Siamese cats are without any doubt one of the most popular cat breeds on the planet.
They are known for being an affectionate, playful, curious, intrusive, attention-demanding and chatty breed.
As beautiful, popular, and as preferred Siamese cats might be, for some people they are just too much to handle.
They are like these bubbles of energies that need an almost consistent engagement in the form of play and attention.
Any deviation from what they demand and they are known to get a bit aggressive and develop undesirable behavior patterns.
For this reason, whenever you discuss getting a Siamese cat with someone, their first response is usually to get Siamese cats in pairs.
They are not wrong actually. You see Siamese cats need a lot of attention, engagement, and playtime. It can get a bit too much especially if you don’t have other members in the family that can engage with her.
Even leaving them for longer hours at home can lead them to develop bad behavior patterns and anxiety.
Now, what if I were to tell you that you can get the friendliness and affection of your traditional Siamese cat and the laid-back lazy outlook of a tabby?
That pretty much sums up what lynx point Siamese cats are like.
Lynx point Siamese cats are these beautiful, friendly, playful, and loving cat breeds minus the stark and edgy characteristics that come with a traditional Siamese cat.
In this article, I am going to address various facets of a lynx point Siamese cat that I know, you as an owner or someone looking to get a lynx point is going to have.
I will relay different character traits, persona, unknown facts, history, etc. associated with lynx point Siamese cats including some frequently asked questions that I receive on a regular basis.
By the end of this article, you will know most of the relevant information that you need to know about this beautiful cat breed.
So, without any further delay, let’s get into it.
First, things first let me address the most important question that current and potential lynx point owners have.
Do lynx point Siamese get along with other cats?
Yes, just like your regular Siamese cats, lynx points are known to gel well with other cats, dogs, and children. You may need some attention and patience while introducing them to your already settled pets. But eventually or if the pets are raised together they form excellent playmates and companions.
The reason why these cats form excellent companions is that they have the right kind of energy to match their playmates.
They will keep their companion active, engaged and will take a lot of responsibility off your shoulders of entertaining each of your cats individually.
For their playful, affectionate, relaxed, and engaging nature, lynx point Siamese form great family pets.
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Lynx Point Siamese Cats: History And Physical Attributes
Now that we have a basic overview of what you get when you bring home a lynx point, let’s make our knowledge and understanding about them a little deeper.
After all the more you know about your pets, the better you will be able to relate to them and thus take better care of them.
In this section, let me quickly acquaint you with a little bit of history and physical attributes about a lynx point.
The lynx point Siamese cats or tabby points or colorpoint shorthairs were developed via selective breeding between the 1940s and 1950s.
They were a result of breeding that happened between a seal point Siamese and an American shorthair.
The lynx points weren’t well known among the masses until the 1960s. They found their recognition when they were introduced to the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, in London, England.
In the next couple of years, they were officially declared as the subset of the regular Siamese cats.
In the UK, lynx points are generally referred to as Tabby Points.
Similarly, in some other parts of the world, they are referred to as Color Points.
Their naming conventions are obviously derived from how they look.
Talking about looks, as far as the physical build is considered they have a very similar body structure as your regular Siamese cat.
They have a slim, sturdy, and muscular build and usually weigh anywhere from 2.5 to 6 Kgs.
Males are usually larger than females as is the case with most cat breeds. They have small oval paws and they are surprisingly athletic which is a direct consequence of a muscular build.
Out of many traits that earmark a lynx point, their appearance is what makes them stand out.
They have clear dark stripes around their legs, eyes, and face. Their tails too have dark-colored rings and the ringed pattern continues till the end of their tail.
And just like Siamese cats, they will usually have a light pale torso which will darken as they age because of a temperature-sensitive gene known as tyrosinase in their physical composition.
- We discussed the coloration change in Siamese cats in details in this article on do Siamese cats eyes change color.
Do give it a read after you have finished reading this article. It’s really fascinating how full of surprises this breed of cats is.
Many colors are allowed for this particular cat breed. Lynx points can have apricot, cinnamon, red, caramel in addition to the four major classified points which are blue, lilac, seal, and chocolate.
They also have an ‘M’ shaped mark on their forehead which is borrowed from their tabby genealogy.
The ‘M’ shape is an earmark of a tabby cat and lynx points borrow that from their direct ancestors.
The ears of the lynx points are bordered with the same color as that of the stripes present on their face.
The dark stripes against the pale texture of their fur give them a close resemblance to a lynx and thus the name.
Lynx Point Siamese Cats Personality
Now that we know the physical characteristics and distinguishing features of a lynx point, let’s understand what lynx point Siamese cats are really like.
You see a lynx point borrows most of her personality traits from her immediate family.
You can think of lynx points as being similar to Siamese cats in personality minus the erratic edges and outbursts.
They aren’t known to be as chatty as the Siamese cats and have a lazy laid-back aura about them.
They similar to regular Siamese cats are active, playful, engaging, inherently curious, and loving. But people who own them comment that they aren’t as in your face as the regular Siamese cat.
Siamese cats are breeds with excess energy that needs to expend consistently. For this reason, they are more demanding and expect a lot of engagement from their ecosystem.
They are also very talkative and will continue to find reasons to talk to you ranging from food and attention demands to how dare you leave me alone like that.
Some people who can arrange for matching their energies find most of these qualities endearing while there are some who find these traits annoying.
Lynx points in a way are perfect for people who think Siamese cats are too much for them.
They aren’t as vocal as Siamese cats and at the same time are loyal, intelligent, and easily fit and gel well with other members of the family.
Lynx points form great companions and are known to get along well with other cats, dogs, and other animals. If you get them in pairs or pair them with other cats or pets from when they are little kittens they form an excellent sibling.
However, if you are introducing them to pets that are already set in a routine in your house you will have to take some caution, attention, and patience while introducing them.
Once they are well versed with each other you will find that lynx points form excellent companions.
Just like Siamese cats, they love cuddles, snuggles, being around people, and soaking all the affection you can give them. They are also very intelligent and respond well to training.
With little reward tactics, you can easily train them to play fetch and doing a rollover.
So overall, they are great family pets and are an excellent pick for anyone who wants all the endearing qualities of a Siamese cat without all the erratic edges.
Lynx Point Siamese Vs Regular Siamese Cats
Physically, there are obvious visible differences between the two cat breeds.
Their color pattern is similar to Siamese cats where they are a combination of light and dark shades.
And similar to Siamese cats their fur color tends to darken and spread with age.
Where they differ is, lynx points have striped patterns on their face and tail while regular Siamese cats predominantly have seal point coloration where their extremities (head, tail tips, and paws) have stark dark colors.
The other big difference between them lies under the skin as it were.
In order to develop as well-adjusted pets, Siamese cats are one of those breeds that demand focussed and consistent attention and active involvement from their ecosystem.
They are these high on energy, high on life cat breeds that desperately want to be in the middle of the action.
If that is not provided Siamese cats can easily develop bad behavior patterns, including biting, being overly aggressive, and anxiety.
The lynx point Siamese cats differ from their Siamese ancestors in the sense that they don’t have a sharp edge to their personality.
They combine the desirable characteristics of a Siamese cat which are affection, engagement, and playfulness with the lazy and laid-back demeanor of a tabby.
Siamese cats owing to their overly chatty or talkative behavior can be sometimes perceived as pushy.
The Lynx points on the other hand can be seen as the lazy sibling of a Siamese cat.
They want their attention, there is no doubt about that but they won’t be as pushy as their Siamese parent.
Some Unknown Lynx Point Siamese Cat Facts
As beautiful and as popular as lynx point Siamese cats have become over time, there isn’t a lot that is known about them.
Probably because most of the attention gets diverted to the regular Siamese cat owing to their unique appealing and attention-grabbing traits.
Some people call them the divas of the cat world.
Anyways, let’s change that a little bit.
Here are a few little-known facts about the lynx point Siamese cats.
- Lynx Points Were Bred As An Accident
That’s right. The lynx point Siamese cats are here but they were never meant to be. A seal point Siamese cat mated with a tabby cat to produce the lynx point. When the breeders observed that this cat breed has traits that many owners will love to have, they started selective breeding around the 50s and 60s.
- Lynx Point Siamese Cats Is More Of A Convention Than A Breed
Technically and in a very strict order of things lynx points aren’t an actual breed of cat. For instance, the American’s Cat Fanciers’ Association refers to them as Lynx ColorPoint Shorthair. The Government Council of the Cat Fancy uses the name Tabby Point Siamese to refer to them.
- They are a “less-fiesty” version of a Siamese Cat
The reason why breeders jumped at the task of breeding lynx points is that they bring the best of both worlds. People usually describe their persona using the phrase “watered-down version” of Siamese cats.
Okay, so I think I have given you most insights that you like a lynx point owner or a potential lynx point owner would want regarding different aspects about them like behavior, persona, history, and physicality.
I know there is a good chance that you may want to know more about lynx points.
You may want to know things that I might not have included in this post.
For situations like this, I usually end my posts with a FAQ like this one.
I keep updating the questions as and when I receive questions from my readers which are relevant and which will in general help the masses.
So, if you have any questions just let me know in the comments below and I will answer them and include them here if I think they are important.
Are Lynx Point Siamese Cats Rare?
They used to be because they weren’t well known when they first came around. Many speculate that this particular Siamese breed subset was bred as an accident. Today most good breeders can provide them to you as their parentage of Siamese and Tabby aren’t hard to find.
How Much Do Lynx Point Siamese Cats Cost?
Lynx point Siamese cats don’t cost too much. From a good breeder with a healthy litter, you can expect a lynx point kitten to cost anywhere between $200 to $400. Because lynx points are mixed cats you can even find them in a shelter or a rescue center. You will save a life and provide a forever home to a kitty in need.
Can Lynx Point Siamese Cats Be Left Alone?
Lynx points aren’t the type of cats that respond well to being alone. Given, that they are a lot more laid back and easy going compared to Siamese cats, they still thrive well on active engagement and activity. Therefore, it isn’t advisable to leave lynx points alone for long durations.
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