This article is from the Traditional Siamese Breed FAQ, by Laura Gilbreath firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Traditional Siamese (aka Applehead Siamese) is one of the oldest
breeds of domestic cats. It preserves the look of the breed much as it
existed when originally imported from Siam - a muscular, athletic cat,
with round head and brilliant blue eyes and the striking contrast
between point and body color which characterizes the breed. They are
very calm, affectionate cats, typically healthy and long-lived - 15-20
years is average, and over 20 is not uncommon.