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PREOSSIA was established in January 1999, when two fanciers of the Old-Style Siamese decided that a club was needed for people interested in preserving the original native pointed cat of Thailand. They were not interested in the highly stylized and sculpted, dainty feline that most of the Siamese breed had become after a century of selective breeding. But neither were they interested in the opposite extreme, the American myth of a stocky, heavy-boned, roundheaded, fluffy "Siamese." They were interested in learning what the pointed cats native to Thailand were like in the present as well as in the past, objectively documenting the native cats, and finding a way to preserve them.
Before the end of 1999, the two had grown to a dozen. Fanciers of the old type of Siamese who had been associated with other clubs found in PREOSSIA a forum for open, objective discussion and a willingness to work with the mainstream cat fancy that they felt had been missing previously.
It was the dozen founding members of PREOSSIA who christened the club. In 1999, a PREOSSIA member, Beverly McGuire, was the first to suggest the name "Old-Style Siamese" as the official name of the breed as defined, promoted, and preserved by PREOSSIA. Old-Style Siamese had not previously been used in uppercase, as the formal name for any breed.
In 2000, PREOSSIA members, who at first were all Americans, discovered they had much in common philosophically with fanciers of the old Siamese in other countries.
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