The Singapura is a naturally occurring breed whose history begins in Southeast Asia. Hal and Tommy Meadow first brought the cats to the United States in the 1970s. The Meadows began a breeding program to establish the Singapura in this country and by the end of the decade the cats had been officially recognized. In 1991, their native country of Singapore named them a living national treasure.
Singapura is a mischievous, playful, and adoring breed. They are packed with energy and enjoy running, jumping, climbing, and playing with people or on their own. They make faithful companions, following their favorite humans from room to room and trying to be involved with all the activity of a busy household. Though they spend most of their time engaged in play and exploration, they are also always ready to cuddle. They make wonderful companions for humans as well as other cats.
The Singapura is one of the smallest breeds of domestic cat, with females weighing 5 to 6 pounds and males weighing 6 to 8 pounds. Though small, their bodies are powerful. Their large ears and innocent green or hazel eyes on a rounded head help create the breed’s characteristic impish face, which allows them to get away with so much mischief. Their tails are short and blunted at the tip.
Singapura are a shorthair cat noted for their their ticked tabby coats, which are available only in “sepia agouti” (a warm sable brown) ticking against an ivory background. They often have dark mascara markings near their eyes.