Animals / Cats

Seychellois cat

Классификация по федерациям

Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation

История возникновения

British cat breeder Patricia Turner was inspired by reading the travel journals of explorers who spoke of an apparently native breed of cat with unique white patterned coat variations sighted in the Seychelles Islands.

In the 1980s, Patricia set out to recreate the appearance of the Seychellois cat by breeding bi-coloured Persians with Siamese and Orientals. Eventually she succeeded in creating a cat which fit the description, but the breed was slow to gain traction. In recent years though, bi-coloured Orientals and Siamese have enjoyed a surge in popularity and this has created renewed interest in the Seychellois breed.

Общий вид

Physical characteristics and temperament are very similar to modern type Siamese cats–blue eyes, wedge-shaped heads with large ears, elongated, slender, athletic, intelligent, curious, people-oriented, and playful. They do tend to be less vocal with softer voices than Siamese.


Head: long tapering wedge. Medium in size in good proportion to body. The total wedge starts at the nose and flares out in straight lines to the tips of the ears forming a triangle, with no break at the whiskers. No less than the width of an eye between the eyes.

Skull: flat. In profile, a long straight line is seen from the top of the head to the tip of the nose. No bulge over eyes. No dip in nose.

Ears: strikingly large, pointed, wide at base; continuing the lines of the wedge.

Eyes: almond shaped and slant towards the nose. The colour of the eyes is an important aspect of the breed as they must be a clear and brilliant blue.

Nose: long and straight. A continuation of the forehead with no break.


Body: medium size. Graceful, long, and svelte. A distinctive combination of fine bones and firm muscles. Shoulders and hips continue same sleek lines of tubular body. Hips never wider than shoulders. Abdomen tight.

Neck: long and slender.


Legs: long and slim. Hind legs higher than front. In good proportion to body.

Paws: dainty, small, and oval. Toes: five in front and four behind.


Tail: long, thin, tapering to a fine point.


Seychellois coats are available in three sub-types, which are determined by the degree of white patches resulting from the piebald gene. The white gene variation is graded from 1 (almost solid black) to 10 (almost solid white), and the degree of white is graded as 7, 8 or 9:

Septieme (French for 7th) is white with colour on the head, tail, legs and body

Huitieme (French for 8th) is white with colour on the head, tail and legs

Neuvieme (French for 9th) is white with colour on the tail and head only.




Weight — 2-4 kg.


Seychellois cats share many of the same personality traits as the Siamese. That is to say they are intelligent, extroverted and social. This is a people-oriented breed who enjoys the company of humans and develops warm and loving bonds with them. While they do enjoy a modicum of “me” time the Seychellois would much prefer to spend the majority of their time around their people – whether that be in your lap, on your table, or in your bed. However, while the Siamese are considered very vocal, the Seychellois tend to be a little quieter with a softer voice.

Содержание и уход

Like other Oriental cat breeds the Seychellois is a low maintenance cat with few known health issues. Longhaired varieties will need regular grooming to remove loose hair and prevent matting.

The Seychellois can be curious and inquisitive, so it’s wise to protect your valuables and your cat’s health by keeping precious or dangerous items locked in a cupboard away from mischievous paws.

Lifespan — 12-16 years.


Good for a big family. These cats love active games and want a lot of attention.

Сложность содержания

Love to dominate. React badly to staying alone.


Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the liver in Seychellois.

Asthma/bronchial disease.

Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis.

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