The Oriental Shorthair Cat

The Oriental breed was developed from the Siamese breed. From 1920 to 1930 the Siamese breed were more popular than the Oriental breed. Breeders only started to show an interest in the Orientals after 1950’s. The Oriental breed got recognized by CFA in 1972.

They are found in almost all known combinations of feline colours and patterns. Their eyes may vary from copper to green depending where they are registered and show. The Pointed Bicolours have blue eyes. Orientals can have odd eyes where one eye is green and the other eye blue.

The Oriental cat is a well-balanced animal, the head must be wedge-shaped, long and well proportioned. The wedge starts at the tip of the nose and flares out in straight line to the tips of the ears, forming a triangle. The ears are large and pricked, wide at the base. The eyes must be oriental shape and the body medium in size, long, svelte and elegant. The legs proportionately slim, hind legs slightly higher than the front legs. The tail must be long, tapering and whip-like. The coat short and fine in texture, glossy and close lying.

Orientals mature early and breed well, producing larger than average litters of strong healthy kittens.

The personality of the Oriental is identical to that of the Siamese. The Oriental, just as Siamese, is extroverted, curious and energetic. They don’t like to be left alone. They adore their human and animal companions. There is never a dull moment with them, they like to play fetch and are very loyal to their owners. Their temperament is like a hunter and they are athletic. They like to sleep on their owners lap and to cuddle with them in bed. They’re loyal, intelligent and friendly.

Article Written By:

Natasja van Antwerpen of African Catz Cattery: Siamese & Orientals

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