The GCCF Siamese Standard of Points

“A breed standard has three purposes: it is defined in an attempt to ensure conformity and continuity of type within a breed; it safeguards the health of the breed by guarding against the introduction of unhealthy traits; it gives judges a standard against which to measure representatives of that breed” . Julia Craig-McFeely: The Siamese Standard of Points 1884-1999.

The Siamese reached a peak of popularity during the 1950’s to 1970’s and the standard of points remains virtually unchanged prior to that time. A good type Siamese, whether shown or not, should meet the original Siamese Standard of Points. Breeders of the Old-style Siamese Club are specifically guarding against the over-typed look that has led to some serious health problems in the Modern Siamese in the USA.

Prestwick Perak

Ch. Prestwick Perak (b.1920s)

General Standard of Points revised and issued by the Siamese Cat Club and the GCCF in 1958 (Link and excerpts from current standard can be viewed at the bottom): 

Ch. Clonlost Yo-Yo (born 1949)

Ch. Clonlost Yo-Yo (born 1949)

( Blue and Chocolate were recognised as dilutes of Seal at this time, Lilac was to be recognised in the 1960s)

Type and Shape (50): 

Head (15). Long and well proportioned with width between the eyes narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle.

Ears (5). Rather large and pricked, wide at the base.

Eyes (5). Brilliant deep blue, shape oriental and slanting towards the nose. No squint.

 Body (15). Medium in size, body long and svelte.

Legs and Paws (5): L egs proportionally slim, hind legs slightly higher than front ones, feet small and oval.

Tail(5):  long and tapering (straight or slightly kinked at the extremity).

Colour (50)

Eyes (15): Brilliant deep blue, shape oriental and slanting towards the nose. No squint.

Body Colour (10). Points (10). For seal: cream shading gradually into pale warm fawn on the back. Mask, ears, legs and tail dense and clearly defined seal brown. mask complete and (except in kittens) connected by tracings with the ears.

Texture of Coat (10) Condition (5): Very short and fine in texture, glossy and close lying.

 And for those interested in a bit of history…

The standard of points for what was then known as the Royal Siamese formally originates with the Siamese Cat Club. The standard was written in 1902 in order to protect the breed. Later on (1910) it was used by the GCCF as the first standard for Siamese.

The beautiful Cora, born 1898.

Standard of Points 1902: 

(At this point only seal points were recognised)

Body Colour (20). As light and even as possible, cream being most desirable, but fawn also admissible, without streaks, bars, blotches, or any other body markings.

Points (15). i.e.,mask, ears, legs, feet and tail, dark and clearly defined, of the shade known as ‘seal’ brown.

Mask (15) Complete, i.e.. connected by tracings with the ears, neither separated by a pale ring (as in kittens), nor blurred and indistinct, the desideratum being to preserve the ‘marten’ face, an impression greatly aided by a good mask.

Eyes (20) Bright and decidedly blue.

Coat (10) Glossy and close lying.

Shape (10) Body rather long, legs proportionally slight.

Head (10) Rather long and pointed.

General Appearance. With points emphasised above, a somewhat curious and striking looking cat of medium size, if weighty, not showing bulk, as this would detract from the admired ‘svelte’ appearance. In type, in every particular the reverse of the ideal short-haired domestic cat, and with properly preserved contrasts in colour, a very handsome animal, often also distinguished by a kink in the tail.

Remarks. While admitting that blue, blacks and whites and tabbies and other coloured cats may also be cats of Siam, these being common to all parts of the world, this Club recognises only as Siamese cats, those cats the points of which conform to the above standard, and is, in fact, desirous of encouraging the breeding of those particular cats first made known to British fanciers as the ‘royal’ Siamese.

(The Book of the Cat by Frances Simpson 1903)

GCCF Standard Of Points 2013

With kind permission of the GCCF, below is an extract of the current Standard of Points (with changed description) as last updated in 2013. For those who are interested, the full Standard of Points can be found via the GCCF Breed page for Siamese.

(General Type Standard)

The Siamese Cat should be a beautifully balanced animal with head, ears and neck carried on a long svelte body, supported on fine legs and feet, with a tail in proportion. The head and profile should be wedge-shape, neither round nor pointed. The eyes should be a clear brilliant blue; the expression alert and intelligent.

Type (50):

Head (15) – Long and well proportioned, with width between the ears, narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle, with straight profile, strong chin and level bite, carried upon an elegant neck.

Ears (5) – Rather large and pricked, wide at the base, set so as to follow the lines of the wedge. Adult exhibits should be penalised equally for ears which are set too high or too low, distorting the balance of the triangular effect.

Eyes (5) – Oriental in shape and slanting towards the nose, but with width between. They should not be deep-set. The haw should not cover more than the corner of the eye.

Body (15) Legs and Feet (5)– Body medium in size, long and svelte, legs proportionately slim, hind legs slightly higher than the front legs, feet small and oval. The body, legs and feet should all be in proportion, giving the whole a well balanced appearance.

Tail (5)– Long and tapering and free from any kink.

Colour (50):

Points – Mask, ears, feet and tail dense and clearly defined colour, matching in basic colour on all points, showing clear contrast between points and body colour. Mask complete and (except in kittens) connected by tracings with the ears.

Coat – Very short and fine in texture, glossy and close-lying.

Colours – As per individual colour standards, any shading to appear on back and sides. Bib, chest and belly to be pale.

Compiled by Emrys Siamese © 2014