The Breed History

In Britain around the year 1951, a cross between a seal point Siamese and a black part-Siamese shorthair cat produced a solid brown offspring named Elmtower Bronze Idol, the first cat in the GCCF registry for the breed. Brown colored cats had already arrived from Europe much earlier (reported to be in the 1890s in a London cat show; perhaps the oldest being Granny Grumps). These chocolate solid foreign-type cats were called Chestnut Brown Foreign for a while. At some point, Russian Blues were reported to be introduced into the breed during outcrossing.