The Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Breed
The Colorpoint Shorthair was derived from efforts to produce a cat with red point color, a non-traditional color for Siamese. These breeding also produced tortie points and blue cream points.
In the early 1960’s, breeders also did experimental breeding to bring the tabby or lynx point gene into their breeding program. These new colors were voted down by the Siamese breeders. They felt the introduction of cats other than Siamese made these cats hybrids. In 1964 these colors were accepted as a new breed – the Colorpoint Shorthair.
The Colorpoint Shorthair is a long-bodied, fine-boned, leanly muscular cat with long, slender legs and a whip-like tapering tail. The wedge-shaped head has a long, straight nose, almond-shaped, slightly slanted eyes and large pointed ears.
The soft, fine coat is easy-care. The body color is pale with contrasting solid color or tabby pattern on the points (the mask, ears, legs & tail).
The Colorpoint Shorthair displays all the characteristics of the Siamese. They have a capacity to be extra-affectionate, extra-noisy, extra-demonstrative, extra-active and extra-playful. They have been credited with great intelligence and are ideal pets for those who are prepared to give and receive a lifetime of devotion.
COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR BODY/CONFORMATION
COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR HEAD TYPE
COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR COAT TEXTURE/LENGTH
COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR COLOR
Source: Canadian Cat Association