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.