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The Colorpoint Shorthair is an affectionate breed, devoted and loyal to its people. Sensitive to the moods of their owners, Colorpoints are more than happy to sit by your side or on your lap and purr words of encouragement on a bad day. Colorpoints, like Siamese, are talkative and want to talk about their day with anyone who will listen. If you don’t seem to want to pay attention to them, they will insist and follow you around the house chattering in their somewhat husky voice. Colorpoints are very intelligent and easily learn to play games such as fetch. An object as simple as a wad of paper or as sophisticated as a stuffed mouse will become the object of all their attention, as they demand that you throw it to them to get it back.
The Colorpoint Shorthair, like many of the CFA breeds, is a man-made breed. In the 1940s-1950s, a few adventurous breeders decided that the beautiful Siamese would look good in red. A seal point Siamese was crossed with a red brindle American shorthair, and the breed was born. The CFA elevated Colorpoints to championship status in 1964 with the red and cream points, and advanced the lynx and tortie points in 1969. The Colorpoint Shorthair breed now includes 16 colours, with a body and head type identical to the Siamese. Today’s Colorpoints are elegant and refined, with long, hard bodies, fine bone and wedge-shaped heads with large, flared ears. Their almond-shaped eyes are deep blue, slanting towards the nose, in harmony with the wedge head shape and ear placement. A blindfolded person holding a good Siamese and a good Colorpoint should not be able to tell them apart.
Like their Siamese cousins, shorthaired Colorpoints require little grooming. Most do not need a bath. A gentle brushing with a rubber brush will remove loose hairs, and the coat can be “finished” by smoothing with a chamois cloth. A good diet with plenty of protein and plenty of play exercise will maintain the muscular body that is part of the Colorpoint’s natural beauty. These cats are heat seekers; they enjoy the warmth of your lap even on warm summer evenings. Colorpoints bask in the sun during the day and sleep under the covers with you at night. Pay attention to the instructions from your cat’s breeder when you purchase your Colorpoint Shorthair, and you will be blessed with a happy, long-lived companion.”
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