National Geographic : 1964 Apr
EKTACHROMESW NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Blue Point Siamese, grand champion Jezebelle, wears a coat of bluish white with points of the same shade of "definite blue, giving strong con trast of divided color," as the standard provides. "Nose... slate colored. Eyes clear and as deep blue as possible within the breed." How blue is blue? asks the author, and answers the question: "In coat coloring, the shade is slate or gray blue, but eyes are as blue as your little golden-haired sister's." These Seal Points, exhibiting the most popular color, show eyes conforming to the standard: "Al mond shaped and slanting.., in true Oriental fash ion." Undesirable elements include crossed eyes and kinked tails, both weaknesses of the breed. liminary judging is done on the basis of coat color classifications. Breeders have made sure that interest in Longhairs does not lag by developing, over the years, 20 recognized coat colors. In all other matters of quality and ap pearance, the 20 must meet the same stand ards. (A maverick type is the Peke-faced Persian, which has been endowed with the pushed-in nose and wrinkled muzzle of the Pekingese dog.) "A Luscious Bunch of Stuff" Considering that there is only one Burmese class, one Abyssinian, one Russian Blue, and a mere four Siamese, the Persians make quite a mob at most shows. In all fairness, the Persian colorations are magnificent, and if it takes 20 classifications to see them all, so (Continued on page 536) 533 Lilac Point Siamese, champion Tai Shan, re quires, for perfection, a body color of "glacial white." Points, says the standard, should be "frosty gray with pinkish tone. Foot pads... mauve."