When breeders started breeding to create Colorpoint Shorthair kittens, they did so with the goal of creating a cat similar to the Siamese but with point colors not usually seen in this breed. Both American and British breeders started their attempts at creating these cats during the 1940s and to meet this goal, they mixed Siamese cats with both Abyssinians and red tabby domestic shorthairs. Because they got mixed results, they bred these kittens back with Siamese and the results of this pair are what you find in the breed today.
For many years the various cat breed associations did not recognize the Colorpoint Shorthair as one of the independent kitty breeds, instead viewing it as a type of Siamese. In 1974 the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) finally recognized the breed although both the AFCA (the American Cat Fanciers Association) and TICA (the International Cat Association) still view kittens of this breed as a type of Siamese.
If you know kitty breeds, you know that many resemble Siamese so it is no surprise that this breed (especially given their history) are very similar to Siamese. They have the same body type as they have a long, lean appearance accompanied by a wedge-shaped head with large eyes which are blue and almond-shaped. They also share their large, flared ears with other cat breeds related to Siamese. Despite the similarities, Colorpoint Shorthair kittens have different coloring than their Siamese cousins, showing that the goal in completing them was successful. Some of the differences in coloring you will find with this breed is the Himalayan pattern as well as different color points such as cream, tortoiseshell, lynx (tabby) and red.
Because they are closely related to the Siamese, Colorpoint Shorthairs are one of the kitty breeds that does not need frequent grooming. Instead, you can simply wet their fur occasionally as they will then groom themselves dry. If you want to, you can brush your cats with a rubber brush as this will get rid of loose hairs. Because this is a muscular breed, they need a diet that is well-balanced and includes large quantities of protein. To guarantee your new friend has a long and healthy life, look for better cat foods.
If you are planning on adopting Colorpoint Shorthairs, keep in mind that they take after their Siamese relatives and are in fact one of the cat breeds that is the most vocal. In fact, they have a range of more than 100 different vocal sounds which means they can cry in a way you probably haven't heard before. Like their Siamese cousins, they are also highly intelligent making them fairly easy to train. They are also very playful and active as well as sensitive to how their humans are feeling.
A Good Addition To The Family
In some cases a male Colorpoint Shorthair can become aggressive towards other pets (to show dominance or if they feel threatened) but this is rare and these cats of both genders generally get along well with both children and other pets. This means that they are ideal for any type of family whether you have pets, children or neither.