The points of the Seal Point Siamese are the darkest and appear seal brown to black. This is the most popular color and what most people imagine when they think of a Siamese cat. It is the Seal Points that have one of the greatest histories when it comes to cats. These are referred to as the cats of Siam, that later became Thailand. These original seal points also had the round-apple heads and the stockier bodies. For more about the history of the Siamese, go here to Siamese Cat History.
In juvenile and younger cats, the points will be more apparent. As the siamese ages, its body will become darker. The cream color body of the Seal point starts to darken early in life. Seal points can only make it as show cats for only less than two years because their bodies start to become too dark for show standards. The darkening also depends on the climate or even how cool or warm you keep your house. If the seal point lives in a warmer climate his body will stay lighter than if he was in a cold climate.
A very common question asked is why does the Siamese coat change color throughout the year. Especially in the face. As the weather changes and gets warmer, the cat will get lighter. This color change is likely more observant in Seal Points, sense they are the darkest. My first cat ever was a Seal Point. She made me see cats very differently, because before her, I never really liked cats. As she got older she also became much darker all over her body, to the point where she was almost all black, especially on her back... however her belly was a much lighter color.
The original Siamese cats were seals and all other coat colors are derived from the this type of Siamese. No wonder this coat color is more popular considering that they have made their way into books, and the big screen. There have been some famous cats like “Tao” from the original “Incredible Journey”, and that mischievous cat from “That Darn Cat”.
After the original Seal Points Siamese made their way to the western world, they became incredibly popular. Thus started the breeding of this beautiful cat. Throughout the breeding, the slender, almond head became the most popular body type for cat fanciers. Also, through this breeding other colors started to arise. The Seals are still the most common, but a diluted version of the Seals is the Chocolate Point Siamese. Some have difficult distinguishing the Seals form the Chocolates. As the name applies the chocolate points have more of a milk chocolate color, where the Seal points are almost black. The bodies of the Chocolates are also a much lighter creamier color.