Photo by russellhow

Singapura - Breed Profile:

Origin: Singapore
Colors: Sepia Agouti
Size: Small
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Singapuras want to be everywhere. There are very curious. Well, but what did you expect? Anything with big eyes and big ears has to take in a lot of information.

A tiny, warm, satin-coated heating pad. That is a Singapura in your bed. But if you do not wake up in time, your face will be patted with a soft paw, or your eyelids will be washed, or your nose will be polished. This is the way Singapuras mark you as theirs.

Physical characteristics

The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds. Singapuras are compact, small to medium size cats with a stocky and muscular body. The ears are large and slightly pointed. The eyes are almond shaped and large, too. In fact, the unique ears along with the fabulous eyes are the main characteristic of this breed. Singapuras' tail is rather slender; it is a bit shorter than the length of the body and has a blunt tip. The neck is short and thick. The chin is well-developed and rounded. The muzzle is medium or short in length; it is broad with a blunt nose. An adult female weighs 5-6 pounds whereas an adult male weighs 6-8 pounds.

Temperament

Active, curious, independent, intelligent, and playful. They will beat you to the dining table, and will sit on the kitchen counter just to see what you are doing there. Besides, the warmest place in the house is... theirs!! So if you want a cat that stays off the kittchen counter, do not ever get a Singapura. They will easily open any drawers, and you will not even have time to figure out how they do that. Well, but what did you expect? Anything with big eyes and big ears has to take in a lot of information. Apparently, that is why they love to observe their realm from higher spots in the house. A newspaper will become a wonderful place for Singapuras to sit on, especially if you are trying to read it. In other words, these cats are into everything and thus may become a real pest. But once you get a Singapura, you will always want to have one in the house.
Photo by Shawn Gorrell. Singapuras love to observe their realm from higher spots in the house.

Coat and grooming

The coat is very short and fine. The coat pattern is ticked tabby with some alternating bands of light and dark color. Singapuras are supposed to be only one colour, the sepia agouti, described as "dark brown ticking on a warm old ivory ground color". As the coat is short, grooming requirements are little.

Health

Generally, Singapuras are healthy. However, some breeders are concerned about the genetic diversity of the breed due to inbreeding. An average life span for a well cared for cat is about 12-15 years.

Other interesting facts

This is a natural breed that was imported from Singapore to the USA in the 1970s. However, it is known that originally the cat was imported from the USA to Singapore, and then was imported back to America.