These excerpts are from the UK Singapura Cat Club.
"The Singapura is an alert, healthy, medium sized cat of foreign type. The
body has good bone structure and is moderately stocky and muscular, yet gives an
impression of great elegance. Females are usually smaller than the males, but
still feel heavier than they look. The strong slender legs taper to small oval
feet. The tail should be slender but not whippy. and should have a blunt tip.
Body colour is an old or golden ivory with a soft warm effect, ticked with sepia
brown. Each hair has at least two bands of sepia brown ticking, separated by
light bands — light next to skin, and dark tip. Muzzle, chest, stomach and inner
legs are an unticked light ivory colour. Singapuras should have some barring on
their inner front legs and back knees. The coat is short, fine, silky, and
The breed has noticeably large eyes and ears. Eyes are large, set not less
than an eye width apart, held wide open, but showing slant when closed or
partially closed. A dark outline to the eyes is desirable. Eye colour hazel,
green or yellow only. Ears are large, wide open at base, and deep cupped. The
outer line of the ears extends upwards to an angle slightly wide of parallel.
The head is gently rounded with a definite whisker break and a medium short,
broad muzzle with a blunt nose. In profile, the Singapura has a rounded skull
with a slight stop just below eye level. There must be evidence of dark pigment
outline on the nose. ‘Cheetah’ lines from the inner corner of the eye towards
just behind the whisker pad should be present.
The original home of the Singapura is the island of Singapore, with the breed
taking its name from the local Malay name for the island — meaning ‘Lion City.
The breed is the result of Mother Nature’s combination of genes indigenous to
Southeast Asia — both the brown as in
Burmese and the agouti or ticked pattern. The area is the highest epicentre
for the agouti gene, according to geneticist,
Neal Todd, who has published articles on the migration of feline genes. This
breed is the same colour as seal point cats or brown Burmese, but the difference
is the agouti coat pattern and how it interacts with the sepia brown."