Colorpoint Shorthair cat sitting.

Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Breed

This loving, playful cat with a “look-at-me” attitude is intelligent and more easily trained than other breeds.

Developed specifically for its beautiful color combinations, this breed was created during the 1940s and 50s, initially by crossing a Siamese with a red tabby American Shorthair. If not for its different range of colors, the Colorpoint Shorthair would be impossible to distinguish from the Siamese, since it possesses the same elongated body, slender head, outsized ears, and brilliant blue eyes as its relative.

Intelligent, sociable, and highly vocal, this cat likes to be the center of attention. A Colorpoint Shorthair needs family life—the more fun going on, the better—and is not suitable for owners who are out of the home for long periods.

This breed was first created by introducing red to the point colors of the Siamese.

Origin: US, 1940s/1950s

Breed registries: CFA

Weight range: 6–12lb (2.5–5.5kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Various solid, tabby, and tortie point colors.