Siamese and Oriental SH ABBREVIATION: SI, OS REVISION: 05/01/91 POINT DISTRIBUTION: HEAD AND EARS 24 points Profile 6 points Wedge 6 points Chin 4 points Ears 6 points Minimum width between eyes 2 points EYES 10 points Shape and Size 6 points Set (slant) 4 points BODY 40 points Size, Structure, Balance 12 points Musculature 12 points Neck 3 points Legs 4 points Feet 3 points Tail 6 points COAT 10 points Texture 4 points Shortness 3 points Closeness 3 points COLOR 16 points Body 6 points Point 6 points Eye 4 points ------------------------------------------------------------------------ RECOGNIZED CATEGORIES/DIVISIONS/COLORS: Pointed Category, all Divisions, all Colors. GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The ideal Siamese is a svelte, graceful, refined cat of medium size with long, tapering lines. It is in excellent physical condition, very strong, lithe and muscular. The head is a long tapering wedge, of medium size, in good proportion to the body. The wedge is created by straight lines extending from the nose to the tips of the ears, forming a triangle, with no break at the whiskers. When whiskers are smoothed back, the underlying bone structure is apparent. There is no less than the width of an eye between the eyes. Allowance must be made for jowls in the stud cat. The desirable profile may be seen as a long flat, straight line extending from the top of the head to the tip of the nose OR as two flat planes with a very slight change in angle midway over the eyes. There should be no dip at the nose. A straight line is seen from the tip of the nose to the tip of the chin. The ears are strikingly large, but in proportion to the head. The ears are set so as to be in a continuing line with the wedge, neither too high nor too flared. The eyes are almond-shaped, of medium size, set in an Oriental slant toward the nose so that a projection of the line from the inner eye corner through the outer eye corner would extend to the center of the base of the ear. The body is long, tubular, hard and muscular, giving the sensation of solid weight without excessive bulk. The overall body structure is finely boned and well-muscled (as a swimmer). Males in general, are proportionately larger than females. The tail is long and thin, tapering to a fine point, adding to the overall appearance of length. The legs are long, slim and fine-boned in proportion to the overall size of the cat. The hind legs are higher than the front legs. The feet are small and dainty, oval in shape. While the breed is considered "medium" in size, balance and proportion are to be considered of greater consequence. The cat should "fit together". If it is extreme in one part, all parts should be extreme to retain balance. COLOR: Even color on the body with any shading to be in the color of the points. Allowance for darker body shading in older cats; however, definite contrast between body and points must exist. Lack of leg and tail barring desirable, except in lynx points. There is a range of color within each color class. Emphasis is to be on clarity of point color; points (i.e., mask, ears, feet, tail) clearly defined and matching; and good point-body contrast. (Example: There should be NO preference given to a deep slate blue point over a pastel blue point on the basis of point color alone.) Allowance for slow and/or incomplete development of point color in kittens. ALLOWANCES: Incomplete mask in kittens and young adults to 18 months. Dip above the eyes (headache band) in kittens and young adults to 18 months. Ghost barring of the tail and flanks in kittens and young adults to 18 months. PENALIZE: Malocclusions. Receding or excessively massive chin. Sanded or shaved coat. Belly spots and/or flank spots. Crossed eyes. Visible protrusion of the cartilage at the end of the sternum. Any evidence of poor condition. WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS: Evidence of illness, poor health, emaciation. Visible tail fault. White toes and feet, or patches of white in the points, except in particolor points. See Show Rules for rules governing penalties/disqualifications applying to all cats. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ HEAD: Shape: Wedge. Profile: Long; straight line or slight change of angle midway over eyes. Muzzle: Wedge-shaped. Muzzle Break: None. Skull: Flat. Chin/Jaw: Tip of nose in line with tip of chin. Miscellaneous: 1) Allow for jowls in stud cats. 2) No less than the width of an eye between the eyes. EARS: Shape: Wide at base. Size: Strikingly large. Placement: Continuation of the wedge. EYES: Shape: Almond. Size: Medium. Set: Oriental slant toward the nose such that a line from inner corner through outer corner is in line with center of base of ear. Color: Blue. NECK: Length: Long. Size: Slender. BODY: Shape: Tubular; equal width at shoulders and hips. Size: Medium. Boning: Fine. Length: Long. Musculature: Very firm, lithe. TAIL: Shape: Narrow at base, tapering to a fine point. Size: In proportion to overall cat. Length: Long. LEGS: General: Long. Hind legs higher than front legs. Boning: Fine. Musculature: Firm. FEET: Shape: Oval. Size: Small. COAT: Length: Very short. Texture: Fine. Density: Close-lying; tight.