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Seal Point Siamese Cats

Seal Point Siamese cats are the 'original' Meezers, the ones most people (well, most people who aren't owned by one of these fascinating creatures!) imagine when they think of Siamese cats.

The ones that are seen in cartoons and films and on TV, and generally give the breed a bad name!

So what are they really like?



Seal Points are very much the elegant aristocrats of the Siamese world, independent and dignified (and don't they know it!)

They're real creatures of habit, dislike change, and can be quite possessive - jealous guardians of their owners' affections.

They'll quickly let you know - with a piercing glance, a strident 'niaowrr!', or even a quick rugby-tackle of your ankles - when they disapprove of something you're doing.

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Seal Points tend to darken with age


Seal Point Siamese cats have very dark, almost black, seal-brown points, with facial mask, ears, tail, paws, nose leather and paw pads all in the same dark brown color.

Of all the point colors, they have the widest variation in body color. When they're young, their coats are generally pale cream, but Seal Points tend to darken with age.

Although the fur on their chest, neck and stomach may stay lighter, their backs tend to darken to a cold-toned caramel-beige, and may even turn dark brown, so that in later life there may be little difference in color between the hair on their backs and their tails.

Show judges tend to give preference to Seal Points with pale bodies, so it's unusual to see one in a show ring much after the age of two.

A Seal Point or a Chocolate? What's the difference?

You can find out more about the Chocolate Point Siamese here; there's also a wonderful picture of a Seal Point and a Chocolate Point together on that page that clearly shows the difference.

In general, Seal Points are darker all round than Chocolate Points - darker coats, darker points, and with cold-toned rather than warm-toned fur.

Seal Point Siamese kittens

At a young age it's difficult to tell Seal Point kittens from their Blue counterparts, although both tend to develop their point color more quickly than either Chocolate or Lilac Points.

With all Siamese kittens, it can take several weeks for their points to become distinct.


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Seal Point

Seal Point is one of the six Siamese colors. It is the darker version, and is closely related to Chocolate Point. It has grey, akin to the colour of a seal, hence its name, point colours. There are several other cats who also have seal points as a colour.

A seal point cat has a tan-beige colored upper body and dark brown legs, ears, and tail. The paw pads and nose will be the same dark brown as its legs, ears, and tail, and it will have blue eyes.

Seal point may look similar to two other color points, chocolate point and tortie point. A chocolate point cat has a different shade of limbs; milk chocolate conpared to the dark brown shown in the picture. The torite point has orange and brown colors on limbs and mottled paw pads, compared to the plain brown ones of a seal point.

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seal point catWhat does it mean to have a seal point cat?

Learning about seal point color is important if you want to breed or show your cat.

It can also just be fun to learn about different breeds of cat that can display the seal point cat coloration!

Seal point cat color

The first thing to know about the seal point cat color is the definition of the word point, which refers to a particular color on a cats extremities.

Extremities can include tail, ears, paws, nose, and face.

The color point can be on some or all of these extremities.

The next thing to know about the seal point cat color is the definition of the word seal.

Not too surprisingly, this color falls along the brown spectrum sort of like how most seals look brown when they come out of the water to bask in the sun!

Seal point color can be lighter brown, a rich brown-black, or anywhere in between.

The key when calling a cat a seal point cat is that there is a stark contrast between the color points and the main body color, which is typically a white, cream, or light earth tone color.

The gene responsible for seal point cat coloration comes from the Siamese cat breed.

However, with outcrossing over the years, not all cats with seal point coloration today are classified as Siamese cats (more on this in a later section).

Seal point coat color

As you just learned, the seal point coat color is a contrast of two different colors the main body color and the color on some or all of the cats extremities.

But it can get more complicated from here.

For instance, what does it mean when you see a cat called a blue seal point cat?

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Cat breeders have developed some unusual terms to describe various cat coat color.

For instance, the word blue usually means grey. So a blue seal point cat is actually a cat with a grey body coat color and seal (brown) color points.

The cat color formula

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, there is a standard formula most breeders use when describing a cats full coloration, which includes main body color, color points, pattern, and coat length.

Here it is:

Coat color + coat pattern + coat length + any special features + cat breed name.

Lets take an example of a cat that is described as a tabby seal point Ragdoll.

What does this mean exactly?

The simple translation is that this is a Ragdoll cat with brown spectrum stripes (the tabby color pattern) on the body and seal (brown) color on the extremities.

Seal point color patterns

Now that you know the basic terms and definitions of seal point coat color, lets look at seal point color patterns.

For example, some cats are classified as seal point mitted cats.

What does this mean? The new word here to understand is mitted.

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Mitted is a term that refers to the color white.

Here, a seal pointed mitted cat might have the seal color on the ears and tail and white color points.

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Seal point cat breeds

According to Madame Siamese (aka Jeanne Singer), the foremost breeder of Siamese cats in the world today, there are 14 cat breeds that can trace their genetic lineage back to this iconic cat breed.

There are just four permissible colors in the modern Siamese cat breed standard: seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac point.

The reason so many other cat breeds can also display the seal point coloration is because of the many outcrossings (breeding two different breeds of cats together) that have occurred over the years, many resulting in new cat breeds that are now registered purebreds in their own right.

Lets take a quick look at some of the most popular cat breeds that can display seal point coloring.

Seal point Siamese

The original seal point cat breed, the Siamese, has become a breed that often feels a bit larger than life within the cat community.

Interestingly, the Siamese has also cemented the concept of the seal point cat personality as being intensely demanding, loving, loyal, and affectionate.

A Siamese cats classic coloration one that dates all the way back to its origins as a royal cat in the kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) is seal point.

Seal point Ragdoll

A Ragdoll cat can display a number of seal point color combinations, including a seal point mitted Ragdoll and a seal point bicolor Ragdoll.

Seal point Himalayan

A seal point Himalayan cat is one of the most striking and popular colorations in this breed because of the visual contrast between the creamy body coat and rich color points.

Seal point Balinese cat

A seal point Balinese cat is just one of several color point combinations this cat can exhibit.

Seal point Persian cat

A seal point Persian cat is sometimes referred to as a Himalayan Persian or colorpoint Persian, although this is a separate cat breed that was recognized as such in the 1950s.

Other seal point cat breeds

Other cat breeds that can display the seal point color and are related to the Siamese cat include the Birman, the British Shorthair, the Colorpoint Shorthair, the Tonkinese, the Thai, the Snowshoe, the Napoleon, and the Javanese.

Choosing a seal point kitten

If you have your heart set on bringing home a seal point kitten, it is important to know that any kittens coat color can change as the kitten grows up!

Coat color at maturity may be influenced by a variety of factors, including the health of the mother, the temperature of the home environment, nutrition, sun exposure, and age.

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The seal point cat color is one of the most ancient and honored coat colors in the world. Do you live with a seal point cat? Wed love to hear your experiences!

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References and Further Reading

  • Jacobberger, P., Coats and Colors: How Does the Description Work?, Cat Fanciers Association, 2018.
  • White, B., Siamese: the Four Colors, National Siamese Cat Club, 2018.
  • Griffin, B., DVM, Cat Identification, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, 2018.
  • TRC, Tumbledown Ragdoll Cats Cattery, 2018.
  • Musleah, R., A Composers Creation: Siamese Cat Breeding, New York Times, 1997.
  • Prowting, C., Pattern/Colour Predictors, The British Ragdoll Cat Club, 1987.
  • Wood, T., Feline Coat Color Tests, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC-Davis, 2018.
  • Eizirik, E., et al, Defining and Mapping Mammalian Coat Pattern Genes: Multiple Genomic Regions Implicated in Domestic Cat Stripes and Spots, Genetics Journal, 2010.

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Patrick's AziaSeal Point Siamese

Seal points are the stereotypical Siamese cats. The first cats to reach the Western Hemisphere were seal points, and for many years they were the only officially recognized color variation.



They have very dark brown, even black, points, with face, ears, tail, paws, nose leather, and paw pads all the same color.


Young kittens are a pale cream, but they darken much more quickly with age than the other varieties. TheSeal Point Kittenfur on their chest and stomach will stay lighter, but their backs become darker brown.

Show judges tend to prefer pale bodies, so its unusual to see a seal points much older than two years old in the show arena.

The Most Dominant?

Seal points are often thought to be the most dominant of the Siamesethey can be possessive and definitely do not like changes in their routine. They are also very loyal and affectionate!

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