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The Singapura: A Rare Cat Breed

The Singapura, named for its origin in Singapore, was started by Tommy and Hal Meadow in 1975 by breeding some ticked (dark coloring in specific areas alternating with a solid light-colored ivory coat) cats they had while they were in South East Asia, along with a blue Burmese and a sable Burmese they had when they were transferred to Singapore. Their breeding program was created consulting with a British geneticist, eventually eliminating the recessive gene for solid brown color from the breed. In 1988 a breeder named Gerry Mayes brought back some more foundation cats from Singapore to register with TICA. This rare breed has a loyal following, that continues to grow. The International Cat Association accepted the Singapura for championship competition in 1979. read more