The streets of Singapore (from the Sanskrit "Singapura") are the origin of this breed, which was brought into the U.S. in the early 1970s by Hal and Tommy Meadow, expatriates moving home. Early Singapura breeders quickly went to work to establish purebred characteristics such as breeding true, uniformity of appearance, and, above all, health and disposition.
The Singapura is a smaller-than-average shorthaired cat with noticeably large eyes and ears. The light beige coloring is unique and thought by some to be similar to cougars. Eyes may be hazel, green, or yellow, but mature eye color is not predicable in kittens. Many veterinarians seeing a Singapura for the first time are apt to think something might be wrong with the kitten, since it is so small. The Singapura is slow to develop and will not attain its full size until about 15 to 24 months of age.
The Singapura's disposition is that of a pesky people cat -- an extroverted, curious, playful but nondestructive cat that insists on helping you with everything. They are very intelligent and interactive with people and remain so even into old age. Disposition is one of their most endearing attributes. If you want a cat geared to four on the floor, don't consider owning a Singapura.