Color Points of Siamese Cats
Traditional Siamese Colors
In Siamese, color point refers to the color or colors that a cats fur turns on its extremities. Traditional Siamese come in for solid points; seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac. These colors are recognized by all registries as Siamese. The points of the seal and chocolate are black or brown. As kittens, they look very similar with the only difference being the shade of their base coat. (please see the section on color change for more information) As they age, seals darken much more than chocolates. Blue and lilacs have blue or grey points instead of black or brown. Blue and lilac points have the same principles as the seal and chocolate points, with the lilacs having a lighter base coat. Genetically, the darker base coat of the seal and blue are dominate, making the chocolate and lilac points more rare. These color points have the personality of the traditional Siamese described in most assessments of the breed.
Non Traditional Colors
Thanks to the efforts of breeders in the 1940's, many new color points have been introduced. Some of these color points even have their own personality traits, unique to that color. These new colors include flames and creams. They are solid points, but other recent introductions also include blue cream and tortie points. They have mixed color points similar to a calico. Then there are lynx points and snowshoes. These are not colors, but patterns and are portrayed as follows: Lynx point refers to a striped pattern through out the colored areas. Snowshoe refers to white socks on the paws preferably a white inverted v marking on the face. Either of these patterns can be paired with any of the colors mentioned before. There are a few other colors that you may see and if you would like help finding more information on them you can email me and I will be happy to help. As for now, we breed snowshoes, tortie points, blue creams and flame point in addition to the original four colors.
What is a Color Point Short Hair?
Color point short hair is the name given by the CFA to pointed cats of Siamese ancestry with colors other than the four traditional colors. This is also given to cats in the four traditional colors whose eight generation pedigree shows cats of non traditional point colors. This term is not used by any other registry. According to the CFA, color point short hairs are the "first cousins" of Siamese. In almost all other registries, these same cats are considered a different color class of Siamese and not a separate breed. Our kittens a registered with the TCA and are therefore all registered as Siamese or Balinese.
Our seal point stud, Spike Lee, has fathered all of these beautiful kittens. The genetics for these new colors all come from the mother's gene pool. Some of the colors even being sex linked. For example, a Seal male and a Flame female can produce only flame males and either blue cream or tortie point females. No other colors are possible.