If you are determined to adopt a cat and your perplexity only concerns which breed to choose, then it is not up to you to make the decision by trying to know beforehand the characteristics of one and the other breed.
Discovering the difference between Tonkinese and Siamese is not just a simple curiosity but has the purpose of orienting us towards the breed that best suits our lifestyle and our character.
The result of this union is the Tonkinese, a cat with a shade defined as “mink”. The Tonkinese color does not appear immediately in the kittens, but manifests itself around 16 months of age.
It arrived in Europe rather late, in 1880, when the King of Siam gave two pairs to the English consul. It was a breed much appreciated by the nobles but not by the people, since then until today, the breed has undergone different variations in the coat.
As for the Siamese, it is a less balanced cat, so possessive of its master but not so pretentious and eager to be pampered, let’s say that it will hardly stay on your lap, for hours, to be petted.
With the arrival of winter come the cat shows, to which, if you are passionate about cats, you can go to admire the beauty of all types of cats that exist. However, all cat shows are not the same, they depend on the cat association they belong to, and sometimes it can be difficult to understand how they work.
In WCF, points earned in other associations that follow traditional judging systems, such as FiFe, are accepted. However, unlike FiFe, cats enter competition only with cats of the same sex, title and the same EMS color (the code indicating the color and pattern of the cat).
This means that a male Devon Rex Blue Tabby Boltched cat will only compete with another male Blue Tabby Blotched cat. Even cats with different eye color do not compete together. In other words, in WCF there are breed categories, but not color categories as in Fife.
Another peculiarity of TICA is that it has the first, and largest, registry of domestic cats without pedigree (i.e. what is usually called “house cats”) and they are allowed to compete for the same titles in the cat shows.
We begin our list of exotic cat breeds with the Siamese cat, although, as you will see, in its “modern” or “Thai” version. Unlike the traditional Siamese cat, which shows a much more compact and rounded body, the modern Siamese cat has been artificially selected to show a much more stylized and triangular-faced appearance. It has now become one of the most popular exotic breeds.
The sphynx cat, also known as the “Egyptian cat”, was developed in the late 1970s and has achieved great popularity due to its apparent lack of hair. However, the truth is that this domestic feline, which has recessive coat genes, does have a fine and very short coat, although it is practically imperceptible. Because of this peculiarity, the shpynx cat requires special care in terms of hygiene, protection and feeding. But it is also susceptible to various health problems.
The savannah cat is probably the exotic cat par excellence, fruit of the crossbreeding of a wild feline called serval (Leptailurus serval) and various breeds of domestic cats, something that has generated much controversy. However, this breed is also famous for its exorbitant price and because it is forbidden to enter certain countries, such as Australia, due to the risk of impact on the native fauna. It is also considered one of the rarest cat breeds in the world.
However, all cat shows are not the same, they depend on the cat association they belong to, and sometimes it can be difficult to understand how they work. That is why in this section I will try to explain how.
This means that a male cat “Devon Rex Blue Tabby Boltched” will only compete with another male “Blue Tabby Blotched”. Even cats with different eye color do not compete together. In other words, in WCF there are breed categories, but not color categories as in Fife. The age categories in WCF are:
TICA is an American Association but it is actually present all over the world, It has thousands of members and hundreds of clubs spread all over the globe. TICA has the particularity to raise a genetic registry of cats, not only of phenotype (phenotype is the one that “comes”) as the rest of Associations. Another particularity of TICA is that it has the first, and more numerous, registry of domestic cats without pedigree (that is to say, what is usually denominated “house cats”) and it allowed them to compete for the SAME titles in the feline shows.