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Siamese

A popular variety that is perhaps most recognisable in the siamese cat, siamese mice were standardised in 1968.

I originally acquired siamese in 2018 when I started out but due to a number of factors, I ended up dropping them in favour of other varieties. Still, I loved this variety and, after being unable to get them out of my mind, eventually picked up another trio at the start of 2020, which was the foundation for all of my current siamese.

What I love most about these mice is how large, typey and magnificent they are when they are at their best. Siamese points take a while to develop and - in my experience - do not show their full potential until around 16 weeks, though darker individuals might be spotted earlier on, even in the nest.

My biggest aim is to keep a good level of shading over the rump - shading that gradually blends back darker into the tail, in addition to very dark points and good type. White feet, toes or even nails are a fault, and unfortunately they have the tendency to moult brown patches or shading at inconvenient times. This moulting can correspond with the temperature: with cooler temperatures exaggerating the points and warmer temperatures softening them.

I have found that they come in a variety of shades from anywhere such as a very dark beige body base (which is too dark for showing) to a light, creamy beige. In addition, some individuals turn up with lighter points and even ears, and almost a different tone to their body - something I suspect may be chocolate point, but haven't tested with any other chocolate based mouse yet. Regardless, those ones won't get bred from by me!