The Siamese is one of the distinct ancient breed of cat famous for its many grand legends. The Siamese cats were known for their voice which can be compared to a human baby cry and were told to be the sacred guard of Buddhist temple in ancient times thus, only priest and hierarchy possessed this breed.
Though the first Siamese cats were said to have crossed-eyes and twisted tails, these were completely banished through careful breeding as early as 1880s. The Traditional Siamese cats that descended from Siam (Thailand) were generally characterized by muscular body, apple or round head, sparkling blue eyes and remarkable point and body color contrast.
The Siamese cats that participate in cat shows have different attributes from Traditional Siamese cats. The Modern Siamese cats have slender body line, graciously curved triangular head, blue almond eyes, long neck and flaring ears.
One of the outstanding attribute of the Siamese breed is their color. Seal points variety means the Siamese cat has almost black color on face, tail and paws with pale tan body. Chocolate points have brown color on extremities with creamy body, Blue points has slate bluish edges with white-blue body. Lilac points have a white body with pinkish gray edges. However, these points are not seen in the Siamese kittens as they are pure white by birth. The point color is generally developed after a year.
Two of the most notable characteristics of the Siamese cats aside from their intelligence is their inquisitive character and affectionate outlook. They love to be petted. These make them a good choice for a family pet. They are very tolerant even in children and know how to hide their claws when playing with people. The Siamese cats especially the traditional breed require very little grooming and do not shed coat excessively. They are typically healthy and can live averagely for 20 years!
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