Section 4 – FOREIGN – Group 1
The Singapura is an alert, healthy, medium sized cat of foreign type, with noticeably large eyes and ears, which comes in one colour only – but what an ethereal colour! Large celadon eyes twinkling with mischief in an angelic face help the Singapura reach out and capture the imagination while stealing the heart.
These delightful delicate-looking cats, dressed in the colours of the old sepia photographs, are into everything looking up at you with big innocent eyes when you find them engaged in some mischief. No matter what, the combination of those eyes and their enchanting personality quickly has you forgetting their antics and revelling in their affection. The Singapura is the smallest breed of cat but is an energy-packed companion that wants to help you with everything you do.
The Singapura, whose name is Malaysian for Singapore, originates from Singapore in South East Asia where the ticked coat pattern and dark brown colour are a common local combination recognised as the original gene pool for ticked tabbies. The modern Singapura reputedly stems from four cats brought back to America from Singapore in 1975 by Tommy Meadow. Some people suspect that the breed may have originated from a cross between Burmese and Abyssinians, both of which Mrs Meadow had owned. The first Singapura was imported into Britain in 1989 and they are now rapidly increasing in popularity as show cats and pets.
The Singapura’s coat consists of a rich warm sable brown ticking against an old ivory background. Their huge brilliant eyes range in colour from celadon green through hazel or gold to copper offset by dark mascara markings and facial lines. A tabby M appears on the forehead and there are bars on the inside of the front legs and on the knees of the back legs, underscoring the delicate colouring. Singapuras are the smallest breed of cat and do not develop their full size until they are almost two years old. Vets who are unfamiliar with the breed may be concerned that there is something amiss given a kitten’s small size but there is nothing wrong.
The impish Singapura is a curious, extroverted little cat that craves attention and just has to help you with everything you do. They are intelligent and their interactive personalities are one of their most endearing attributes. These inquisitive minxes are into everything and are definitely not a four-paws-on-the-floor cat, much preferring to be high on your shoulder or on top of the kitchen cabinets so they can have a bird’s eye view of everything that is going on. They are affectionate cats that love to be with people, whether that be curled in a lap or snuggled up in the bed at night. They dislike the cold and wet and love living indoors in the warm. Lively and active, the Singapura is a gentle playful cat with a soft, gentle voice that also gets on well with other cats. Perhaps it is their kittenish looks and ways or perhaps it is the shining innocence in their eyes but somehow the Singapura has a magical presence that enchants all with whom it comes into contact, from people to other animals.
The Singapura’s short, dense and glossy coat does not require a lot of grooming but they do enjoy being groomed. SIngapuras are small cats with little size difference between the males and the females – males weigh 6 to 8 lbs while females weigh 5 to 6 lbs. The average life expectancy of the Singapura is about 9 to 15 years.
Singapuras are a tough, sturdy breed of cat, perhaps because of their possible roots as Singapore street cats. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) has been identified in the breed, as has Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency.