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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Colorpoint Shorthair

Colorpoint Shorthairs are the first cousins of the Siamese. This breed is distinguished by its elegance in sixteen different "point" colors beyond the four Siamese colors. In early breedings, breeders concentrated on cats with red or cream restricted to the points (face, legs, ears, tails and genitals). Early hybridizations with domestic shorthairs, and refinement by concentrating the Siamese gene with the red gene, produced the first of the colors to eventually be called Colorpoint Shorthairs.

The torties, or parti-colors, are an interesting phenomenon of the hybridization process of the red gene. The parti-colors are a byproduct of the red gene, and come in the four Siamese colors with random mottling ("blotching") of red and/or cream with the basic Siamese color. They often also have what is called a "blaze," a symmetrical split of the red and/or cream on one side of the face mask and the Siamese color, such as seal, on the other half. Indeed, this is a very striking appearance.

Like their Siamese cousins, Colorpoint Shorthairs require little grooming and are especially good in households with allergies to cats, since both breeds have little dander. An occasional bath is recommended, but allow the freshly bathed coat to air dry in a warm spot. Do not blow dry, but do brush the coat with the concave or short side of a small rubber brush to remove loose hair and make the coat lie smooth. The coat can be "finished" by smoothing with a chamois cloth.

Balanced diets high in protein are generally recommended, since part of the natural beauty of the Colorpoints is their glistening, muscular, hard, tubular bodies. Heed the instructions of your cat's breeder when you acquire your Colorpoint Shorthair, and you will be blessed with a long-lived, joyous companion.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011