THE HISTORY OF THE COLOR PT LYNX SIAMESE
THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LYNX SIAMESE
The Lynx Siamese cames in two varieties, the Traditional and Wedge Siamese. Additionally, both
Traditional and Wedge Color Point Lynx come in short and long hair. The difference between the solid
Color-Point and the Lynx-Point is the striped pattern on their foreheads with horizontal strips across
their cheeks starting at the corner of their eyes. The Lynx-Point has stripes across its face that
creates a "M" on its forehead. Their tails and legs are creatively enveloped with the same striped
pattern as their faces creating an classy and exotic appearance. The Applehead Snow-Tiger (Lynx
Point) Siamese, with an apple shaped head, is a larger, heavier and more robust cat than the Wedge
Lynx Siamese. A Traditional Applehead Snow Tiger Siamese weight range is anywhere from 13 to 20
pounds. They are strong big bodied cats with good muscle tone making them agile, strong animals.
While Applehead Siamese are yesteryears cats, their favorable characteristics have ensured their
continued popularity among breeders and pet-seekers alike.
Applehead Lynx-Point Siamese cats are well known for their longevity and good health and can live
anywhere from 15 to 25 years, sometimes even longer. They are resilient, sturdy cats with a hardier
immune system than their wedge counterparts, which typically live between only 5 to 10 years. This
rather significant discrepancy may be attributed to the fact that the more traditional Applehead
variety has a far more diverse genetic pool to draw from compared to that of the Wedge variety. As
a breeder of Traditional-Applehead Siamese cats I can rejoice with those who report of the joy of
owning a Traditional Siamese for 20 years or so and only sympathize with those that lament of
adopting and then tragically losing a Wedge Siamese after only 5 years
THE HEALTH OF THE LYNX SIAMESE
THE TEMPERAMENT OF THE LYNX SIAMESE
The Traditional Colorpoint Lynx Siamese is a combination of two breeds that make a welcoming
member in any home. Unlike the long haired Siamese (Balinese), which are more laid back, both
the short haired and the long haired Lynx-Point are more active and playful. They quickly attach
to their human family as well as to children, dogs or other cats, plays fetch and is leash trained
easily. Unlike the solid-pointed Siamese, the Lynx-Point is less vocal however and its personality is
generally more tempered than the solid-point Siamese.
They are full of hilarious antics that keep you laughing. They like to be noticed and demand your
attention. Like a dog, they come when you call their name and even possess the ability to
recognize many words. Females are said to be very motherly and are affectionate towards
children. They want to go everywhere you go and do everything you do.
Together with the aforementioned characteristics comes a strong sense of curiosity. While this
may be an endearing trait to many an onlooker it is often the cause of much owner-frustration.
Many owners can unfortunately relate to the old saying that "curiosity kills the cat". Hence, while
one may enjoy the tremendous privilege of owning and enjoying such a treasure it is important to
be mindful of the dangers such curious cats might encounter. They are busy bodies with a sense
of curiosity that can drive one nuts sometimes, nevertheless I adore my Siamese cats.
Besides my fondness for the Lynx Point and their resemblance to Siberian Tigers, they are a real
joy to have around. They captivate anyone's attention with their Siamese demeanor. They possess
a wonderful combination of Characteristics. Owning such a tiger-striped Siamese is like having an
authentic miniature snow tiger in your own home. These are precocious, inquisitive and highly
intelligent cats that leave no stone unturned and are on the prowl constantly. It's a pleasure to
watch these miniature snow tigers in action with body gestures reenacting the wild behavior of
their larger cousins the Siberian Tiger. Amazing and beautiful they are indeed.
Overall, the Traditional Colorpoint Lynx Siamese is a highly intelligent, inquisitive, playful and is a
people-orientated (people cats) breed. They are extremely affectionate, outgoing and enjoy
lounging around and playing with people.
The Color Point Lynx Siamese is a particularly attractive option for the discerning family pet-seeker
due to its exotic tiger-striped looks and dog-like personality. While they resemble a miniature tiger
living in your home, they also possess all those famously unique characteristics that the Siamese
offers and then some, including strong, sturdy bodies that are connected with their longevity.
I encourage you to consider these exotic creatures as an option next time you consider purchasing a
cat. At Siamese Royalty we strive to breed both Queens and Sires from the very best lines found
anywhere in America. You might want to be quick however, due to the popularity of the Colorpoint
Shorthair, it is usually necessary to reserve kittens ahead. It is perhaps worth noting that we sell
such exotic and well-pedigreed kittens for generally less than what you would generally pay when
purchasing other exotic or long-haired pedigreed varieties (like the Balinese, the Color Point Lynx, is
even rarer and is extremely difficult to find globally), from other reputable catteries.
Since the Colorpoint Shorthair and Siamese are technically the same cat, the breed standard or
description is virtually indentical aside from color and pattern. The general body color should be
pale and free from hip spots or extraneous pattern and the ears are solid colored (except in
Tortie/Torbie patterns) with a characteristic "thumb Print" mark. Although the preferred tabby
pattern is distinctly striped on the points, some agouti ticked or "Aby patterned" Colorpoints have
done very well on the show bench. This pattern is especially popular with breeders who want to
produce clear reds without striping. Nose leather conforms to the recognized Siamese standard for
particular color of points or is pink with a dark outline. The Tabby pattern is dominant, however,
two solid points from a tabby point breeding (tabby carrying the recessive solid pattern) will not
produce tabby point kittens.
WHAT IS THE COLOR POINT LYNX BREED STANDARD?
Picture of "Zorro". Photo courtesy of Permes
The story of the Colorpoint Shorthair begins as early as
1902, when "Tabby Point Siamese" were produced and
these are mentioned in a book titled "The Book of the
Cat" by Frances Simpson. They appeared in Scotland more
recently where in 1944 - 1949 they were called
"Silverpoint Siamese". They didn't become widely known
until the 1960's when they were introduced to the cat
fancy at a cat show in London, England. In 1966 they
were granted recognition by the Governing Council of the
Cat Fancy (GCCF) as Tabby Point Siamese and these cats
are the foundation for the Colorpoint Shorthair of today.
Colorpoint Shorthairs are the first cousins of the Siamese.
This breed is distinguished by its sixteen different "point"
colors compared to the four Siamese colors. Half-siblings
to the Siamese by virtue of their foundation and continued
breeding with the Siamese, the Colorpoint Shorthair is a
hybrid breed of the Siamese. The Term "Colorpoint
Shorthair" was coined to cover Siamese cats in other
colors and patterns in Registries which did not wish to
include them in the Siamese breed group.
As time progressed and the early hybrids gained popularity, the tabby versions of the Siamese were
introduced into the Colorpoint Shorthair programs in the four Siamese color varieties. In CFA, these
tabby pointed cats are called Lynx-Points(Snow Tiger) and are exhibited in their own "Lynx-Point
class" as Seal-Lynx points, Chocolate-Lynx points, Blue-Lynx points, Lilac-Lynx points, Red-Lynx
points and Cream-Lynx points.
The development of the Lynx Point pattern was more of an accidental breeding between the household
striped Tabby and a Purebred Siamese. The offspring of a cross between a domestic Tabby cat and a
Siamese resulted in kittens that retained the Siamese points expressed in stripes as opposed to the
original solid markings found in a Siamese. From the Siamese they retained the color-point gene, and
from their solid colored ancestor they retained a variety of point colors. Selective breeding between
these hybrids to other purebred Siamese improved and intensified the markings, type and eye color.
After several years of breeding these hybrid foundational cats to already established registered
purebred Siamese, breeders were able to register with various cat registries. The Lynx-Point Siamese
made an impression amongst cat Fanciers at Cat Shows. Although Cat Fanciers were fascinated by the
new stripped pattern, very few Breeders expressed enough interest in them and consequently continued
to breed only the popular solid-pointed Siamese. As a result, the popularity of the Lynx point has
only slowly gained acceptance. Despite this, the diligence of reputable breeders who had taken an
interest in preserving the Lynx Siamese has made it possible for many today to enjoy the unique
beauty and personality of these purebred cats. The Lynx point retains the exoticness of their large
cousin the Siberian Tiger and with their Tiger-stripped points, ivory bodies, vivid blue-eyes , exotic
appearance, famous affectionate, intelligence and dog like disposition these miniature Snow Tigers are
now gaining the popularity they truly deserve.
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|Michael Fox holding his Seal Color Pt Lynx
the Wedge Siamese Lynx as featured in this clip.
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