11 Siamese Cat Mixes That Make Great Pets

Cat Breeds June 11, 2024

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11 Siamese Cat Mixes That Make Great Pets

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Siamese mixed breeds are a cross between two separate cat breeds, one being Siamese. Siamese breed cats display an elegant, striking look, which makes it a favorite around the world. This breed specifically, is highly intelligent, demanding, and refuse to be ignored. Over time Siamese cats have been bred with other unique breeds which evolved into breeds of their own.

In this article you will find some of the most common and not so common types of Siamese cat mix breeds along with their variety of patterns and distinct characteristics.

Where Did Siamese Cats Come From?

The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Native to Thailand (previously called Siam), the first Siamese cats became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

The elegant, distinct featured, traditional Siamese breed of cat is characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes, a triangular or applehead shape, large ears, an elongated, slender, and muscular body, and various forms of point coloration. However, the modern-style Siamese breed displays little resemblance to the old style version, other than its color points.

The International Cat Association describes the modern Siamese as affectionate, social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Siamese cats tend to seek human interaction and also like companionship from other cats.

By mixing Siamese with other extraordinary breeds these cats will have some of the best traits from both breeds.

1. Balinese

Balinese is a longhaired mutation of the pure Siamese cat breed and looks quite similar.  This breed gets its name from the sophisticated, graceful, and elegant dancers of the Bali temple. The Balinese is known for having a silky smooth coat and a lavish tail plume. Like Siamese, this cat has bright blue eyes, large pointed ears, and a slender muscular body. Its smooth coat is creamy white with distinct color points on its face, paws, ears, and tail.

The Balinese is considered one of the least shedding cats among long-haired breeds. Like the Siamese, they are talkative, have an easy-going personality, and are considered hypoallergenic.

2. Bengal

This interspecific hybrid cat breed was created by breeding an Asian leopard cat and a Siamese cat together. Bengals have stunning coats that come in many striking patterns like rosettes, spots or even marbled, which is one or more colors swirl into his coat’s background color. They have large round paws, broad heads, muscularly built, and wild-looking spotted coats. Bengals tend to be rare because males are infertile, and it takes up to four generations for a cat to be recognized as a Bengal.

The Bengal cat is an excellent family pet due to their friendly, loyal, and smart personality. This breed is also affectionate, very energetic but can be trained to walk on a leash as well as other tricks.

3. Birman

The breed originated from Burma, where they are also known as Sacred cats. After the breed nearly died out during the years of World War II, French breeders restored the breed through interbreeding with various other breeds, including the Siamese. Modern Birman cats have inherited their pointed coat patterns from the Siamese like chocolate point. This cat of mystery is a color pointed cat with longhair, blue eyes and four pure white feet. They resemble the Siamese cat in appearance but are much more quiet-natured.

Birmans are affectionate, gentle, and faithful companions with a majestic presence that demands love and respect from their owners. Birmans seem to have become accustomed to adoration and will greet new people with curiosity rather than fear.

4. Burmese

The Burmese is a breed of domesticated cats descended from a specific cat, Wong Mau, who was found in Burma in 1930 by Joseph Cheesman Thompson. She was brought to San Francisco, where she was bred with Siamese. Burmese cats have large golden eyes and round heads and ears. Their coat is generally shorter and solid-colored with subtle variations in shading.

This breed is highly fond of humans and some argue that their personality is similar to that of a dog. They have short silky fur, which is perfect for people who require a low-maintenance cat. They are also known to produce fewer allergens.

5. Havana Brown

The Havana Brown is a cross of the Chocolate and Seal point Siamese cats with a black domestic cat. This breed has gorgeous green eyes and a chocolate brown short coat. The breed derived in 1920 when the Siamese Cat Club of Britain decided that brown cats without blue eyes were no longer desirable. Breeders lost interest in them until the 1950s, when a group of British cat breeders set themselves the task of determining the genetic makeup of a brown and solid-colored cat.

The Havana Brown cat is known to be affectionate and loyal cat making it a great family pet. They tend to be a playful cat but is often content just playing with a beloved toy. They will also play with humans, but can be a bit of a loner. This breed tends to get very close to one person and attaches to that person for life.

6. Himalayan

This longhaired breed originally derived from crossing a Persian to Siamese and pointed domestic longhair cat in order to introduce the point markings and the colors chocolate and lilac. After these initial crosses were used to introduce the colors, more breed development was carried out by crossing these cats only with the Persian breed. In Europe, they are referred to as color point Persians. According to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), they are a color division of the Persian breed.

The Himalayan is a friendly and charming cat. This breed tends to be as gentle and docile as the Persian cat with the fabulous colors and patterns of the Siamese cat like lilac point and lynx point.

7. Javanese

The Javanese is a beautiful crossbreed of Siamese, Balinese, and Color point Shorthair cats. This feline has bright blue eyes and a medium-long soft, silky coat with distinct points of red, cream, tortoiseshell, and lynx. The Javanese also has a lean, long muscular, and athletic body like Siamese cats. According to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), this breed is a longhaired version of the Color point short hair.  However in WCF, the Javanese is an alias of the Oriental Longhair.

The Javanese cat is an affectionate, intelligent, playful, and very active kitty. This breed is also known to be extremely chatty like Siamese, but with impressive jumping and climbing skills.

8. Ocicat

The Ocicat was created by breeding a Siamese cat and an Abyssinian cat then crossing that with an American Shorthair cat. Basically, the Ocicat is an all-domestic breed of cat which resembles a spotted wild cat but has no wild DNA in its gene pool. With a coat that can be marked with tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender or fawn spots, the Ocicat breed is a quite exotic-looking.

Ocicats are very social, smart, and strong. They do crave companionship and do not like to be alone for long periods of time. This breed looks at many things as toys, so it’s best to lock up anything you do not want to go missing. Some Ocicats have been known to become possessive of their toys.

9. Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental is a Siamese-style cat that can come in non-pointed coat patterns and colors, including solid, tabby, silver/smoke, and tortoise-shell. The Oriental breed comes in both shorthair and longhair varieties. Oriental Shorthairs shed very little hair and have silky coats.

Oriental Shorthairs love to create close friendships with their family members or another pet that can keep up with their high energy. This breed is affectionate and demands cuddle time with their owner. The Oriental Shorthair is considered to be a more desirable choice for cat allergy sufferers due to its short coat.

10. Savannah

The Savannah is a domestic hybrid cat breed that has been created by mixing a serval and a domestic cat. The first of it’s kind was bred with a Siamese. The Savannah is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds, having been documented in the Guinness Book of World record as the world’s tallest domestic cat. This exotic cat has long legs, huge ears, and a vibrant coat that ranges from golden to smoke.

The Savannah is intelligent, energetic, curious, and extremely loyal. Savannahs are also known for their strength and athletic skills. They can be especially affectionate with their owners, but may be some what standoffish with strangers.

11. Snowshoe

The Snowshoe is a cross between the Siamese and the American shorthair cat, created in the 1960’s. The result is a medium sized, cream and white breed with blue eyes, large pointed ears,  and masked face with some points. Snowshoe kittens are usually born all white and develop points as they develop just like a purebred Siamese kitten.

The Snowshoe cat is intelligent, energetic, playful, and vocal. Snowshoes are devoted family members, and consider themselves equal partners in the household by expecting to be involved in all activities.

Final Thoughts

Siamese mix cats are primarily a cross breed. Felines that are mixed with Siamese cats end up with several distinguishing features that are usually easy to identify. Over time mixed Siamese cat breeds have developed into breeds of their own, having a wide variety of patterns and distinct characteristics.

Amy Brown is a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.
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