Colorpoints

Colorpoint Shorthairs are the first cousins of the Siamese. This breed is distinguished by its elegance in sixteen different "point" colors beyond the four Siamese colors. Half-siblings to the Siamese by virtue of their foundation and continuing breeding with the Siamese, the Colorpoint Shorthair is a hybrid breed of the Siamese. Colorpoints, circa 1947-48, are a far cry from their angular, leggy descendants of today. Today's Colorpoints are the same structural standard of the Siamese, with the only difference being their unique point colors.

In the early breedings, breeders concentrated on cats with red or cream restricted to the points (face, legs, ears, tails and genitals). Early hybridizations with domestic shorthairs, and refinement by concentrating the Siamese gene with the red gene, produced the first of the colors to eventually be called Colorpoint Shorthairs. To distinguish the new breed from the Siamese, CFA breeders adopted the name Colorpoint Shorthair for registration purposes, and through a painstaking process won recognition as a breed in 1964.

The early cats who helped become the new breed were given the first color class of the Colorpoints, called the solid points, which are the red and cream points. As time progressed and the early hybrids gained popularity, the tabby versions of the Siamese were introduced into the Colorpoint Shorthair programs in the four Siamese colors. In CFA, these tabby pointed cats are called lynx points and are exhibited in their own "lynx point class" as seal-lynx points, chocolatelynx points, blue-lynx points, lilac-lynx points, red-lynx points and cream-lynx points.

Like their Siamese cousins, Colorpoint Shorthairs require little grooming and are especially good in households with allergies to cats since both breeds have little dander. An occasional bath is recommended, but allow the freshly bathed coat to air dry in a warm spot. Do not blow dry, but do brush the coat with the concave or short side of a small rubber brush to remove loose hair and make the coat lie smooth. The coat can be "finished" by smoothing the coat with a chamois cloth.

Balanced diets high in protein are generally recommended, since part of the natural beauty of the Colorpoints is their glistening, muscular hard tubular bodies. Heed the instructions of your cat's breeder when you acquire your Colorpoint Shorthair, and you will be blessed with a long-lived joyous companion.

- Breed description taken from CFA.

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Male Colorpoints
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Sugar Ray Elf
GC.PUNDIT SUGAR'S SUGAR RAY
7th Best Adult Colorpoint, Southern Region
Chocolate Lynxpoint
CH. PR. Pundit's Elf
Chocolate Lynxpoint


Dragonfly
Ch., PR. Dragonfly
Chocolate Lynxpoint


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Female Colorpoints
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GC. Pundit Buttercup of Blakewood

Seal Lynxpoint

Ch. Pundit Lilypod's Butterfly
Lynx Point
Taffy Cecelia
Pundit Wendy's Taffy
Best Colorpoint Kitten, Southern Region
Seal Lynxpoint
Pundit Wendy's Cecelia
10th Best Shorthair Kitten, Southern Region
Seal Lynxpoint


Butterfly



Butterfly
Judge with Butterfly, a Lynx Point

GC. Pundit Seredipity
Blue Lynxpoint


Brown Sugar


Cecelia
Karizma's Brown Sugar of Pundit
Chocolate Lynxpoint

Cecelia at show


Elegant
Ch. Pundit Elegante
Chocolate Lynxpoint