The Siamese cat breed is popular for its unique appearance and its spirited temperament. But some people are not fans of their energetic and loud personalities. If you are one of those, a Lynx Point Siamese, with its comparatively low energy level, can be the perfect Siamese cat.
The Lynx variant of Siamese cats is a cross between the traditional Siamese cat and a Tabby cat. They are also known as Tabby Points or Colorpoint Shorthairs. But what is a Lynx Point Siamese cat like? What is Lynx Point Siamese personality?
Lynx Point Siamese
Before we get into the details and learn more about this toned-down version of a Siamese, take a quick look at the overview below.
Lynx Point Siamese Origin
The Lynx Point Siamese is a man-made cat breed. It was first bred accidentally in the early 1940s or 50s, but they weren’t much popular until the late 1960s. It was the result of a cross between a tabby cat and a traditional Siamese cat.
In the early years, Lynx Point Siamese did not get much attention. In fact, they were disliked by Siamese breeders as they were not purebred. However, breeders soon recognized that these mixed Siamese cats had a very soft and friendly temperament, unlike purebred Siamese cats’ less social and somewhat mean nature.
As the word about their affectionate and friendly nature spread in the late 1960s, this crossbreed became popular. It was an instant hit among people who had a love-hate relationship with a traditional Siamese cat. They loved the Siamese for their unique appearance but didn’t like their feisty and loud nature. And so, in a Lynx Point Siamese, they found a cat that was a watered-down version of the traditional Siamese cat. They were equally loyal and affectionate as the Siamese but had more relaxed and laid-back personalities.
Physical Appearance of a Lynx Point Siamese
This breed of cats was given the name Lynx Point because of their resemblance with the wild Lynx. These cats have a medium-built bodies, much like that of a traditional Siamese cat. A Lynx Point Siamese male cat weighs around 6 – 12 pounds, while females tend to be a bit lighter at 5 – 10 pounds. Their body frame is small but muscular, making them one of the athletic cat breeds. They are around 9 – 10 inches in height.
Lynx Point Siamese cats have a shorthaired coat that comes in various colors, such as red, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, apricot, blue, seal, and lilac. They have prominent circles of color that start from their cheeks, go down to their legs, and then to the tail. These rings of color become darker with age. Another prominent feature in these cats is that these circles make an M on their forehead, which is also an identifying characteristic of Tabby cats.
The coat color of Lynx Point Siamese is a mixture of the colorpoint and the tabby pattern. The “Lynx point” in their name refers to the tabby patterns in the color points on their legs, face, nose, paws, and tails.
Lynx Point Siamese Personality
As mentioned earlier, a Lynx Point Siamese is an extremely loving and loyal cat breed. They have a reputation for being affectionate towards their human owner. They are talkative and also have a curious nature. They also love to engage with their owners and try talking to them. This breed is considered a toned-down version of a traditional Siamese cat. So, they have a lot of personality traits like the Siamese but are more muted than them.
Does Lynx Point Siamese Make a Good Family Pet?
Lynx Point Siamese can make a great family pet if properly socialized. They are highly energetic and thus make a perfect pet for families with children, who are always ready to play, just like these Siamese cats. However, given their highly energetic nature, it is strongly advised that you do not let Lynx Point Siamese cats alone with small children and toddlers—these cats don’t have much patience and may growl at them or be rude to them. However, if you were to teach your children how to behave with the cat and respect her boundaries, they may get along just fine.
If your Lynx Point Siamese inherits most of the personality traits of the tabby cat, you can expect her to nap with you in bed, lay on top, or sleep on your chest. But if your cat is inheriting more from the Siamese gene pool, you should expect her to be more playful. Instead of sitting in your lap, your Lynx Point Siamese cat would be more interested in playfighting with you and playfully attacking your legs.
Do Lynx Point Siamese Cats Get Along With Other Pets?
What makes Lynx Point Siamese great pets is that they not only get along with the human members of the family but also pets, both cats and dogs. When they are introduced and properly socialized with other pets at a very young age, they make great friends. That said, if your Lynx Point Siamese cat has been the only pet in the house for ages and you bring home a new cat or dog, they might not get along. Like the traditional Siamese, Lynx Point Siamese cats could also be territorial, especially when they have been living in a house for a long time without any other pet, and then suddenly, one day, some cat or dog shows up. However, if you introduce them carefully and the first meet-up goes well, they might get along—your dream of a cat and dog living together could come true.
Here is a Lynx Point kitten drinking water with other cats.
Lynx Point Siamese: Training and Activity
The Lynx Point Siamese cats are intelligent and have a curious nature. Because of their inquisitiveness, they love to go out and explore the world around them. But this can become a problem if they go far away and get lost.
So, Lynx Point Owners are advised to use no-shock cat collars or GPS tracking devices to make sure that their curious Lynx Point Siamese don’t go too far, get lost, or run into a road accident. When taking your cat on walks, you should keep them on a leash. Fortunately, Lynx Point Cats can easily be trained to walk on a leash using clicker training and a hand full of cat treats.
You need to keep them close to you when you go out and do not leave them unattended.
They are active cats and love to play with their owner. These cats are ideal for households that have children so that the cats can play with them. They are also social and get along well with novice cat owners and other pets and cats. They have a reputation for being talkative, so brace yourself for a long chatter every time you are with them.
They would keep telling you stories and everything about their day—irrespective of whether you are interested or not and if you understand them.
Are Lynx Point Siamese Hypoallergenic?
Lynx Point Siamese cats are considered hypoallergenic as they have shorthaired coats and don’t shed much. Besides, like the traditional Siamese cats, they produce a very small amount of Fel D1—an allergen—that is responsible for triggering an allergic reaction in people with allergies. So, yes, Lynx Point Siamese cats would make a great choice for people with allergies.
That said, this does not mean that Lynx Point Siamese cats don’t pose the risk of allergic reactions in allergy sufferers. No cat is fully hypoallergenic, as allergens can be found in shed skin cells, hair, saliva, dander, etc. But with some caution, you can go on to live a happy life with Lynx Point Siamese, even if you have allergies.
Are Lynx Point Siamese Purebred?
No, Lynx Point Siamese cats are not purebred. They are developed by a cross between the Siamese and the Tabby cat. Lynx Point Siamese is not even a recognized cat breed. Where the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) refers to them as Lynx ColorPoint Shorthair, the Governing Council of cat Fancy (GCCF) refers to them as Tabby Point Siamese.
Are Lynx Point Siamese Cats rare?
Though Lynx Point Siamese cats are a bit rare, they are not hard to find. You can easily find a cat breeder that will create a Lynx Point Siamese for you by crossing a Siamese cat with a Tabby cat. However, a Tortie Point Siamese—a tortoiseshell variation of the Lynx Point Siamese cat—is much rarer.
If you look carefully, you might even be able to find a Lynx Point Siamese cat up for adoption in your local cat shelters.
How Much Does a Lynx Point Siamese Cost?
Given their friendly demeanor, Lynx Point Siamese cats are highly desirable and, thus, are not very common in cat shelters. But they are not very expensive—you can easily get a Lynx Point Siamese cat for anywhere between $200 to $400. But before you make a purchase, you should ask for vet records and make sure that they don’t have any underlying health issues and are fully inoculated.
Common Lynx Point Siamese Health Issues
Lynx Point Siamese is a healthy cat breed and doesn’t go through a lot of health issues in its life, but some health risks can pop up in the later years of their lives. That said, if kept with great care, they can easily live a healthy life beyond their average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Some of these health risks include:
- Respiratory problems, such as asthma or bronchitis.
- Progressive retinal atrophy is an inherited health issue that can lead to partial or complete blindness in a little time.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gums that can result in teeth falling out if left without treatment. This will also result in the cat foaming at the mouth.
- Vestibular disease is a disease that affects a cat’s inner ear. This part of the ear helps maintain the body’s balance.
- Cancer. Get your cat regularly checked for any signs of cancer. “The most dangerous disease associated with Lynx Point Siamese cats…is CANCER. My beautiful boy died of intestinal cancer that spread to his chest. Please warn people to have their babies checked for that,” commented a cat owner, MJLuxe, on our YouTube video.
- Urinary tract infection
- Eating disorders—they may become picky eaters, which can result in malnourishment.
Lynx Points are also more prone to becoming obese. They tend to overeat when not carefully monitored. This can lead to obesity, further bringing more health issues with it. The Siamese have lean and muscular bodies that cannot carry extra weight. The extra weight causes their joints to bear more than their capacity, leading subsequently to arthritis or other joint-related issues.
How Long Does a Lynx Point Siamese Cat Live?
Lynx Point Siamese is an overall healthy cat breed with an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. When kept with great care, they can go on to live even beyond 20 years.
8 Fun Facts About Lynx Point Siamese
- Lynx Point Siamese was an Accident: Although a man-made breed, the first Lynx Point Siamese cat resulted because of an accidental cross between a Siamese and a Tabby cat with stripes.
- Resemblance to a Wild Lynx: These cats are famous for being very similar to the wild Lynx. Actually, the name Lynx Point was given to them because of their sheer resemblance with the wild Lynx.
- Lynx Point Siamese is Not Really a Thing: It is not actually a cat breed. It only came to be known as Lynx Point Siamese as the Cat Fanciers’ Association started referring to their coat as lynx point—Lynx Colorpoint Shorthair. On the other hand, in the UK, the Governing Council of cat Fancy refers to these cats as Tabby Point Siamese.
- All Pointed Cats are Born White: All pointed cats, including Lynx Point Siamese, Blue Point Siamese, Flame Point Siamese, and Ragdolls, are born white. Their coat color is sensitive to temperature and only develops color where the temperature is lower. It may take your Lynx Point Siamese kitten around 6 to 8 weeks to develop its point colors.
- Lynx Point Siamese are Considered Hypoallergenic: Siamese Cats are considered hypoallergenic as they shed very little and produce a lower amount of Fel D1—an allergen. The same is the case with Lynx Point Siamese; they shed little and are thus considered a great choice for people with allergies.
- An M on the Forehead: One of the unique features of these cats is that the color circles on their face make an M on their forehead. Very few cats have M on their foreheads, including orange tabby cats.
- They are Independent: Although they are curious and love to poke their little noses in literally everything, you can leave them alone without worrying about them feeling sad or left out. They are known to be independent in entertaining themselves and can do well on their own. However, you should provide them with interesting stuff like window perches, scratching posts, toys, etc.
- Subdued Version of a Traditional Siamese: The Lynx Point Siamese is the best choice for people who like the affectionate nature of Siamese cats but don’t like their loud personalities. A Lynx Point is known to be the toned-down version of the traditional Siamese. They are as affectionate as a Siamese but less loud and active.
So, it is safe to say a Lynx Point Siamese is the best type of cat to bring to your home. With their affectionate nature, intelligence, and somewhat laid-back personality, they are easy to fall in love with. Once they become comfortable with you, they will follow you everywhere and would want to be a part of every aspect of your life. They are inquisitive, so don’t leave them unattended for long stretches.
Thus, in a Lynx Point Siamese, you can find a talkative yet affectionate and loyal friend who will be around you for a long time.