as being a great pet.
The Siamese is the only cat in the world to have two types of body markings. The black and white markings cover most of the face and the back, while a distinctive reddish ‘saddle’ marks the abdomen and legs. The interesting fact about the Siamese, though, is that even though it has two distinct types of markings on its body, it actually looks the same to the untrained eye. As a result, the Siamese has a rather large personality range – sometimes known as a ‘Siamese syndrome’.
As the name suggests, the Siamese is a happy, loving cat. They are incredibly friendly towards strangers, yet very protective of their home and family. They are also known to be possessive towards their food and territory and are not likely to accept another cat into their household.
The personality of a Siamese is somewhat larger than the other cat breeds. However, they do tend to have a bigger paw print as well. This, along with the long coat of hair, mean that the Siamese cat is not necessarily a ‘cute cat.’ Instead, their personality is defined by their unique color patterns and markings. These, as well as their aloofness, mean that the Siamese cat breed is better suited for those who want a unique cat but don’t necessarily want a very frisky, flirtatious cat.
The eyes of the Siamese can be very expressive. They are very large, bright eyes that contain a lot of detail and give this breed an appearance more similar to that of a puppy. These eyes are also naturally blue in color and this is a characteristic that is common in many Siamese breed cats. They are also somewhat sensitive towards the cold and are very unlikely to be comfortable in extremely low temperatures. Instead, they prefer a moderate temperature and are quite content in rooms that are slightly warmer.
One of the most distinctive features of this breed is its voice. Their pronunciation is somewhat different to that of other cat breeds and this is in part due to their dense lips that are prominent in this breed. The Siamese tends to speak in a rather high-pitched, almost monotone voice. They are also quite reserved with strangers and do not tend to be overly friendly towards them.
In the wild, Siamese cats are known to live for years and decades. When first brought into a home they were not socialized to other cats and were instead used to living in solitary cases. This changed once people began to bring cats into their homes and now they are accustomed to being around other felines. As a result, they are usually quite mellow in nature and seldom display any signs of aggression towards others. If you are considering adding a Siamese to your household, you may want to visit a breeder in your area, as he or she will be able to provide you with a healthier, happier cat.