Colorpoint Shorthair Cats

Colorpoints share temperament with the Siamese. They are vocal and demanding of attention. They are also very active and love to play.

Colorpoint Shorthair

Colorpoint Shorthair Pictures

  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named Mickey (in Memory)
  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named C.C.  (*cute/ curious)
  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named Paloma
  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named Kami
  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named Maggie Mae (In Loving Memory)
  • Colorpoint Shorthair cat named Lil Weasel
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Ideal Human Companions

    • Families with older children
    • Families with other pets
    • Singles with other pets
    • People who don’t mind a very vocal cat

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Trademark Traits

    • Active
    • Needs attention
    • Highly playful
    • Close related to Siamese
    • Very vocal

What They Are Like to Live With

Colorpoints are intelligent cats that get along well with children and other pets.

Things You Should Know

Colorpoints are very vocal cats, and will demand attention by crying.

They are very closely related to the Siamese.

Colorpoints are sensitive to their owner’s moods.

Colorpoint Shorthair History

Development of the Colorpoint Shorthair first began in the 1940s when British and American Siamese breeders tried to produce cats that were similar to the Siamese, but in pointed colors other than those typically seen in the Siamese breed. They crossed Siamese with Abyssinians and red tabby Domestic Shorthairs. The results were mixed, but eventually these cats were crossed back to Siamese.

These cats were still considered Siamese, which caused controversy within the breed. Finally, the name Colorpoint Shorthair was given to these cats. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized them as a separate breed from the Siamese in 1974. Today, the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA) and The International Cat Association (TICA) recognize them as a type of Siamese.

The Look of a Colorpoint Shorthair

Colorpoint Shorthairs look a lot like their Siamese cousins when it comes to body type. They have a long, lean appearance, a wedge-shaped head and large ears. They come in colors that won’t be seen in Siamese cats, including Himalayan pattern and many different color points.

Talk About Colorpoint Shorthairs 

Loves to relieve toy mice of their tails

Tabitha Babette LeMieux came into my life as a result of her following my fiance home where she had apparently been abandoned in a parking lot. She was then a 3-month-old kitten and the vet confirmed that she was in good health. Now she's 15 months old and quite small (7.2 pounds) compared to her "brother" Murray, a brown tabby who weighs in at 22 pounds!

Tabs is a colorpoint shorthair (brown tabby markings and bright blue eyes) but she's not the least bit vocal like Murray except when it comes to "Kitty Treatie Time." She's very smart, loves to travel, and enjoys getting into things (the cabinets, the coat closet, the washing machine, the dryer, the refrigerator, the oven when it's off, my purse, etc.).

Tabitha loves to play and especially likes those fake mice that are covered in rabbit fur, but she loses interest once she has relieved them of their tails and "killed" them. Just give her a new one, tail intact, and she's happy.

She and Murray are dominant kitties so they tolerate each other but do not cuddle together. When I first got Tabitha, I had to keep them separate for three months before they'd get along. Murray was so upset when I introduced Tabs that he wouldn't let me touch him for three days!

Colorpoint Shorthairs are incredibly beautiful, intelligent, attach themselves to one person, treat individuals as such, and are cuddly when they want to be (like almost all cats). If you don't adopt a shelter or stray kitty, let one of this breed pick you out.

~Deborah C., owner of a Colorpoint Shorthair

My cuddle buddy

My colorpoint cat chose me. I was working overnight at Walmart and we had a tent sale, so someone had to be out there at night watching it (a very boring gig). He came along and kept me company. And when I went on break he followed me, so i took him home. It was very obvious he needed a home. He was hurt, and had an injury under his chin. I cleaned it and doctored it every day. Now he is healthy and is my best friend. He is very vocal, so don't get this breed if you like it quiet. Mine is very loving. I call him my cuddle buddy, because that's what he does when I first get into bed.

~Analisa W., owner of a colorpoint shorthair mix

Sensitive to their owners' moods

I found my colorpoint shorthair, Ling, in a gutter pipe outside of a shopping center where I worked. I have no idea how he got there, but we are very glad to have found him.

He is sweet and very loving. He does love attention. He is also very playful, and I always have to have plenty of toys around.

The article is right on target when it talks about colorpoints being very sensitive to their owners' moods. He gets scared easily if there is arguing in the house or if he is scolded. I usually have to go get him and pet him for a while to calm him down. All in all, he is very lovable and we are very happy to have him in our family.

~Melanie P., owner of a Colorpoint Shorthair

Royal by name, royal by nature

His Majesty King Valdemar was born in my closet, one of only two kittens in the litter. His sister had complications and had to be put down. I never expected him to survive (as all of his mother's previous litters didn't). This October he turned 9 years old.

I have searched for a breed that he fit into and finally, thanks to Animal Planet, I discovered it. He was very vocal for years, but now he only speaks when spoken to. His grand aughter now lives with us and she inherited his colours but the Siamese pattern. She, however, has never uttered a word. They are truly individuals. And I love them so much I gave them royal titles!

~Brandon R W, owner of a Colorpoint Shorthair