The Colorpoint Shorthair is the cousin of the
Siamese, distinguished only by the addition of color and color points in the coat. They
are a hybrid of the Siamese, far different in their structure today than in their
beginnings. Their standard is the same as that of the Siamese, in fact, differing only in
coat length and color. The original coat change was the addition of red and cream, and to
this was added a lynx pointed tabby with six colors: seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red,
and cream. Finally, parti-color were added. It is interesting to note that the red/cream
is sex based, so only females can be parti-color. A notable phenomenon of the
hybridization process is a blotching or splotching of the red and cream that can cause a
'blaze' or symmetrical split of the red or cream and traditional Siamese color in the
face mask, giving them a striking appearance. The colors of the coat should be clear,
with an allowance made for darker colors in older cats as the coat darkens with age.
Points are found on the mask, ears, feet, legs and tail. There are three color classes
with 16 acceptable colors and combinations.
The head of the Colorpoint should be a long,
tapered wedge that is medium in size and in proportion to the body. Ears are strikingly
large, pointed and continue the lines of the wedge. The eyes should be set no less than
one eye width apart and be a vivid blue. They should be almond shaped and medium
The body should be medium in size, graceful, long
and svelte. This is a Siamese body and differs only in coat. It should be that distinct
combination of fine bones and firm muscle found in all Siamese cats, with shoulders and
hips continuing the sleek lines. Legs should be long and slim with the hind legs longer
than the front. Paws should be small, dainty and oval.