'NEW' COLOURS IN SIAMESE
I begin by saying I am very much a novice regarding the new colours in the Siamese. But with the guide, help and encouragement of both Liz Mackenzie-Wood (Merescliff) and Di Brown (Firousia) have become totally besotted.
Applejack Intersceptre (caramel) was sired by Gr Ch Firousi Fait Accompli (blue tabby point) - owned by Judith Coveny - bred by Di Brown. To - Applejack Lavender Jewl (lilac point). This mating produced six kittens - lilac point male - two blues male and female - and three tabby point males - two lilac (we think) and one Caramel (Seppie). Seppie was first shown as a Lilac tabby point - but after he was wrong coloured was re-registered and shown as caramel. Seppie went on to win many Merits - judges said he was an asset to the breed - very impressive. I was determine after the loss of Seppie to try and carry on and breed another caramel. I was over the moon when offered Minishka French Connection - an apricot tabby point male - sired by the same father as Seppie. Had no time to hesitate - Fait Accompli was to be neutered - no more offspring!! 'Scruffs' our apricot boy has a fantastic pedigree - his mother is 'Shaelkarinda Cream Craker' - sired by the recently awarded UK GR CH Summerdown Cream Pasha -dam GR CH Aahiram Chakatak Chiara. Scruffs is only just seven months but hope to have kittens from him early in 1999. He shall be on exhibition at the National in the World of Cats. I would like to thank Liz Mackenzie-Wood for the following information and hope you find it both interesting and informative.
APPLICATION FOR THE AMALGAMATION OF CARAMEL TABBY, CARAMEL TORTIE TABBY & APRICOT TABBY POINTS INTO THE EXISTING TABBY POINT CLASS & THE AMALGAMATION OF CARAMEL TORTIE POINTS INTO THE EXISTING TORTIE POINT SIAMESE CLASS.
Caramel is produced by the effect of the dominant dilute modifier (Dm) on blue or lilac cats. Apricot is produced be the effect of the same gene on a cream cat. The Dilute modifier gene has no effect on Seal, Chocolate, Cinnamon or Red, so can be passed down many generations, "hidden" under these colours, only showing itself when dilute colour is produced. It has therefore become widespread in the Siamese gene pool in the UK.
The dilute modifier gene has been present in Siamese for many years, certainly since the acceptance of Tabby Points, and was probably introduced via one of the outcross matings, which introduced the tabby pattern into the Siamese. Caramel Tabby and Apricot Tabby Points, plus a few Caramel Points, have cropped up over the years, have often been sold as pets as being 'poor colour' kittens, or appeared on the bench under various guises, their colour sometimes being questioned, especially more recently.
Many of today's Caramels and Apricot Tabby Points owe their existence to this original introduction, with no further outcrosses to Oriental lines. Several of them have initially been shown in the championship status Tabby Point class, their breeders not having expected to produce "new" colours from their full register pedigree, having been disqualified and have been highly successful when correctly re-registered.
There are almost enough "qualified" Caramel Tabby Points, all of which owe their existence to a much more recent outcross to Orientals, so there is no request to amalgamate those colours at the present time. The "self" colours - Caramel, Apricot, Cinnamon and Fawn Points - will continue to progress through the "new breeds" scheme.
STANDARD OF POINTS (unchanged except for the removal of "(Preliminary)" after these colours and the substitution of "apricot" for "cream" in the Caramel Tortie Tabby & Caramel Tortie SOPS)
GENERAL STANDARD FOR ALL SIAMESE:
The Siamese Cat should be a beautifully balance animal with head, ears, and neck carried on a long svelte body, supported on fine legs and feet, with tail in proportion. The head and profile should be wedge shaped, neither round nor pointed. The eyes should be a clear brilliant blue, the expression alert and intelligent.
HEAD: Long and well proportioned, with width between the ears, narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle.
EARS: Rather large and pricked, wide at the base, set so as to follow the lines of the wedge.
EYES: Oriental in shape and slanting towards the nose, but with width between. They should not be deep-set. The haw should not cover more than the corner of the eye.
BODY & LEGS: Medium in size, body long and svelte, legs proportionately slim, hind legs slightly higher than front legs, feet small and oval. The body, and feet should be in proportion, giving the whole a well-balanced appearance.
TAIL: Long and tapering and free from any kink.
POINTS: Mask, ears, feet and tail dense and clearly defined colour, matching in basic colour on all points, showing clear contrast between points and body colour. Mask complete and (except in kittens) connected by tracings with the ears.
COAT: Very short and fine in texture, glossy and close lying. Colours as per individual standards, any shading to appear on back and sides. Bib, chest and belly to be pale.
THE 'NEW' COLOURS IN SIAMESE
A brief introduction for those unfamiliar with the background to the new colours.
CINNAMON AND FAWN
Cinnamon was produced in Siamese and Orientals by mating a Sorrel Abyssinian, 'Tranby Red Tutankhamen' to a Seal Point Siamese, 'Annelida Fair Maid'. This produced a brown agouti male a black agouti female, who produced 'Southview Pavane', the first Cinnamon. The light brown gene, which produces cinnamon, is recessive, so both parents must carry cinnamon offspring. Fawn is the dilute of cinnamon, and to produce fawns both parents must carry cinnamon and dilute. The cinnamon gene pool is still relatively small, and you are very unlikely to find cinnamon or fawn kittens appearing unexpectedly.
This colour came in with the first moggie matings, which produced tabby points. There is an interesting description of one of the non-pedigree tabby sires, grandfather of 'Miss Tee Kat', who herself was described as having 'enormous sapphire eyes outlined by dark brown lines... the nose was silver with gold shading near the tip... the background of her mask had an overall silver look, white fur setting off the dark lines, pale to dark brown stripes on the legs, silver tail with black bars and tip, and the body short coated, sleek and pale with the suggestion of silver dapple on both her flanks'. Caramel is produced by the action of one or two dilute modifier genes on blue and lilac. This means that there are several genetic versions of caramel, which seem to be different in appearance, the blue-based caramel is darker, colder and perhaps less attractive shade than the lilac based caramel. The Dm gene is carried by chocolate and seal, and may be passed along for many generations without appearing. It is possible to produce caramel and lilac kittens in the same litter. It is impossible to know how many caramel and caramel tabby points were produced in the past and registered as lilac or chocolate - in all innocence, as caramel was not recognised, and unknown to most breeders. Probably most of the caramel points were sold as pets, as even young caramel point would not appear pinky-grey. But as we have found so often, it is very hard to be sure of the colour of a young caramel tabby point kitten and some caramel tabby points were very successful on the bench - indeed, one often appears in reference books as a lilac tabby point! Because of this, we may have to assume that all seal and chocolate points and their solid seal and chocolate offspring carry the Dm gene and are capable of producing caramel.
This 'New' colour, ( which like caramel had been around for years), is the result of the Dm genes modifying cream. As caramel appears a darker version of lilac, with a silvery sheen developing with time, so apricot is a darker version of cream with a silver sheen. It is very difficult to distinguish from pale red or a dark cream.
I would just like to mention - Jane Lumley - prefix "Jadeveyn" is happy to chat to all interested in the 'New' colours. Also she has at very limited stud the following cats: Jadevyn Justatoff - Caramel Tabby Point; Jadevyn Vannila Ice - Apricot Point; and recently Supremed - UK Gr Ch Jadevyn Justdiserts - Oriental Caramel Ticked Tabby - Tel: 01952 770929
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