Is Siamese Color Dominant Or Recessive? (Explained)

Siamese cats are known for their distinctive appearance, but how do they get that way? In this article, we’ll look at the genetics of Siamese cats and how coat color is determined. We’ll explore what makes the Siamese cat unique among cats and why it’s so hard to find a purebred one these days.

Genetics of Siamese cat coat colors. – YouTube
Siamese cat color inheritance is a fascinating topic.
The color pattern of Siamese cats is determined by a temperature-sensitive gene.
Siamese cats have a specific coat color known as “point coloration.”
The coat color of Siamese cats becomes more apparent as they grow older.
Siamese cats can have different variations of point colors.
Understanding the genetics of Siamese cat coloration can help breeders predict the coat colors of offspring.
Siamese cat color genetics involve the interaction of multiple genes.
Siamese cat coat colors can be influenced by factors such as temperature and genetics.
Breeders can use selective breeding to achieve specific coat color patterns in Siamese cats.
Siamese cat color inheritance follows both dominant and recessive patterns.

Seal Point

If you have a Seal point Siamese, it means that your cat’s eyes are dark brown. This color is most common in the Siamese breed because it’s recessive to all other colors, meaning that two parents with blue eyes can produce seal point kittens if they both carry the gene for it. 

It also means that you can’t tell by looking at your seal point whether or not he carries blue in his bloodline—but since only one of his parents needed to be a seal point Siamese, there’s probably a good chance he does!

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Blue Point

Blue point Siamese are the darkest of all Siamese colors, with a bluish-grey coat and blue eyes. They are also the most common color of Siamese cat.Blue point can also be referred to as dark seal tortie or blue-cream.

Chocolate Point

Chocolate point is a color that is genetically a chocolate color, but has a white body and a black face. Chocolate points are the most common Siamese color variation seen in pet stores and have been popular for many years.

Chocolate points can be found in cats with blue-eyed Siamese, although their eyes will be blue or green at birth and may change over time as they age. 

The eyes of other Siamese cat breeds are generally golden (yellow) or brown colored with dark rims around them

Chocolate PointSiamese cats with chocolate-colored points (ears, face, paws, and tail) against a lighter body color.
Seal PointSiamese cats with dark brown points against a lighter body color.
Blue PointSiamese cats with bluish-gray points against a lighter body color.
Lilac PointSiamese cats with pale lavender points against a lighter body color.
Caramel PointSiamese cats with caramel-colored points against a lighter body color.
Flame PointSiamese cats with reddish-orange points against a lighter body color.

Lilac Point

Lilac point Siamese cats are the result of a recessive gene, which means that both parents must have the lilac point color for it to appear in their offspring. If one parent has this color and the other does not, then you will get some kittens with red points and some with lilac points.

Lilac points are a dilution of red points- they have lighter bodies and faces than their counterparts. 

Even though they look very different from regular Siamese cats, they retain many of their traits- such as almond eyes and body shape (they’re known for having long bodies). They also have blue eyes instead of green or yellow ones like most Siameses do!

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Red Point

A red point Siamese cat is one that has a red coat and blue eyes. A red point Siamese is not as common as the seal or chocolate points. Red points are born with white fur on their bellies and paws.

When you look at an adult cat, you will see that their belly, chest and legs are white. Their face has tan markings around the eyes, nose and mouth which give them a distinctive appearance from other cats with different colored coats such as black tuxedo cats (black coats with white muzzles), brown tuxedo cats (brown coats with black muzzles) etcetera

Cream Point

Cream point is a dilution of red point, where the color has been lightened to varying degrees. A cat can have cream points and also carry black, blue and chocolate (and any other color) genetics.

Cream points are not true colors; they are genetic mutations that result in lighter coloring than would normally be expected from a Siamese cross with another breed or less white on the body, head or tail than would normally be expected from a Siamese cross with another breed. 

This occurs when one of the genes for the red coat color fails to express itself fully due to a recessive mutation at this very specific location on chromosome 7.

Since it is physically impossible for an organism to have both recessive alleles at one locus (since they will cancel each other out), this gene can only be expressed once in every four cats that inherit it from their parents – hence its name Recessive Red Allele (RRA). 

It can therefore only become visible through crossing with another breed that carries MC1R alleles which produces no pigment at all (for example black or blue) since these two types of cats are homozygous recessives at MC1R and will always produce offspring depending upon how much pigment is suppressed by RRA

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Red Lynx Point

Red lynx points are a type of colorpoint cat that’s known for its red coat, blue eyes and white ruff. This is not the same as a Siamese cat—the two breeds have noticeably different physical characteristics.

Red lynx points are typically born with black fur, but their coat will change to reddish brown over time (this is called “fading”). 

When they’re fully grown, red lynx point cats will generally have an orange-colored tip on their tails. Their coats should be long and silky. Their eyes are usually bright blue or green in color.

Cream Lynx Point

Cream lynx point is a colorpoint cat with a creamy white body and a darker head. This cat is also called “smoke.”

It’s important to note that you can’t tell the difference between cream lynx point and dilute calico without seeing the DNA test results from the parents. If only one parent tests as dilute calico, they may have passed on their genes for it.

Cream Lynx PointSiamese cats with cream-colored points (ears, face, paws, and tail)
Seal Lynx PointSiamese cats with dark brown points against a lighter cream body color
Blue Lynx PointSiamese cats with bluish-gray points against a lighter cream body color
Lilac Lynx PointSiamese cats with pale lavender points against a lighter cream body color
Caramel Lynx PointSiamese cats with caramel-colored points against a lighter cream body color
Flame Lynx PointSiamese cats with reddish-orange points against a lighter cream body color

Tortie Lynx Point

Tortie lynx points are the Siamese equivalent of tortoiseshell cats. Just like their feline counterparts, they have a coat that is made up of two different colors. 

However, instead of being black and orange or brown and cream, tortie lynx points’ coats are black or blue on top with an undercoat that can be either chocolate-brown or cream-colored.

Their eyes are also blue—but not all tortie lynx point Siamese have blue eyes! Sometimes they will have one green eye and one blue eye (called “odd-eyed”), or even two different colored eyes altogether (known as “heterochromia iridium”).

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Red Tabby Point

There are many breeds that come in the color “red tabby point,” but this is not a breed category. The term “tabby point” refers to one of many variations on a solid coat pattern.

Red tabby points can be either dominant or recessive depending on their genetic makeup. In short, red tabby points are not Siamese cats! They are colored like Siamese cats but they have different color genes than Siamese cats do. 

The red tabby point pattern arises when a cat inherits two copies of the MC1R gene responsible for red coloring in mammals (it’s also responsible for orange and cream). 

The MC1R gene is dominant, so if you have one copy of it, your cat will appear red; if you have two copies, then he’ll look like an orange cat with white fur patches around his eyes and nose:

Red Tabby PointSiamese cats with red tabby markings on their points
Seal Tabby PointSiamese cats with seal tabby markings on their points
Blue Tabby PointSiamese cats with blue tabby markings on their points
Lilac Tabby PointSiamese cats with lilac tabby markings on their points
Caramel Tabby PointSiamese cats with caramel tabby markings on their points
Flame Tabby PointSiamese cats with flame tabby markings on their points

Cream Tabby Point

A cream tabby point is also known as a dilute calico. The result of a dilution gene, the cream tabby point has white fur with cream markings and blue eyes. 

It’s not albino in any way; this cat simply carries two different types of genes: one for producing colored fur and one for producing diluted or lightened pigments.

It’s important to note that this kind of recessive color isn’t limited to Siamese cats—it can appear in other breeds too!

As Siamese cats age, their coat colors may undergo changes. Discover whether Siamese cat coats darken with age and the factors that influence these changes in our informative article on Siamese cat coat darkening.

Tortie Tabby Point

Tortie tabby point is a combination of the tortoiseshell pattern and tabby pattern. The tortoiseshell pattern is created when there’s a dilution gene at work. The tabby pattern can either be dominant or recessive depending on the cat’s genetics. 

What this means is that if you have one parent who’s solid color, but has carried the recessive tabby gene, then your kitten could be born with both patterns in his fur!

A kitten who inherits two copies of the dominant solid color form from each parent will not show any visual signs of being Siamese, but he will still carry two copies of that gene and pass it on to his offspring when bred with a non-Siamese cat (or any other breed).


We hope that this article has helped you understand the Siamese cat genetics a little bit better. The most important thing to remember is that both parents must be Siamese for their kittens to be Siamese as well. 

We also hope that this article has given some insight into what all those different colors mean and how they’re related to each other!

Further Reading

Siamese Cat Genetics: Explore the intricate world of Siamese cat genetics and gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating traits and coat colors of these beautiful felines.

Siamese Genetics: Unraveling the Secrets: Delve into the world of Siamese cat genetics and discover the science behind the distinctive features and coat patterns that make Siamese cats so unique.

Cat Coat Genetics: Visit this comprehensive Wikipedia page to learn about the genetics behind cat coat colors and patterns, including valuable information on Siamese cat genetics.

Now, for the FAQs section:


How are Siamese cats’ coat colors determined?

The coat colors of Siamese cats are determined by a specific genetic mechanism called “point coloration,” where certain body parts develop darker colors due to temperature sensitivity. This phenomenon is known as “temperature-dependent pigment expression.”

Are Siamese cats always born with their characteristic coat colors?

No, Siamese kittens are typically born with lighter or white fur. As they grow and develop, their point colors gradually emerge. The final coloration of their coats becomes more apparent after a few months.

Can Siamese cats have different eye colors?

Yes, Siamese cats are known for their striking blue eyes. However, in some rare cases, Siamese cats may have eyes with different colors, a condition known as “heterochromia.”

Are Siamese cats more prone to certain health issues?

Siamese cats, like any other breed, may have certain genetic predispositions to certain health conditions. However, with proper care and regular veterinary check-ups, Siamese cats can lead healthy lives.

Do Siamese cats pass on their coat color traits to their offspring?

Yes, Siamese cats pass on their coat color traits to their offspring through genetic inheritance. The specific genes responsible for the point coloration are passed down from the parent cats to their kittens.