The Colorpoint Shorthair is a beautiful, svelte cat with a lithe body that is strong and muscular. Males tip the scales between 7 to 9 pounds, females at 5 to 7 pounds. Colorpoints have a long tail that tapers to a fine point. The head has a flat forehead and a wedge-shaped muzzle. The ears are large and pointed. The eyes are almond-shaped and a vivid blue.
The coat is short, fine and lies close to the body. Like the Siamese, the Colorpoint’s points (ears, face, mask, feet and tail) are a different color than the body. The points can be red or cream, lynx (tabby) colored or tortoiseshell. The body can be clear, glacial white, bluish white, ivory, cream or fawn. Kittens are born pure white and develop their point colors soon after birth.
Essentially Colorpoints are Siamese cats. In the 1940s, British and American breeders crossed Siamese cats with red domestic shorthaired cats. Later, Abysinnians and American shorthairs were introduced into American breeding efforts. It took a great deal of time to get the desired colors and point patterns. In 1964 the Colorpoint was accepted for breed registration by the CFA board of directors.
Life with a Colorpoint is never dull! If you want a car glued to your lap, a cat that refuses to be ignored, a cat in-training to climb Mount Everest, the Colorpoint is for you. If you want to rent or loan your cat to the circus, a Colorpoint fits the bill. Any toy that’s interactive, your Colorpoint will be all over it.
Ever curious and a tad too intelligent, a Colorpoint can open closed doors and get into cupboards. There is no height too high. If they’re awake, a Colorpoint is in motion. Whether you’re listening or not (and, of course, you will be if they have anything to say about it), they’re talking. Another favorite activity of Colorpoints is fetch — and you’ll get tired of the game first; count on it.
Whatever you’re doing, your Colorpoint will do too. (No working from home for you!) Colorpoints don’t do anything halfway. They live life at 200% and expect the same in return. They are such devoted cats that whatever your mood, they’ll experience it with you. (When you bawl, so will they.) Don’t yell at these guys, you will literally crush their spirits. All they want is to love and please you, and get the same in return.
Colorpoints are intense. If you don’t want a feline shadow, consider any other breed.