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The Rare Seychellois The Seychellois is a rare breed of cat in the Oriental group. It originated in the U.K. in the 1980s, when breeder Patricia Turner of Scintilia cattery wanted to recreate the coat patterns of cats in the Seychelles that she had read about. She did this by breeding bicolor Persians to Siamese […]

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The Stunning Savannah Cat The Savannah is one of the newest recognized breeds and unusual in that it is a cross between a domestic cat and a wild cat. Initially in 1986, Judee Frank bred a male Serval, a medium-sized wild African cat, with a domestic seal point female Siamese cat. The Breed Standard Suzi […]

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Snowshoe Cats Snowshoes originated in the United States in the 1960s and are the result of crosses between Siamese cats and bicolor American Shorthairs. This gives them the unique look of dark points with white feet and even a white inverted V on the face, like tuxedo cats. Markings Vary However, the markings vary quite […]

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The Ultimate Guide To the Ocicat

The Ultimate Guide To the Ocicat The Ocicat breed came about by accident, beginning in 1964 when Virginia Daly crossed an Abyssinian male with a seal point Siamese female, trying to develop an Aby-pointed Siamese cat. The first generation all looked Abyssinian, since the pointed coat pattern is genetically recessive. The Expected… However, these cats […]

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Himalayan Cats Are Gorgeous!

Himalayan Cats Are Gorgeous! Where Do Himmies Come From? Himalayan cats, or “Himmies”, were developed in the mid-1900s by crossing Siamese cats with Persians. Their pointed coat patterns and blue eyes come from the Siamese heritage, and a large variety of colors are accepted including seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, cream, and lynx […]

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The Beautiful Balinese Cat

The Beautiful Balinese Cat Balinese cats are essentially long-haired Siamese cats, and in fact were originally known as “long-haired Siamese.” These cats have been known since the 1920s, as occasional long-haired kittens were produced in a Siamese litter. They were not shown but only sold as household pets. MerryMews Cattery However, 30 years later two […]

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The Beautiful Oriental Cat: Shorthairs and Longhairs Orientals Come from Siamese The Oriental Shorthair and Longhair were founded from Siamese with the intention of exploring the many color and pattern combinations beyond points. During the 1950s in England, breeders with pedigreed Orientals were scarce. Consequently, Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, Abyssinians, and others were crossed with […]

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The Tonkinese Cat Tonkinese cats resulted from crossbreeding Siamese and Burmese. Like their two founding breeds, both of which originated in Thailand, they are medium-sized, muscular, energetic, intelligent, and curious. They have a modified wedge-shaped head with somewhat large wide-set ears. They tend to be a bit less demanding and vocal than Siamese cats, and […]

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