Aim of breeders traditional Siamese in Holland
The Siamese cat is
from the past
till today a very popular breed. More then hundred years ago the first
Siamese were imported from Siam (Thailand) to England.
The appearance of
the Siamese has changed. But the type of the first Siamese we saw in
England till about 1960 are still present.
All over the world
breeders has started to preserve the Old-Style Siamese and a growing
number of organizations recognize the traditional Siamese or Thai as a
"new breed" with their own breed standard and registration
papers. Also in Holland a
group of fanciers/breeders has specialized in the traditional Siamese
Traditionele Siamezen Nederland" intents to promote and protect
the original shape of the Siamese, develops a breeding schedule and a breed
standard in the Dutch language. Starting-points
are Healthiness, Character and the traditional Siamese exterior.
Although the breed
standard permits all Siamese colors, the Dutch breeder wants to
develop first the classic Siamese colors seal- chocolate- blue-
and lilac points. For
this breeding schedule we use exclusively traditional Siamese or Thai registered Siamese.
For that we use
also cats imported from country’s which never had a development for
the Siamese Cat or from breeders that has bred aware the Old-style
Siamese. Often has this breeder not visited a show for a long time and
it happens that they don’t have an official pedigree for the cats anymore.
The WTSN breeder
goes with a Siamese like this to a cat show in the "Determination
Class". Than they can get a "Registration Card" as a
Thai or traditional Siamese if the cat looks like the Old-style Siamese.
generations the traditional Siamese gets a Pedigree again.
Of course this
development and acceptation of the traditional Siamese by National and
International Cat Club Societies and Associations has to be with good
Breeder code Workgroup Traditional Siamese Netherlands (WTSN)
All breeders also have to agree with and live by the;
- breeder code from the SIOK ( Breed Club for Siamese, Oriental
Shorthair, Balinese and Oriental Longhair)
- The most recent version of the “Dogs and Cats conclusion” of the
- The Health- and Care code of the Dutch Cat Fancy Foundation
- Breeder shall not breed in a professional way. The WTSN allows
breeding in small proportions. So non-commercial keeping and breeding of
cats without the intent to make money, etc.
- With the concern of the health of the cat it is important to wait 12
months between two litters of one queen.
- Breeder endorses “ breeding in the width”. This means trying to
breed with more queens and studs than is done till now. The WTSN there
for stimulates breeders not to have litters in a structural way and
trying to use young studs more and shorter as stud. All of this under
the guidance of the WTSN and under responsibility of the cattery. Early
castration (castration before 13 weeks of age) isn’t allowed without
deliberation of the WTSN and new kitten owners.
- Placing a stud on the website of the WTSN only happens after
deliberation of the WTSN, also when a stud is only used for a short
period of time.
- Kittens born out of a combination of which the stud is unknown or
not accepted by the WTSN, can be refused for the kittenlist of the WTSN.
A mating between a WTSN queen and a non WTSN stud must always be
deliberated with the WTSN.
- Breeders will not do inbreeding or line breeding (a crossing between
closely related cats such as: father/daughter, mother/son,
brother/sister, cousins, etc.) Our ambition is to have a 4 generation
pedigree in which no inbreeding/ line breeding is done. But we will also
look at double names in the last 10 generations of a line. You can ask
advice about inbreeding of certain combinations and ask for
- The WTSN has pedigrees from over 30.000 cats. The inbreeding
calculation of “Ancestor Loss Coefficient” will, for the time being,
be used to advise or discommend certain combinations with a short
pedigree line (lots of empty spots in a line). A minimum “ancestor
loss coefficient” of 85% (meaning a maximum loss of 15%) in a 6
generation pedigree (62 possible ancestors) is what we work with at
this moment. We will also look at common ancestors of a combination,
in total 500 ancestors from both sides. The advice is to at least stay
under the 10% common ancestors. (Source: “Hundezüchtung in Theorie und
Praxis” by Walter Schleger and Irene Stur).
- Both Queen and stud have to have a legitimate FeLV and FIV test (not
older then 1 year, but we recommend not older then 6 months) The queen
needs to have a vaccination for feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline
viral rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus for at least the time of
- Breeder lets kittens grow up in the living room, with other pets and
humans. Breeder is to tell new kitten owners about the personality of
kittens and how to take care of a kitten and all other relevant
- Breeder has to be open and honest about breeding problems and must
on her own initiative tell the WTSN about risks, (inherited)
abnormalities etc. Breeder has to tell the new kitten owner about
abnormalities or defects concerning health or looks of a kitten or the
possibility for the kitten to develop them later in life.
- Breeder uses the standard Kitten contract of the WTSN to sell a
kitten. Breeder detains the prices for kittens and stud matings as they
are determined every year by the WTSN.