by Virginia Wheeldon
I am not sure where you get the stat that there are no breeders of modern Siamese that come up when you Google Siamese (first three pages). I googled and found multiple breeders listed on the first three pages.
I have owned both traditional and modern Siamese. I have bred the latter for 25 years. I rarely get requests for traditional Siamese lately, although I did ten years ago. I think the public has come to appreciate the elegance of the Siamese. They want something more than a pointed alley cat.
Hi Virginia.. thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sorry for the long delay in publishing your post.
When I did the search for Siamese cat breeders I was using Google.co.uk and looking for free standing breeder websites. The results I got are as stated. Things might have changed and the results would have been different if I had used Google.com. I was ignoring websites listing breeders because the idea was to find the best individual breeders and a successful website is a decent indication of longevity and success.
If you want to leave a comment and link to your site I would be pleased to put it on the Siamese cat page.
Modern vs Traditional Siamese Cats
I respect your viewpoint on this subject. Many people do prefer the far more slender, some would say elegant Modern Siamese cat.
I personally don’t because I think that breeders have gone too far, the cat is bred to an extreme, which makes it look unnatural. I like a cat to look like a cat. A friend of mine said that the Modern Siamese is “rat-like” in appearance. I can see what they are getting at. The long, bony face and small slender body and tail does give that impression. If that is the impression given to one person, a person who knows cats, then it should flag up some question marks as to what Siamese cat breeders are trying to achieve.
The introduction of the Thai cat (opens in a new window) is what the Modern cat breeders should have bred to in the first place. If breeders of Modern Siamese cats bred to less extreme levels originally, in other words slightly refined the appearance, then the Modern Siamese would have been more successful in my opinion. The slam dunk crash bang style of extreme breeding does create cats that “stand out” but it is harder to breed cats with fine personalities, great health and truly refined good looks.
The vast majority of “ordinary” cat lovers and keepers, bottom line, prefer traditional looking healthy cats. The are not after exotic cats with unusual appearances. The poll on this site bears that out.
I am not criticizing breeders but human nature seems to compel people to push the boundaries further and further and that, coupled with breed standards that allows leeway, results in things getting a bit out of hand – that is an entirely personal viewpoint which many will disagree with.