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P R E O S S I A
~ PRestwick-Beresford Old-Style SIAmese ~
A breed preservation society
"There's no cat more beautiful than a healthy cat."
PREOSSIA is back. Yes, friends, we are back!
For those of you who don't know about PREOSSIA, it was the first club in the world to coin the term Old-Style Siamese as a formal name for the old type of Siamese that originated in Thailand. (The Old-style Siamese Club in the United Kingdom adopted the name Old-Style Siamese in 2000, a year after PREOSSIA, because their members had a great deal in common with ours and wanted to show solidarity with PREOSSIA.)
From 1999 to 2013, we were the champions of the Old-Style Siamese on the international stage. Our over-riding goal was to ensure the survival of our breed, which by the 1990s was facing either extinction by numbers or extinction by adulteration. (The latter is what we call the mixing of non-Siamese cats with true Old-Style Siamese, coupled with selective breeding for a look that is not correct or authentic.)
We did this by defining the breed through properly conducted, academic quality research. That research was both historical and genetic in nature.
We did this by finding and reading primary historical sources (such as the 1902 British official breed standard for the Siamese), by visiting Thailand, by obtaining DNA samples of Thailand's native cats, by working with Thailand cultural expert Martin Clutterbuck and with feline geneticist Leslie Lyons, and by our collective experience with the many varieties of Siamese cat all over the world
We did this by cutting away the confusion created by Western myths about our breed and using the things we all had learned from our work to reach a consensus and write a sound international breed standard.
We did this by seeking recognition for our breed, independent from the extreme style of Siamese currently shown in Western cat organizations.
We sought breed recognition from the world's third largest cat association, TICA, because it is truly international and, unlike other large associations, currently growing. We also chose TICA because of its genetics based registry and understanding of natural breeds. Through TICA, our European and American members could support the breed together, and we could use the remaining Western Old-Style Siamese as well as cats imported from Thailand to create a healthy gene pool and a promising future.
In 2010, TICA granted championship status to the Thai breed. In TICA, our Old-Style Siamese are called Thais. This is because the name Thai was adopted by many European registries circa 1990 for the old type of Siamese. (See our sections on the history of our breed.) However, the TICA breed standard clearly states that the Thai is the same as the Old-Style Siamese, and many of our cats transferred directly from the Siamese breed to the Thai breed in TICA when the Thai became a registration option. The remainder were direct imports from Thailand, which had to qualify as Thais in TICA via their import documents.
Many people refer to the Thai as the Thai Siamese. That makes perfect sense. The Old-Style Siamese is the Siamese that came from Thailand, which is the Thai Siamese.
By 2013, the Thai breed in TICA had passed through probationary championship to earn permanent championship status. At this time, it seemed as though all efforts on behalf of the breed could and should be done through TICA channels. All of our active members were also members of TICA and of the Thai Breed Section in TICA. The members had elected a breed committee in TICA.
As time has passed, however, it is apparent that there is a need, more than ever, for an Old-Style Siamese breed club independent of all the cat associations. This is a lesson that has been learned in other breeds. We have come to understand this little by little, too. The cat registries and the cat show system are vital for the survival of breeds. But when it comes to breed education on a larger scale, only an independent breed club can maintain a membership that works together on behalf of the breed. More than ever, we need provide clear and reliable information about our breed if it is to survive in this rapidly changing world.
We are currently updating the educational and other resources to be available on this website. For now, we highly recommend the following book. More than any other, it will help you understand the origin of the Thai Siamese in Thailand, as well as its subsequent development in Western countries. The book is published in Thailand. It can take some effort to obtain copies, but it's well worth that effort.
Siamese Cats: Legends and Reality, by Martin ClutterbuckThis 2004 book, a considerably expanded version of an earlier book by Mr. Clutterbuck, contains the first complete English translation of the 14th century Siamese Cat Poems. It also contains the first published, factual, detailed account of the evolution of Siamese cats in their ancient homeland and their place in ancient and modern Thai culture. Western myths about the cats are debunked, and the reader hears, for the first time, the Thai side of the story. A charming, enlightening, unique book by a university-trained expert in Asian cultures.
For more about the Old-Style Siamese and PREOSSIA:
TICA's Thai Breeders List
Note that TICA is currently revising their website design. They will keep adding breeders to the different breed sections as they gradually catch up with the mass of data not yet uploaded.
Click the links below to find out if PREOSSIA is the right club for you and about PREOSSIA services and activities:
The International Cat Association's Thai Breed Standard
This is the breed standard used internationally when showing Old-Style Siamese at cat shows. It is the ONLY breed standard for the "applehead" or old-fashioned type of Siamese that has been approved by a major cat association. We define a major cat association as a cat registry and cat show sponsoring organization that has reciprocity agreements (official standing) with hundreds of well established cat registries located in many different countries and on more than one continent.
Click the links below to learn more about Old-Style Siamese, their genetic traits, behavior, and care:Siamese Eye Colors from Whitish Blue to Navy Blue (see photos showing the full spectrum of Siamese blue eyes)
By Jamie, age 7,
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