The appetite for varieties and the desire to seek for perfection have resulted in the appearance of the Colorpoint Shorthair cat, a man-made breed. Concerted effort to produce this breed started in the 1940s, where breeders perceived a certain beauty of Siamese in red coat. The breeding was also purposed to create an assortment of coat colors for the Siamese breed.
Siamese, American Shorthairs and Abyssinians were the main breeds there were roped in for the breeding program. Innumerable failures eventually gave way to the successful delivery of a breed with beautiful pointing and a more muscular body than the Siamese. It had then become the foundation of a new breed.
The breed was bred back with the Siamese in order to retain the body type and personality. Even though generations of breeding had established the Colorpoint Shorthair with a distinct group of genes of its own, it is still considered by some to be a hybrid of Siamese cats.
In order to distinguish this new breed and to quell the protests from Siamese breeders, the cat fanciers decided on Colorpoint Shorthair as the new name for this cat type. The Cat Fanciers Association advanced championship status to the red and cream Colorpoint Shorthair in 1964 and the lynx and tortie Colorpoint Shorthair in 1969.
Selective breeding of this breed had retained the body and head type of the Siamese, but had also created an assortment of 16 possible color variations of Colorpoint Shorthair.
Physical appearance and attributes
Colorpoint Shorthair is in many ways like the Siamese and can be said to be indistinguishable from it. It is a medium-sized breed that weighs between 5 – 10 pounds. Its fine boning, svelte and lithesome body parallels the elegance of a porcelain vase of refined smoothness and defined curvatures. Colorpoint’s hind legs are longer than the front; they are slender with dainty, oval paws. The body is balanced with a long, thin tail that tapers to a fine point, extending the beautiful body lines beyond sight.
The wedge-shaped head is proudly held up by a strong graceful neck. It has large, flaring ears that are wide at the base and pointed at the tips, displaying the same triangular shape as its head. Eyes are of a nice almond-shaped, with the inner corners slanting towards the nose and the outer corners tilted upwards. They draw you in with the purest, most calming blue.
Colorpoint has a coat of short, fine hair that lies close to the body. What defines the Colorpoint is its coat that can come in an assortment of 16 different colors and patterns. These include red point, cream point and lynx point. The pointing colour darkens with age and is significantly different from the body color, typically appearing on the ears, legs and tail. These points may show evidence of tabby striping or tortoiseshell patterns, which is one of the distinctive attributes that sets it apart from the Siamese.
Personality and temperament
Through its persistent and uninhibited vocalization of opinions, the Colorpoint is immediately known for its extroverted and highly interactive nature. It has an exclusive fondness towards loved ones. The devotion and affection of the Colorpoint is displayed through its attachment in following the members of the household and through its pleasure derived from snuggling with them or riding on their shoulders.
Colorpoint is also remarkably sensitive to moods and has the innate disposition to bring comfort to those who are feeling low. Among the most intelligent cat breeds, the Colorpoint is capable of opening doors, drawers and rifling through bags and stuff for something interesting to play.
Athletic and agile, it is always active and participative in any forms interactive play. It takes pleasure in most types of toys and climbing poles.
Care and health issues
Colorpoint shorthair has an average lifespan of between n12 – 17 years. Even though it is a generally healthy breed, one of the few health issues to note include endocardial fibroelastosis, a type of heart and lung disease, which has been known to occur in Siamese breed. Ensuring that the breed has undergone the necessary tests for genetic diseases through a qualified breeder would definitely reduce the occurrence of such health issues.
A potbelly can be developed from over-eating even for Colorpoint’s long, muscular body. Thus, its diet and nutrition would need to be carefully controlled.
Colorpoint requires minimum grooming as its short, fine hair can be easily cared for with twice a week combing. A stainless steel comb or soft bristle would suffice to help remove accumulated dead hair and to reveal a healthier coat. Brushing the teeth regularly would prevent periodontal disease.
Basic care for nails, ears and eyes as well as its litter box would need to be observed to promote a healthier growth and environment for the Colorpoint.
The ideal home
This friendly, sociable and active breed is an ideal pet for any homes with children and cat-friendly dogs. Members of the home can enjoy the game of fetch and other interactive tricks and play with the Colorpoint. It is an excellent companion for those who love spending time with a highly opinionated, sensitive and affectionate cat.
Being an excellent jumper, the Colorpoint’s love for heights would be satisfied with perches and cat trees. Adequate forms of entertainment would also need to be provided for to keep this breed engaged. The Colorpoint has not been associated with a dull day.
Any home that owns a Colorpoint Shorthair cat is sure to receive much life, warmth and love from this unassuming breed in return for the care and love extended to it.