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Siamese

Siamese cats make devoted pets who offer their owners plenty of attention. Their sociable, active personalities make them excellent additions to the family home.

About the Siamese

Siamese cats are loving, loyal, intuitive, demanding and sociable. They thrive on attention. Siamese are very intelligent and playful cats who are able to entertain themselves for hours. 

These cats have their favourite toys and never tire of playing throughout their lives. They love warm places and will find the most comfortable, warm spot in their home to settle for a nap.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics

Country
Thailand
Coat
Short coat
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
15–20 years

Loving / Loyal / Playful / Vocal / Intelligent / Active

Key facts

  • Needs little grooming
  • Suited to indoor and outdoor life
  • Happiest in pairs
Siamese adult in black and white

Origins of the breed

The exact origins of the Siamese are not known, but there are a number of legends and stories about them. Once known as the Royal Cat of Siam, these cats were already recorded in manuscripts of the 14th century. In the 19th century, the German naturalist, Pallas, also described white cats with dark extremities that he had seen in central Asia.

Siamese were exported to England and were first seen there at London’s Crystal Palace show, in 1871. They were totally unlike any other breed that had been seen at that time and got a mixed reception. The first standard was established in the U.K. in 1892.

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