original Siamese cats of centuries ago were not always the familiar cream color with points. Many of them were solid colors, and there were solids among the ﬁrst Siamese brought to the West. Chalk it up to the ﬁckleness of human taste: cat fanciers decided they preferred the pointed Siamese, so for a long time their solid-color cousins were rarely found.
Known as Oriental Shorthairs, they are gaining in popularity. They have the typical Siamese personality—gregarious, active, chatty and willing (some of them, anyway) to walk on a leash. They have the body type of the Siamese: long, lanky, with a wedge-shaped face and fairly large ears.