The Breed History

A Ruddy Abyssinian and Seal Point Siamese breeding was carried out to try to produce a new type of pointed Siamese. The outcome in the F1 resulted in the desired pattern, but after backcross to another Siamese cat, they produced a second, unusually coated offspring in that second generation—a light spotted cat. This was an unexpected outcome. This cat looked a lot like an extinct Egyptian type cat. Other breeding programs were begun to replicate this combination of coat genes, so the breed now has a broad genetic base with the Dalai line being prominent.