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THE THAI CAT - The ancerstor of Siamese cats

A brief history

At the beginning of the 50s a change occured in the breeding of Siamese cats because through a careful selection a gradual lenghtening of the face, ears, the bones of the legs and the spine took place. In 1958 The Siamese Cat Club accepted a new standard which proved to be detrimental for those Siamese cats that were of the traditional type.

Public opinion was divided between the "new" and "old" type Siamese cats. Some breeders were adamant and did not care that their work was not officially approved of but carried on with the breeding of the "old" type Siamese. In order to make a clear distinction between the two, they eventually gave the traditional Siamese a new name:  The Thai Cat .

Nowadays, the main problem in breeding Thai cats lies in the fact that over the decades less conscientious breeders often crossed long faced Siamese with the more rounded, apple-headed ones, and as a result, kittens that conform neither to the Siamese or the Thai standard are often born. To eliminate this problem, in some countries, such as in Russia, for example, European short haired cats as well as Tonkinese were crossed with Siamese cats but there are more fortunate countries, such as Hungary and certain regions of Germany, where it was sufficient to reach back to the gene-pool of the old type Siamese and using selection as a tool it became possible to resurrect the original type.

The breeders of Thai cats have called for universal co-operation and, as a result of their effors, the Thai cat was recognised as a new breed, first by FAMKAT, in Hungary and in several independent associations that are non-FIFe or GCCF affiliated. (The WCF - World Cat Federation accepted the Thai standard on 18 September, 1999. in Essen, Germany.)

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