/Breed Introduction: Colourpoint Shorthair Cat

Breed Introduction: Colourpoint Shorthair Cat

The Colourpoint Shorthair is talkative and opinionated. They will tell you exactly what they think, in a loud and raspy voice. They expect you to pay attention and act on his advice. Colourpoint are extremely fond of their people. They like to be “helpful”, and will follow you around and supervise your every move. When you are sitting down, a Colourpoint Shorthair will be in your lap, and at night he will be in bed with you, probably under the covers with his head on the pillow. Colourpoint do not like being left alone for long periods, and if you work during the day it can be smart to get more than one cat so they can keep each other company.

Breed Origin


The breed was developed using Siamese Cats as the foundation and then crossing it with a red American Shorthair to bring in a new colour. That was successful and attractive, and the cats became the basis for a new breed: the Colourpoint Shorthair. Eventually, other non-traditional colours were created. The breed was recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1964. The International Cat Association considers the Colourpoint a variety of Siamese, not a separate breed.

Breed Characteristics


1. Colourpoints are medium-size cats that typically weigh 5 to 10 pounds.

2. The Colorpoint is highly intelligent, agile and athletic, and loves to play. Keep his busy brain active with puzzle toys, and his body exercised with teaser toys that he can chase. He is fully capable of opening doors and drawers or rifling through your purse in search of something interesting or shiny to play with.

3. The same problems that may affect the Siamese can also affect the Colourpoint Shorthair, including the following:

Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the liver in members of the Siamese family

Asthma/bronchial disease

Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis

Crossed eyes

4. The short, fine coat of the Colourpoint is easily cared for. Comb it every couple of weeks with a stainless steel comb or soft bristle brush to remove dead hair, and then polish it with a soft cloth to make it shine. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.

5. The active and social Colourpoint is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He gets along with cats and dogs who respect his authority.