Colorpoint Shorthair

A portrait of a cream point colorpoint shorthair cat

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.


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

Ideal Human Companion

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

What They Are Like to Live With

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

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.

Top photograph: CarlSalonen/Getty Images

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