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Colorpoint Shorthair

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Colorpoint Shorthair (Lilac, Muzzle)
Lilac, Muzzle

Breed Information


2018: #31

2017: #32

Name Colorpoint Shorthair
Other names None
Origin United States
Size Small to Medium

Short Hair



Lap Cat Yes
Life span 12-16 years






Male: 8 - 12 pounds

Female: 6 - 8 pounds








Tortoise Shell

Kitten Prices

Average $600 - $800 USD

The normal Colorpoint Shorthair kitten can cost you anywhere from around $600-$800. Each breeder will have their own price, based on factors such as having show-winning parents, so it is best to call and around for more than one price.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Affection Level

5 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Energy Level

3 stars


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation. Frequency should be once a week.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.


4 stars


2 stars

Minimal Shedding: Very little to no shedding occurs for this cat breed. These type of cats typically produce little to no dander and are hypoallergenic.

Social Needs

4 stars

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


5 stars

Frequent Vocalization: It is known to be very vocal. Owners might be concerned for excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.

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Colorpoint Shorthair Kitten (Face, Chocolate)
Face, Chocolate

Kitten Names

Rank Male Female
01 Gizmo Sienna
02 Mikesch Molly
03 Cassidy Sasha
04 Buddy Ella
05 Coco Daisy
06 Gavin Chloe
07 Simba Angelina
08 Angus Emma
09 Tommy Lily
10 Lucky Alice
100 Cute Kitten Names ›


The Colorpoint Shorthair, like many of CFA’s breeds, is a man-made breed. In the 1940s-1950s, a few adventurous breeders decided that the beautiful Siamese would look nice in red. A seal point Siamese was bred to a red tabby American Shorthair, and a breed was born! CFA advanced the Colorpoints to championship status in 1964 with the red and cream points, and advanced the lynx and tortie points in 1969. The Colorpoint Shorthair breed currently includes 16 colors, with body and head type identical to the Siamese.

The Colorpoint Shorthair is a highly intelligent, playful, and people-friendly breed. They are extremely affectionate and outgoing and enjoy lounging around and playing with people, causing them to also be described as "extroverts". They can also be very sensitive with nervous temperaments, which do not adapt well to changes of environment or to strangers. Like Siamese, they can be extremely vocal and attention-demanding, feeling a need for human companionship. They have over 100 vocal sounds, much more than regular cats, making very unusual meows. Males are sometimes found to be overly aggressive towards other animals, will fight with other cats whenever they feel their territory has been invaded or just to express dominance.

Children & Other Pets

The active and social Colorpoint is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He gets along with cats and dogs who respect his authority. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.

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