Siamese Cousins - Other Related Breeds
There are many breeds that have been derived from the Siamese in the 100+ years since they have been available in North America.
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The Balinese originated from a natural mutation of a Siamese cat that resulted in a longhaired, pointed cat. We get asked quite frequently, but unfortunately, none of our cats carry the longhair gene, so we do not have Balinese cats at our cattery.
Colourpoint Shorthair & Longhair
The Colourpoint Shorthair and Longhair (also called a Javanese) were developed by crossing Siamese and Balinese cats with other short- and long-haired cats to introduce new colours into Siamese lines. This resulted in a wide range of colours, including Flame Point, Cream Point, Seal Tortie, Chocolate Tortie, Blue Cream, Lilac Cream, Seal Lynx, Chocolate Lynx, Blue Lynx, Lilac Lynx, Cinnamon Point, Fawn Point, and Caramel Point. We do not have any of these colours in our breeding lines. Why not? We specialize in maintaining the original four Siamese colours.
Oriental Shorthair & Longhair
The Orientals, both long- and shorthaired, were created by crossing Siamese cats to other non-pointed cats. This resulted in a cat with the Siamese body structure and face shape, but without the characteristic “points”. Orientals can be found in solid, tabby, silver/smoke, and tortoiseshell coat patterns and a wide range of eye colours.
Himalayans derive from a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. Himalayans share most of their features with the Persian breed, except with one major exception – they’re all pointed! Himalayans can be found in all the colours of the Siamese and Colourpoint breeds. Our favourite feature of the Himalayans are their adorable moustaches.
The Snowshoe, which is a pointed cat, but with distinctly different markings than the Siamese was originally formed as a mutation and were then bred to American Bi-Colour Shorthairs to continue to develop this unique breed. Snowshoes usually have a white marking overlapping the traditional Siamese mask (you can still see the dark mask around the white face) and white feet.
The Burmese originated from one cat found in Burma who was then bred to a Siamese cat to perpetuate the Burmese breed. Burmese cats are muscular with a small, round head. In striking contrast to the Siamese, Burmese cats have yellow or golden eyes, and their colours may be slightly different than those of the Siamese.
Tonkinese cats resulted from a cross between a Siamese and a Burmese. Tonks can be found in 12 different colours (Platinum, Champagne, Natural and Blue) and patterns (Pointed, Mink and Solid). Their eyes range from blue (pointed pattern) to aqua (mink pattern) to yellow-green (solid pattern).
The Havana Brown originated from crossing a Chocolate Point Siamese to a black cat. These cats are most easily recognized for their beautiful, chocolate brown coat. They are solid in colour, rather than pointed, like a Siamese. They have green eyes, instead of the Siamese’s characteristic blue eyes.
The Ocicat is a beautiful combination between a Siamese and an Abyssinian. The original breeder of these cats wanted to create a pointed Aby, but was fortunate enough to end up with the spotted Ocicat instead. They are stockier than a Siamese, but less so than an American Shorthair. They come in twelve colours, all of which share the famous, spotted coat.
Birmans & Ragdolls
Birmans and Ragdolls, both longhaired, pointed cats, may also be able to trace part of their history to the Siamese breed, as may many other breeds as well.
All of these breeds are now recognized as their own breed. Although out-crossing does happen, it is not required in most cases to continue to produce these various breeds of cat.