Conductors souls of the departed to another world, the inhabitants of the holy religion of temples and royal palaces of Siam, in his first exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London on July 16, 1871 were not met kindly. The fact is that until the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910) the export of Siamese cats from Thailand to other countries has not been done, and the phenomenon of English public was a big surprise. Two cats were Siamese breed named it as "a nightmare", "ugly" and "scary" creatures. This opinion has arisen not because the first known Siamese had a more eccentric in appearance, but rather with a complete mismatch Siamese British ideas about porodistosti. By a happy circumstance, Siamese Cats picture still managed to interest some important gentlemen, and gradually, step by step, began their ascent of the "cat's Olympus.
In 1884, the official British Consulate-General in Bangkok, Owen Hood brought to England a couple of Siamese cats - Pho and Mia, have been observed in the first register the breed numbered 1 and 2. It was a gift of Mr. Hood of his beloved sister, Miss Lillian Hood, which already in 1885 very successfully exposed the first offspring of their siamese cats in the Crystal Palace. Unfortunately, the kittens were infected at an exhibition feline plague and died a week later.
In the same 1885 Miss Forestière Walker and her sister, Mrs. Vivian was taken to England another pair of Siamese cats from Thailand. Modern Siamese cats originate precisely from these two couples and a few Siamese imported by the British in the late XIX century.
Visit cat shows most of Queen Victoria and her passion for this breed affected the extraordinary growth of their popularity in the country. By the way, the modern British Queen Elizabeth II is also feeding them a lot of sympathy she received a Siamese cats Seal Point as a gift for their wedding.
In 1892, Harrison Weir wrote the first standard for the Siamese cats. And the first champion among them was the cat Ch Venki, imported from Hong Kong, Mrs Robinson in 1895.
English Club Siam was opened in 1902, aristocrats, enthusiasts, including the already mentioned Miss Forestière Walker, her sister, Mrs. Vivian, and Miss Lillian Hood. They bought up all the direct progeny of a Cat Thiam O'Shyana imported in 1888, Lady Dorothy Neville and differed by appearance, the most attractive from the standpoint of the British. After the first import Siamese cats often possess nadlomannym tail and slanting eyes, what was perceived as the shortcomings of British breeders. The founders of the club also made a new standard for the siamese cats and a distinction between the "king of Siam, familiar to us beige color with prominent brown markings, and" chocolate Siamese, brown with a slightly prominent spots (modern Burmese cat or Tonkin).
Looking at pictures of Siamese cats of the first half of XX century, we find shorter limbs, irregular profile and a rounded head, compared with modern animals. The huge popularity of blue-eyed beauties in the mask and the massive, sometimes illiterate, breeding has led to the appearance in the 1950's set of Siamese type. Moreover, it appeared at that time the problem with the aggressiveness of these animals. To date, through the careful selection of breeders have managed to remove the Siamese cats inherent irritability before them and develop a wonderful temperament.
Historical change in appearance of these siamese cats was accompanied by a periodic variation in standards of the Siamese cats breed. The emphasis has gradually shifted towards a specific body of Siam, and by the color, contrast, become increasingly loyal staff. The standard in 1958 was first pointed out that the Siamese cats photo should have a narrow wedge-shaped head, long body, high legs and big, wide-set ears.
To date, the taste differences breeders led to the fact that the old type of Siamese peacefully coexists along with the cats a new type of multiple half-bred lines mixed with Balinese and Oriental Shorthair breeds, as well as to the selection of different "podporod.
In Russia, these siamese cats were brought for the first time at the beginning of XX century. However, due to interbreeding with other breeds and local domestic siamese cats, they instantly lost their purebred and permanently disappeared from public view.
In the first cat shows held in the USSR in the late 1980's, interest in domestic newly breeders to breed Siamese manifested a rather strange way: all home-grown cats with "Siamese" marks proudly ranked among the Siamese cats. Later, from domestic cats of this type (with a round head, undercoat and quite stocky physique) decided to create a new breed - Thai. The first real cat Siamese cats breed was imported from Czechoslovakia and Poland in the early 1990's. Among them are mentioned Kai Saghir, Mona and Oldesh Gratsilis, who had a lot of impurities in their own pedigrees and a number of disadvantages - a vicious form of the head and upright ears. Only the cat Charlie von Myunlau from the GDR has helped Russian breeders to cope with these problems. Its a great profile, correct exterior and an easy style successfully passed on to descendants. Charlie von Myunlau, Buanasuerte from the U.S. and Casimir van Ordafa from the Netherlands became the ancestors of Russian Siamese cats.