There's a bewildering range of Siamese cat colors and shades, from the darkly beautiful Seal Point to the pale, almost ghostly Lilac or Frost Point.
But how do you tell a Seal from a Chocolate Point, or a Blue from a Lilac? And what about Red (Flame), Cream, Apricot, Cinnamon, Caramel and Fawn?
And after that there are all the different Tortie (tortoiseshell or parti-color), Tabby (also known as Lynx) and even Tortie-Tabby varieties of these colors, too ...
It's even more confusing as not all the colors I've mentioned are recognized everywhere as 'official' Siamese cat colors.
The UK and US cat registries (and even different registries within the same country!) have different classifications, and sometimes whether you have a 'real' Siamese or not depends on where you live.
As a general rule, all Siamese have vivid blue eyes, and a creamy coat with darker facial masks, ears, tails, paws, nose leather and paw pads. These darker areas are known as their points.
The different kinds of Siamese cats are named for the color of their points.
Genetically, a Blue Point is a lighter (dilute, in breed-speak) version of a Seal, and a Lilac is a lighter version of a Chocolate.
These are the four colors carried in the pure breeding line, colors that are officially recognised by the Siamese Breed Council of the CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) in the United States.
They're also the most widely available and popular colors for both show cats and pets.
The CFA classifies the other colors - Red (Flame), Apricot, Cream, Cinnamon, Caramel and Fawn points, as well as all the Tortie and Tabby (Lynx) varieties - as 'Colorpoint Shorthair' hybrid cats.
This is because to get these colors you have to do some rather complicated breeding, crossing purebred Siamese cats with other varieties like the British and American Shorthair, and then crossing the resulting kittens back into the Siamese line.
However, other American cat registries, as well as the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) in the UK, do recognize these as official Siamese colors.
The red and tortoiseshell colors were introduced into the breed in the 1930s by crossing purebred Siamese with red tabby or tortoiseshell British Shorthair cats carrying orange (O) genes.
The Red Point Siamese cat family merits a page of its own, and includes Red, Apricot and Cream Points.
This group also includes the Tortoiseshell or Tortie Point Siamese cat, which also came about through some complicated genetics and can be found in all shades, so that you get Seal Torties, Blue Torties, Chocolate Torties, and so on.
A Red Point is also sometimes called a Flame Point. Discover why on the Flame Point Siamese cat page!
The Lynx Point Siamese or Tabby Point colors came about through the mating of a purebred seal point Siamese with a domestic tabby cat.
As with the Torties, the Tabby/Lynx Point Siamese can be found in many shades from a Seal Point to a Fawn Point.
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