- Weight: 9-14 pounds | male
6-10 pounds | Female
- Height: about 23 inches | male
about 21 inches | Female
The appearance of a Siamese
The Siamese cat has a high recognition value and has deep blue, almond-shaped eyes, a chiseled, wedge-shaped head, a slender, tubular body and large pointed ears. The body is muscular but delicate.
His short coat contains a mutated enzyme in his pigment that creates his cream-colored torso, which is offset by darker spots on his ears, face and toes. The CFA recognizes four “points” or colors of Siamese: seal (black), chocolate (brown), blue (gray thinning of the seal) and lilac (thinning of chocolate). TICA allows more colors, including lynx and tortoiseshell.
Females weigh between 5 and 6 pounds and males average between 6 and 7 pounds.
Considered a healthy breed, the Siamese may be genetically predisposed to problems with gingivitis and a liver-damaging disease called amyloidosis.
- Very talkative
- Deep blue eyes
- Slim, angular body
- Smart and energetic
- Orienting people
Ideal human companion
- Busy, active families
- Singles with other pets
- Experienced cat owners
How they live
You might wish this breed came with a mute button. Siamese are vocal and demanding and can convey their desires in a range of meowing to loud, croaking calls. Siamese are also curious, affectionate, and sporty. Your utterance sounds like human baby cries. They love to be with their favorite people and tend to share your pillow before bed.
This highly intelligent breed can be trained in the execution of commands and tricks, and has proven to be a viable competitor in feline agility.
Things you should know
Their coats darken as they age.
Siamese cats are very vocal.
Responsible breeding practices have bred the tendencies towards cross-eyed and kinked tails.
As one of the oldest and most famous cat breeds in the world, the Siamese cat has royal roots in Thailand until the 14th century when it was known as Siam. This elegant breed belonged to the members of the Siamese royal family, who hosted them to dignitaries.
This breed appeared in Europe and the United States in the late 19th century. The first known Siam to reach American shores was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok in 1884 to First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes.
Today, the Siamese ranks fifth among all breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, the world’s largest breed register.