Colorpoint Shorthair cat: origins, characteristics and personality

Colorpoint Shorthair cat: origins, characteristics and personality

Colorpoint Shorthair cat

The Colorpoint Shorthair cat is a cute and loving cat that needs (and deserves) all the attention he can get. He might resent it if he does not get the attention he wants. This loyal cat is sensitive to their owner’s mood, so he is a great companion.

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The Colorpoint Shorthair cat is a type of Siamese cat. The most important difference between the Colorpoint and a regular Siamese is the color of the coat, of course. Of course, the Siamese was the foundation of this cat breed. These cats were crossed with red American Shorthairs to produce a new color.

The result was really pretty and it became the foundation for the Colorpoint Shorthair cat. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the new breed in 1964. The International Cat Association does not consider the Colorpoint Shorthair cat as a separate breed from the Siamese.

Physical characteristics

The body of the Colorpoint Shorthair is long, hard, with fine boning that starts with a wedge-shaped head sporting large and flaring ears. Probably the most striking feature is the almond-shaped deep blue eyes.

Their coat is short and comes in a variety of colorpoint colors that include Blue Point, Chocolate Point, Cinnamon Point, Cream Point, Fawn Point, Lilac Point, Lynx Point (in any of the colors), Red Point (also known as Flame Point), Seal Point, Tortie Point (in any of the colors), and Torbie Point (in any of the colors).


This cat likes to talk a lot and he will come next to you to talk about how his day was. He is also pretty opinionated. They need your undivided attention and expect you to behave according to advice.

These cats are very fond of their people. They will follow you all around the house and check on your every move. When you sit, he will go to your lap and go with you to bed.

Caring for a Colorpoint Shorthair cat

Combing the coat of the Colorpoint might be required every two weeks.  Since the coat is short, there is really not much of maintenance required there. Make sure you clean your cat’s eyes and ears regularly.

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