Siamese Cat History

Siamese cat history

The Siamese cat history has some debate as to which body type first originated. Fans of the traditional “apple head” take great pride in claiming that the rounder huskier body type is the original Siamese. This body type appeared in the Western world in the late 1880’s when they were imported into England and began appearing in cat shows there. Fans of the more Extreme Wedge Head Siamese claim that the long, lithe tapering body is the original Siamese because ancient drawings and paintings reveal the Siamese as a long slender muscular cat.

Applehead Siamese

Apple Head Siamese Cat

Wedge Head Siamese

Wedge Head Siamese Cats

The breed standard established by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, call for the long, lithe body topped by a tapering wedge shape head. 

Siamese Are considered to be One of the Oldest Breeds

Considered to be one of the oldest cat breeds, it is believed that the origin of Siamese cats came from Thailand, formally known as Siam. This ancient Asian land is the source of the breed’s name and it's more flattering, legendary reference, “The Royal Cats of Siam.” It is believed that the cats were sacred and were used as guards of ancient temples. Known as Royal points, these cats were honored in such high regard that no one except the King and members of the royal family were permitted to own them. It is said that the Royal cat of Siam is a product of a mating between the “Egyptian cat” and “wild cat” of Siam.

Siamese are a "natural" Breed

There seems to be some mystery on how the Siamese made it into Western Culture. This feline is considered by many to be a “natural” breed, one that developed without the interference of man. Pictures of Seal Point appeared in the manuscript "Cat-Book Poems", written in Siam (now Thailand) sometime between 1350 and 1700.

Siamese Cat History

Mrs. Robert Locke founded the Beresford Cat Club in 1899 and was its first president. Mrs. Locke owned the first registered Siamese cats in America named "Calif," "Siam," and "Bangkok."

According to Siamese Cat History, In 1884, it is recorded that the British Consul-General was given a Siamese from the king of Siam as a farewell gift. This was considered a great honor sense the cat was bred in the palace by the royal family. The cats caught great attention by the public sense they have never seen one before. There was a famous quote describing them as “unnatural nightmare of a cat” but that did not stop them from becoming one of the favorite cats of the British Cat Fanciers. England founded its first Siamese Cat Fancier’s club in 1902. 

To learn more about house cat history go here - A Brief History of House Cats

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