Siamese Cat Standard of Points - Siamese Cats and Kittens

Siamese Cat Standard of Points

Siamese Cat Standard of Points

We have decided to list the standard of points for the three registries that licence shows in the UK. These are The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), The International Cat Association (TICA) and Felis Britannica (FB). We hope this section of the Siamese Cat Breeder website will be useful to breeders and exhibitors in particular. Any cat or kitten displaying any of the show faults listed below means that they are not desirable traits in a show cat but does not necessarily mean they are undesirable as pets.

GCCF Standard Of Points

The general type standard below should be used in conjunction with the individual colour standards that can be found on the Siamese Breed Profile page.

General Type Standard

The Siamese Cat should be a beautifully balanced animal with head, ears and neck carried on a long svelte body, supported on fine legs and feet, with a tail in proportion. The head and profile should be wedge-shape, 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, with straight profile, strong chin and level bite, carried upon an elegant neck.

Ears – Rather large and pricked, wide at the base, set so as to follow the lines of the wedge. Adult exhibits should be penalised equally for ears which are set too high or too low, distorting the balance of the triangular effect.

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 and Feet – Body medium in size, long and svelte, legs proportionately slim, hind legs slightly higher than the front legs, feet small and oval. The body, legs and feet should all 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 colour standards, any shading to appear on back and sides. Bib, chest and belly to be pale.


Type (50)

Head 15
Ears 5
Eye Shape and Setting 5
Body 15
Legs and Feet 5
Tail 5

Colour and Coat (50)

Eye Colour 15
Points Colour 10
Body Colour 15
Coat Colour 10
Total 100

Withhold all Awards for:

1 White markings anywhere.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

1 Any abnormality of bite or very week chin.

2 Cast in one or both eyes.

3 Eyes tinged with green or green-rimmed.

4 Incorrect colour on nose leather or paw pads

5 A complete hood, i.e. no contrast on head

6 Any defect as listed in the preface to the SOP booklet


1. Lack of contrast between body and points.

Individual Colour and Pattern Standards

We have included a link to the individual breed profiles which includes the GCCF standard of points for each colour and pattern.

Preface to GCCF SOP booklet

Standard list of withholding faults all breeds.

Size and Condition – Withhold certificates or first prizes in kitten open classes on any exhibit which, in the opinion of the judge, is not in excellent physical condition or is undersized for its age and breed.

The following list of defects applies to ALL BREEDS.

Withhold certificates or first prizes in kitten open classes for any of the following defects. It is considered that these defects are undesirable in breeding stock and may be detrimental to the individual cats:

Folded Ears – Where the top of the ear is folded forwards instead of being pricked.

Skull – Any depressions or protrusions. ( The skull should be gently rounded to a greater or lesser degree according to the breed.)

Entropian – Where the upper, lower or both eyelids turn inwards, allowing the lashes or hair to rub the surface of the eye.

Permanent Squint * – Permanent squint or any abnormality of alignment. Severe Nystagmus – consult the Duty Vet.

Reduced Nostril Aperture – Narrowing of the nostrils vertically, horizontally or both, which may cause breathing difficulties. It is often associated with flattened nasal bones and small nose leather.

Exaggerated Depression of the Nasal Bridge (stop) – The nasal cavity is severely reduced, which may cause breathing difficulties. This is often accompanied by blocked tear ducts. The nose should not be excessively short.

Abnormal Position of Nose Leather – When the upper edge of the nose leather is above the lower edge of the eye.

Noticeably Undershot or Overshot Jaw

Narrow or Twisted Lower Jaw

Abnormal Angulation of Canine Teeth – When the mouth is closed the canine teeth should be nearly vertical, the lower canines fitting closely between the upper ones so that the anterior surface of the left upper canine and the posterior surface of the left lower canine almost touch, and similarly with the right upper and lower canines. The incisor teeth should form a straight line between the canines in both upper and lower jaws. The ideal bite is where the upper and lower incisors meet in alignment.

Deformity of Rib Cage

Fixed Deviation of the Sternum or Xiphisternum – The chest should be rounded or oval symmetrically from spine to breast bone when seen in cross-section. There should be no depressions or protrusions on spine or ribs. The sternum (breast bone) should follow a gentle convex curve with no deviation, depression or protrusion and with no hook where the sternum ends.

Fixed Deviation (kink) of the Spine or Tail at any point * – Small bony excrescences need not debar the cat from being placed, but should be taken into consideration.

Luxating Patella in Adults – Where the kneecap can slip from the front of the joint towards the side.

Abnormal Number of Toes – Anything other than four toes on each foot an one dew-claw on each foreleg.

Hernia – Consult the Duty Vet.

Monorchid or Cryptorchid Adult Males – Both testicles must be descended and positioned in the scrotum in entire adult males.

* Squints and kinks have been included in the list because they are faults in all breeds, although they are unlikely to affect the health of the cat or its progeny.

The above defects are fully described, with illustrations, in the GCCF publication ‘Guide to the Defects Listed in the GCCF Standard of Points’.

Certificates should only be awarded if the cat is considered to be of sufficiently high quality, not just lacking any withholding faults.