Males 23-26 cm
Females 21-24 cm
Males 3-3.8 kg
Females 2.5-3 kg
Light with red, cream, chocolate, blue, lilac, blue, and other mixed hues
Category IV: “Oriental” Breed designation – SIA
Group 4: “Siamese Oriental Shorthair” Breed designation – SIA
Cats for kids, short-haired cats, cats for apartments (docile cats)
History of Origin
The Colorpoint Shorthair is a breed that was created artificially. In the 1940s and 1950s, several adventurous breeders decided that beautiful Siamese cats would look good colored with a red hue rather than the traditional black, chocolate, blue, or lilac. This breed was started by crossing the Siamese Strongpoint cat with the red striped American Shorthair cat. Currently, the Colorpoint Shorthair breed includes more than ten different colors. The body type and head of this breed are identical to those of Siamese cats.
Different organizations classify Colorpoints in different ways. The Cat Fanciers’ Association and the Canadian Cat Association state that the Colorpoint Shorthair is a breed that is registered as separate from the Siamese. At the same time, the International Cat Association recognizes the Colorpoint as a variety of the Siamese cat.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
Colorpoints are elegant and refined cats with a long body and thin bones. The legs are slender, the tail is long and tapering towards the end. The head of this breed’s cats is a triangle, the continuation of which is their long pointed ears. Blue almond-shaped eyes give brightness and unusualness in combination with the original coloring.
The coat of Colorpoints is short, shiny, and tight to the body. The color of the coat on the ears, tail, and paws differs significantly from the color of the coat on the body, which is usually lighter. The dark hair on the limbs gradually merges with the light-colored hair on the body, creates a “mask” around the eyes, and slightly covers the mustache pads on the muzzle. This mask is almost invisible in a kitten, but gradually it increases as he grows up. Colorpoints Shorthair, unlike most Siamese, may have stripes on the tips of their ears, as well as tortoise-colored patterns.
Its keen intelligence complements the beautiful appearance of the colorpoint cat. At the same time, the Colorpoint Shorthair is a very affectionate breed whose members are devoted to their owner and expect the same in return. They are very sensitive to their owner’s moods and can show sympathy and concern if they are not in the mood or have problems. Colorpoints are called cuddle lovers and warmth lovers. They won’t miss an opportunity to sit on their lap whenever they have a chance to snuggle up on them.
On the other hand, these cats can be energetic and active; they are happy to play and spend time with adults and children. Colorpoint Shorthair is a very talkative kitten. You have to be prepared for them to purr and meow every night, “telling” about how their day went.
Colorpoint Shorthair does not require any special care. Most of them never need a bath. Gentle brushing with a rubber brush will remove loose hairs. Good food and plenty of playtimes will maintain the muscular body part of a colorpoint’s natural beauty. These cats are heat lovers, basking in the sun during the day and sleeping with their owner under a blanket at night. No need to deny them that!
It is important to keep your cat’s ears clean – if dirt accumulates there, it should be removed with a mild pet ear wash. If your cat’s ears look inflamed or excessively dirty, or if she shakes her head, she should be seen by the vet.
The Colorpoint Shorthair is a brilliant cat, and therefore easy to train. She will easily learn basic commands and interactive games, learn to respond to her name, and, of course, she will remember all the rules of the house she lives in. Saving the furniture in the house intact and unharmed will help to scratch the post. The main thing is to show the cat how to use it correctly. The Colorpoint Shorthair also needs to provide sufficient exercise. Therefore, it is important not to forget to play active games with it.
Colorpoint Shorthair is generally in good health, but that does not exclude the fact that they can get sick. This breed is prone to the same diseases as its Siamese relatives, including strabismus and other eye problems, liver disease, dental problems, respiratory problems such as asthma, and congenital heart defects. A cat’s coat and skin can tell a lot about its health. Healthy cats have smooth and shiny coats, and they should also have smooth and clean skin. If not, it is worth seeing a veterinarian.
To maintain a Colorpoint’s Shorthair refined and muscular body shape, you must be careful about his nutrition. An improper diet can lead to obesity and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis, exacerbated by overweight.
Feed your pet with dry food or natural foods that are enriched with protein. In the case of a natural diet, the diet’s basis should be lean meat; this will help maintain the beauty of their physique. It is important to monitor daily food portions, not to let them overeat. Colorpoints should be given fresh water daily.