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10 Cat Breeds That Look Like Siamese Cats (With Pictures)
There are many different cat breeds in existence, and many more used to roam this planet but are now extinct. Each has their own unique look and personality, but many share similar haves, and it can be confusing when it comes to determining their true breed. For example, there is only one Siamese cat, but many other breeds look like them. Here are 10 cat breeds that look like the Siamese breed.
1. Tonkinese Cats
Before being officially named Tonkinese, these cats were referred to as “Golden Siamese” cats. They have medium-length coats, pointed ears, bright blue eyes, and long nose whiskers. They are typically playful and interactive, making them great family pets for households of all sizes and types. Their personalities are similar to the Siamese breed, but their color is darker, which makes them easy to tell apart from actual Siamese cats.
2. Balinese Cats
Some breeders maintain that the Balinese breed is a mutation of the Siamese, yet others claim that they are a completely separate breed. Whatever the case, they have soft, medium-length coats of fur and the same color-point patterns that the Siamese breed is known for displaying. These cats like to meow and will spend all day interacting with the humans and other animals living within their household.
3. Ragdoll Cats
The Ragdoll cat looks like the Siamese breed, but this is where the two breeds’ similarities end. While Siamese cats are rambunctious and independent, Ragdoll cats are more docile and affectionate. They enjoy spending time in the laps of their family members and will never miss an opportunity to snuggle in bed at night. They tend to get lazy and overweight if they are not provided with regular mental and physical stimulation.
4. The Devon Rex
The pointed pattern and wavy texture of this cat’s coat are what make them similar to the Siamese cat. Their large, erect ears and alert eyes show off their intelligence, while their playful nature and affectionate personality make them a joy to spend time with. While the Devon Rex is not considered hypoallergenic like the Siamese breed is, it has a light shedding coat that is known to be suitable for those with allergies.
5. Cornish Rex Cats
The Cornish Rex looks like a cross between a Kangaroo and a Siamese cat. They have long and erect ears, slender and alert tails, and slim yet muscular legs. These cats have wavy coats like the Siamese, as well as similar coat patterns. These intelligent cats are easy to train and can learn tricks, such as doing a high-five and fetching a favorite toy. In addition to their superior trainability, they enjoy pleasing their human counterparts, making them a rewarding family pet.
6. Javanese Cats
These faithful cats look like Siamese cats but are typically lighter in color. They do not like spending time alone and would rather spend be with a companion, whether a human or a fellow cat. They share many of the same characteristics as Siamese cats, such as bright and bubbly personalities and vocal tendencies. However, these are two different cat breeds, and when you get to know them, you can spot their subtle differences quickly.
7. Exotic Shorthair Cats
These cats have flatter faces than Siamese cats, but their overall look is reminiscent, which is what earns them a spot on this list. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including the ever-popular point patterns that Siamese cats are so popular for. Their coats are super dense, and they shed frequently, so they require a relatively high amount of maintenance throughout the year to keep them fresh, clean, and free of hair mats.
8. Himalayan Cats
These cats look like Persians, but they have a similar pointed-color pattern to the Siamese. The Himalayan is strong, muscular, and independent. However, they have a sweet-natured and affectionate side that they will gladly show off to anyone willing to provide them with attention. They do not mind living indoors if they have access to plenty of toys and cuddly beds to sink into when it is catnap time.
9. Birman Cats
This color-pointed breed is beautiful, fun-loving, and intelligent. They bear a striking resemblance to the Siamese cat, but their personality is more laidback and patient. These cats are descendants of temple cats, known for their luxurious coats, deep purring sounds, and spoiled dispositions. They are quick to let their owners know when they want or need something, but they will snuggle contently in a corner when all is good in their world.
10. Munchkin Cats
This breed has shorter legs than is normally displayed in cats, which makes them controversial in the breeding world. They are a fairly new breed that has Siamese characteristics, but they have not yet been recognized as a pure legitimate breed by any official organizations, aside from the International Cat Association (granted in 1995). Still, they do look somewhat like Siamese cats, so they deserve acknowledgment, even just to bring light to possible ethical issues that are associated with developing this breed.
Although the cats on this list look similar to Siamese cats, they are their own unique breeds that deserve recognition for themselves. If you want a cat that looks and acts like a Siamese cat, then consider adopting one instead of hoping that another breed will fill in the gap. If you are looking for a fun, cute, and interactive cat to spend your life with that is reminiscent of the Siamese cat, any of the breeds featured here should hit the spot. Which breed are you most interested in, and which do you think are not similar enough to the Siamese breed? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.
Featured Image Credit: Mary Desmond, Wikimedia Commons
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.