The elegant and striking look of the Siamese makes it instantly recognisable. It has a medium-sized and athletic body that can weigh anywhere from 5 to 12 lbs.
This cat has a wedge-shaped head, which is narrower in the Modern Siamese variety. It is rather rounder or apple-shaped in the Traditional type. Its slanted almond-shaped blue eyes are mesmerising and have an alert, intelligent look to them. Some Siamese may have cross-eyed peepers, which is considered a defect. Its profile is straight, with a level bite. It has large, pricked ears that are wider at the base.
As mentioned, the Siamese cat has a long and svelte body, with legs beautifully proportionate to its slim frame. The back legs are longer than the front legs, and its oval-shaped feet are small. The standard breed has a straight and tapered tail. A kink is considered a defect.
This cat’s short-haired coat, its most distinctive feature, generally comes in 7 colour point variations. They are seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, tortie, and lynx. The rest of its body is of a lighter hue with some shading on its back. Its head, ears, tail, and feet are the only parts with the contrasting colour.
The colour contrast is due to an enzyme that triggers the development of the darker hues on the cat’s extremities. The enzyme is activated in cooler temperatures. As such, the parts of the cat that are cooler are darker while the warmer areas are pale. Siamese are born white but later develop its colour points.
The Siamese coat is easy to maintain and will only require weekly brushings.