Daantje and Tobias Courtesy of Evelein and Annet in The Netherlands
When it comes to the Siamese relatives there may be a lot of gray areas. There are many exotic Oriental cats who have direct links to the Siamese, while others are believed to be, and some histories are unclear. Some of these breeds are considered original breeds like the Burmese and Korat who by the way also originated from Thailand, the same origin of the Siamese. Some breeds were specifically crossed with the Siamese. One very popular breed most have heard of is the Himalayan. Now the Himalayan would never be considered a Siamese. But this beautiful cat was created specifically by breeding the two most popular breeds in 1930, which was the Siamese and the Persian. The Cat Fanciers' Association which is the worlds largest registry of pedigreed cats do not recognize the Himalayan as a separate breed but as a color variation of the Persian. I will provide information about some of the other “ese”, other color points, and oriental cats. This will be based on information that I gather. This will be open for others to add what they know of these breeds and other breeds. I hope to get a lot of participants who will provide their own personal knowledge about cats who are related to the Siamese... or not. So lets start with the Oriental Shorthairs.
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