The Original Four Siamese Point Colours
Siamese cats only truly come in four colours: Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point and Lilac Point. All of the more recent colour variations (Tortie Points, Flame Points, Lynx Points, Cinnamon Points and more) are called Colourpoint Shorthairs.
We only breed the original four Siamese colours:
Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point, and Lilac Point.
The body colour of a Seal Point Siamese can range from fawn to cream, with shading of darker colours. The colour is lighter on the belly and chest (where it’s warmer). Seal Points have the widest variation in body colour. The chest and belly usually stay lighter, but their backs tend to darken to a deep caramel-beige, and can even turn dark brown in the later years of their life. When they enter their senior years, there may be little difference between the colour on their backs and the colour of their tails.
Their point colour is a very dark (seal) brown, which is almost black (they are genetically black cats). This colouring will be seen on the face, ears, tail and paws (legs). The nose leather and paw pads on a Seal Point should be the same colour as their points (deep brown to black).
The body colour of a Chocolate Point Siamese is usually cream to ivory, with or without shading along the back. Their colour tends to stay pale until two or three years of age, instead of darkening early, like the Seal Points. Occasionally, you may see a Chocolate Point with a cinnamon tone to their fur.
Their point colour is a warm, milk chocolate colour (like an Aero bar) a little lighter than a Seal Point. This colouring will be seen on the face, ears, tail and paws (legs). The nose leather and paw pads on a Chocolate Point are cinnamon-pink. This is the best way to tell the difference between Chocolates and Seals, should you be in doubt. Chocolate Point kittens also tend to develop their colouring later than Seal Points.
The body colour of a Blue Point Siamese is usually blue-white. They may or may not have shading along their backs. As with Seal Points, a Blue Point tends to darken with age.
Their point colour is a cold, deep, slate-grey, though occasionally you’ll find one with lighter, silvery-blue points. The nose leather and paw pads on a Blue Point are slate grey.
Lilac Points are the lightest of the four original colours. The body colour of a Lilac Point Siamese is a very pale cream to white. Their coats may stay light throughout life, and there should be very little shading for the first few years.
Their point colour is a light, pinkish-grey/brown. The nose leather and paw pads on a Lilac Point are lavender-pink.
Chocolate Point vs. Seal Point
There is a lot of confusion between Seal and Chocolate Point Siamese. Many "Chocolate Points" out there are actually Seal Points that have been accidentally "misrepresented" as Chocolates. True Chocolate Point kittens are rare!
A Seal Point's points are very dark (seal) brown, and can almost appear black, especially from a distance (they are genetically a black cat). A Chocolate Point's points are a lighter brown...more the colour of an Aero chocolate bar. The photos above display the differences between the Seal and Chocolate Points. They're captioned to tell you which is which (click on the image to enlarge them and read the caption).