What You Need To Know About Lynx Point Siamese Cats
Do you ever start reading about cat breeds for fun, and then become slightly convinced that your cat is every breed? Oh, just me. Okay cool!
If you are trying to figure out what breed your cat is, starting at locations like this are a really great starting point. Now, If you are thinking your cat may have some Siamese in them, but don’t completely hit the Siamese cat breed, then there is a chance they are a Lynx Point Siamese Cat.
If you love the distinct personality of a traditional Siamese but don’t like the breed’s aggressiveness, then the Lynx Point Siamese gives you the best of both worlds. So, what is a Lynx Point Siamese cat?
A Lynx Point Siamese Cat is the offspring of a traditional Siamese Cat and a typical tabby American Shorthair cat.
Some also have been known to title them things such as the Tabby Points or Colorpoint shorthairs, or just Lynx Point.
The tabby mix in the breed allows them to be more laid-back and relaxed than a typical Siamese cat breed. They are a more low-maintenance cat with a friendly personality.
History Of Lynx Point Siamese Cats
So where did the Lynx Point Cats come from?
The Lynx Point Siamese actually originated out of human doing. This breed did not come to life until the 1940’s or 50’s. The Siamese cat was gaining popularity in England as they were introduced to the Cat Fancy Council (GCCF) at the time.
Thus a human bred a traditional Siamese cat with an American Shorthair, creating this beautiful breed. Surprisingly, even though the breed was created in the mid 40’s, it tool roughly 15 years to really gain popularity. (I assume more than a few cats needed to be bred to start to see the true wonder of this breed).
When trying to tell individuals the name of this cat breed, you have a few options like I mentioned earlier. Lynx Point, Tabby Point, and Colorpoints can really be used interchangeably. I always recommend people call them whatever name they like the best. I mean what other breed has OPTIONS as to what to call them?
Some of these names are simply a way to categorize the various colors and patterns of the Siamese.
What Does A Lynx Point Siamese Look Like?
Alright, so tell me something before you keep reading this. Did you Google Image what they look like when you first started reading this? I actually came across this breed in the same way, except backwards.
I saw a beautiful cat with a similar body to a traditional Siamese, but some features were just different. Asked their owner and immediately went deep into research mode.
A typical Lynx Point Siamese is going to vary significantly in size based on their parents. Largely because Siamese and American Shorthair can have wide ranges when it comes to build.
On average, they have a medium frame with a thin image, very similar to a Siamese.
Lynx Point Siamese cats typically weigh between 6-12 pounds, but again they can weigh more if their parents were a sturdier frame.
Despite their dainty frame, this breed is actually very muscular underneath it all. This makes them a surprisingly athletic breed.
What Colors Are Lynx Point Siamese Cats?
Although there are not many distinct attributes in the body, the Lynx Point has several color options, and their pattern is very different.
You can see Lynx Point Siamese Cats in shades anywhere from apricot to chocolate. Other shades include: cinnamon, red, caramel, seal, blue, and lilac. The tortoiseshell appearance in this breed is extremely rare. (So if you have a tortie that you think may be a Lynx Point Cat, there are probably another breed. Maybe mixed with a Lynx Point Cat?)
What makes Lynx Point Siamese special is their distinct rings of color. This breed will have these rings that extend from their cheeks, legs, and up through the tail. As the cat ages, the various rings will darken.
Another important distinction is that these kitties have an ‘M’ on their foreheads, due to their stripes. (So if you ever see cats on Instagram with M on their foreheads and have memes made out of them…that is because of their breed. Pretty cool, huh?!)
How is the Lynx Point’s Personality?
With the typical Siamese cat, you either love them or you hate them. This is because they have a very distinct personality. They are affectionate cats, curious, and always looking to be involved with their human.
These cats are inquisitive creatures and love to get into messes when you are not around. It is not uncommon for Siamese owners to have to ‘cat-proof’ their home as if they had a toddler running around. Siamese cats are also people-oriented cats.
When we talk about the Lynx Point Siamese, you can imagine very similar qualities. However, it is a more watered-down, or subdued, version of the traditional Siamese.
This breed is still known for being chatty and curious, but not to the point where you need to pet proof every single inch of your home. For people who love the neediness of a Siamese cat but find their antics annoying, Lynx Point cats are a perfect substitution.
Lynx Point Siamese vs. Regular Siamese
Besides the fact that a Lynx point is mixed with another breed to create, there are actually a lot of similarities between a Lynx Point and a typical “Seal Point” Siamese cat.
Their bodies are relatively similar, with the most distinction coming from the pattern of each cat.
The biggest difference comes in their personalities and their coating. Siamese cats only have a seal point coloration, with color in the paws, tail tips, face, and other extremities. There is a high contrast between their pattern and the rest of their body.
Do Lynx Point Siamese Cats Shed?
Are Lynx Point Siamese Cats considered hypoallergenic?
In truth, there are really no cats that are actually hypoallergenic. A true cat allergy comes from a protein found in a cat’s salvia, oils, and urine.
However, The Lynx Point cat is a short-haired cat, so they may not shed as much as other cats. The shorter hair also makes it easier to groom these cats. This makes it less likely for irritants from cats, such as fur and dander, to float through the air.
When most people think of cat allergies, they think of the sneezing and watery eyes, however, this is due to irritants like those mentioned above. So if you have a sensitivity to cats but are not completely allergic, then this a great breed. You just want to make sure you continue to groom them on a regular basis.
Average Lifespan Of A Lynx Point
So how long do Lynx Point Siamese cats live? The lifespan of a typical Lynx Point Siamese cat is anywhere from 15 to 20 years. There are actually many cases where this breed has lived past 20 years with the proper care and diet.
Interestingly enough, there is a standard rule when it comes to mixed breeds. The rule is that a purebred cat doesn’t live as long as a mixed breed cat.
Luckily, Lynx Point Siamese cats are considered one of the exceptions to this case.
How Much is a Lynx Point Siamese?
If you are interested in purchases a Lynx Point Cat, my first recommendation would always be to check your local shelters first. You never know if they could be sitting on a gold mine because someone else didn’t realize what they had.
However, if no shelters are carrying this little breed, there are several breeders that specialized in Lynx Point Siamese cats.
Depending on demand and location, a kitten could cost anywhere from $500-$1200 for this breed. Especially if they have all their shots and are microchipped. If you want to break down the true cost to adopt a cat, make sure you check out ‘How Much Does It Actually Cost To Adopt A Cat?’
Finally, if you do decide to go with a breeder, make sure you find one who takes special care to meet the kitten’s medical needs. Always find a breeder that treats the animals well and keeps them happy and safe. If they are pushing for them to leave the mother before the typical 8 week period, then they are not a creditable breeder.
Should You Adopt A Lynx Point?
When you think of a Lynx Point Siamese cat, the best way that I can describe them is a watered down version of a Siamese cat. In every sense of the word.
Their coats tend to be lighter, their attitudes calmer, and they also involve less shedding.
If you are trying to decide between a Lynx Point and a typical Siamese cat, make sure you check out Everything You Need To Know About Siamese Cats.