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About Thais. . .

On May 1, 2010, the Old-Style Siamese was accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) for championship status.  Once again, the Old-Style Siamese has returned to the show ring under the name, "THAI." 


We define the Old-Style Siamese (OSS) as the same type of Siamese cat that was bred for centuries in Thailand; the same cat that became popular when it was imported to the West during the late nineteenth century and mid-twentieth century.  An Old-Style Siamese will not have a thick, fluffy coat; the coat should be smooth and silky. It will not have a round skull, a chunky body or tufted ears.  It will have a substantial body and a moderately wedge-shaped head (exact proportions of the wedge shape may vary).  An Old-Style Siamese will fall within the 20th-century breed standard developed in 1914 by America's Siamese Cat Society.


Most importantly, an Old-Style Siamese will have a long pedigree, going back many, many generations, that is recognized by the major cat registries.   In short, an OSS should have the same look that has existed for so long in Thailand; the look that the first imported British cats had about 100 years ago. An Old-Style Siamese should look the same as the cats that dominated the Siamese breed until the late 1960s. 


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