Cat - SiameseThe Siamese (Thai: วิเชียรมาศ, RTGS: Wichianmat) is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. The breed originated in Thailand (formerly known as Siam), where they are one of several native breeds and are called Wichian Mat (วิเชียรมาศ, a name meaning “moon diamond”). In the 20th century the Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America

The Thai or traditional Siamese shares some features with the Modern Siamese (e.g., the colour pattern and the short single coat, although not so short and “painted on” as the modern) but differs from it in head and body type. It has a “foreign” type (rather elongated, high on the legs, lithe but substantial, with medium boning) not an “oriental” type as in the modern Siamese and Oriental breeds and it has a modified wedge head, with rounded cheeks from which project a wedge-shaped muzzle (or “marten face” as it was called in 19th-century descriptions). The ears are moderately large and higher than those of the modern Siamese. The eyes are medium to slightly large, a full almond shape but not extremely “oriental.”

 

 

 

 

 

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