One of the best things about going to cat shows is you get to see a lot of different breeds. The show in Stamford was especially good; of the 40 breeds recognised by the CFA, 27 were present at the show we attended.
Take the Siamese, for example. When I was a kid, they were shaped more like Abys! Now, they’re very slender, sleek cats with dainty, refined features.
Compare these guys to Pyewacket in Bell, Book and Candle and you’ll see what I mean!
Technically, this guy isn’t a “Siamese,” but a Colorpoint Shorthair.
All that means, really, is that he is NOT one of the Original Four point colours (Seal, Blue, Chocolate or Lilac) but is either Red-, Cream-, Tabby-, Tortie- or Torbie-pointed.
A rose by any other name…I think the CFA is the only breed registry that still separates Siamese this way.
The Cornish Rexes have become almost as elongated as the Siamese.
Compare this little girl’s head to the Oriental Shorthair in the background.
Aren’t they cute?
At the other end of the feline spectrum we have the Persians.
Look how flat Persians’ faces are!
And then, of course, the Siamese and the Persian were bred together to create the Himalayan which was once its own breed but which is now a colour class of the Persian breed. There’s little left of the Siamese side of the family besides the points nowadays.
Then there’s the Burmese, which seems to be well on its way to becoming almost as round as the Persian.
These are very stout, very round, very muscular, solid cats.
It’s hard to believe they originated from the same part of the world as the Siamese!
Russian Blues are a very moderate breed. They’re neither very long nor very round. They’re just cat-shaped.
They’re a little more stocky than the Abys, though.
That’s probably due to the fact that they originated in Eurasia while Abys originate from either Africa or Southeast Asia, depending on which story you believe.
A rare shot of Jacoby in the traditional “Show Cat Stretch.”
If you want to see what a cat really looks like, though, you have to look at the Sphynx.
There’s no fur to hide behind on a Sphynx. What you see is what you get.
They are wonderful cats to study if you want to learn cat anatomy.
This little blue and white girl is still just a kitten!
Some people think that Sphynxes are kind of…well, creepy. I think they’re beautiful.