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What is a Lynx Point Siamese cat? Your 101 Guide

Siamese cats are popular for their handsome looks and are well known for their loud, feisty personalities. If you love Siamese cats but are looking for a calmer kitty, the Lynx Point Siamese cat might be the perfect cat for you.

Not sure what a Lynx Point Siamese cat is? Let us explain.

The Lynx Point Siamese is a cross between a seal point Siamese and a shorthaired tabby cat. They are also referred to as colorpoint shorthairs. A Lynx Point Siamese has the color points of a traditional Siamese with the pattern of a tabby cat.

The origins of the Lynx Point Siamese

It is widely believed that the Lynx Point Siamese resulted from cross-breeding in the 1940s.

An owner of a seal point Siamese and a shorthaired tabby cat allowed them to breed and the first Lynx Point Siamese kittens were born.

The first Lynx Point Siamese kittens were very similar to the Siamese but had more laid-back personalities. One of these kittens was bred with another Siamese and the breed was further developed.

By the 1960s, the Lynx Point Siamese was gaining in popularity because of its pretty markings and gentle nature. They are not a purebred cat but are considered a Siamese cross.

Other names for Lynx Point Siamese cats

In the US, the Lynx Point Siamese tends to be referred to officially as a Lynx Colorpoint Shorthair. In the UK they are known as Tabby Point Siamese cats.

The Lynx Point Siamese cat appearance

Lynx Point Siamese cats have a similar appearance to traditional Siamese cats. They are of medium build, with slender yet muscular bodies.

They have delicate paws which help make them sure-footed and masters of climbing and jumping.

The weight of a Lynx Point generally ranges between 6 and 12 lbs. As with other breeds, males are usually larger than females.

The Lynx Point Siamese can be one of eight colors with varying patterns. These include chocolate, seal, caramel, cinnamon, apricot, red, lilac, or blue.

Distinct color rings extend over their faces, legs, and tails. These generally darken as the cats get older.

Like many other breeds, the Lynx Point Siamese can also have a tortoiseshell tabby pattern, though this is a rare occurence.

A Lynx Point Siamese with one paw raised.

Lynx Point Siamese price

Prices of Lynx Point Siamese can vary depending on where you buy one. A reputable breeder will charge more but you will receive a well-bred, healthy Lynx Point Siamese kitten that has been fully vaccinated. You could pay upward of $500. Beware of cheaper kittens – there’s usually a reason for a low price.

Beware of cheaper Lynx Point Siamese kittens – there’s usually a reason for a low price. You might pay as little as $200 but your kitten could have inherent health problems and cost you more in vet fees in the long run.

Lynx Point Siamese cat personality

Though not as loud, lynx points exhibit many of the well-loved Siamese personality traits. As well as being sociable, intelligent, and playful, they tend to be more laid-back.

If you’ve met a Siamese cat you’ll know how amazing this breed is. The Lynx Point is a toned-down version, perfect as a pet for any family.

If you have to leave a Seal Point Siamese alone, make sure it has plenty to occupy it or may become quite destructive due to boredom.

Allow it space to use up energy but move valuables and delicate items into safe zones! Provide plenty of toys and a cat climbing tree if you have enough space.

When you’re at home, your Seal Point will want to spend time with you. It will sprawl on your desk, or block your view of the TV, follow you into the bathroom, the kitchen – anywhere you happen to go.

There will be non-stop chat too. This might be annoying to some people but endearing to most cat lovers.

Are Lynx Point Siamese cats rare?

A Lynx Point Siamese cat with color points and a traditional tabby pattern coat is not rare. However, those with a tortoiseshell pattern are very rare and you’ll be extremely lucky to finds one of these.

If you do happen to find a tortoiseshell Lynx Point Siamese, expect it to be more expensive than the variety with a tabby coat.

Lynx Point Siamese compared to standard Siamese 

These two cats are very similar in appearance and personality. They are a similar size and build and both are athletic.

The obvious difference is in their coat patterns. Siamese cats have pale-colored bodies with darker extremities or points. Lynx Points have dark points and tabby patterned coats.

Standard Siamese cats are notably more talkative than Lynx Point Siamese cats. They meow a lot more and approach and rub against their owners more than any other cats.

The Lynx Point is communicative but as persistently as the standard Siamese. Its laid-back nature has been inherited from the short-haired tabby side of the family!

Do Lynx Point Siamese cats shed?

Though the Lynx Point cat is a short-haired cat, it will shed just like a standard Siamese cat sheds. You may not notice it as much because of the short length of each hair.

All cats have a major shed twice a year and many tend to shed throughout the year to an extent too.

Regular grooming controls Lynx Point shedding and prevents your cat from developing furballs. This saves you a lot of vacuuming and from having to clear up hairy cat vomit!

If you have cat allergies, the Lynx point may set them off. This cat still has the proteins in its dander, urine, and saliva that trigger allergic reactions in some people. No cat is hypoallergenic. 

The average lifespan of a Lynx Point Siamese cat

A Lynx Point Siamese cat can live for 15 to 20 years – which is longer than many other breeds. Take good care of your Lynx Point and it may even exceed this.

These days, well-bred purebred cats live just as long as mixed breeds because reputable breeders have worked do hard to eradicate genetic diseases by screening breeding cats.

The Lynx Point is generally a healthy breed because it is a mix of purebred cats with good health reputations.

How did Lynx Point Siamese cats come to exist?

A traditional Siamese cat seated against a plain background.
A traditional Siamese cat

The Lynx Point Siamese was created by the accidental breeding a seal point siamese and an short-haired tabby around the mid 20th Century. The result was a beautiful cat that soon gained popularity because of its good looks and laid-back nature.

American short-haired cat with a tabby pattern.
Short-haired tabby cat

What is a Lynx Point Siamese cat? conclusion

Lynx Point Siamese cats are similar to standard Siamese cats but with the addition of wild Lynx pattern on their coats. They are usually calmer and a little quieter but just as affectionate and adorable to own.

You can take your pick from a range of colors but will be lucky to find a rare tortoiseshell version. Like all cats, they shed and when it comes to allergies, they are not a hypoallergenic breed.

Before you buy one, call around your local cat shelters in case they have a rescue cat desperate for a loving home.

In case you’re interested, another beautiful colorpoint short-haired cat is the rare Flame Point, another Siamese cross-breed.

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