The Oriental cat
The Look of a Oriental
Orientals have a strong, modern appearance. They have lanky bodies, wedge-shaped heads, and big ears.
More than 300 distinct colors and patterns are available for orientals. Solid hues include white, crimson, cream, black, blue, chestnut, lavender, cinnamon, and fawn. Aspects of the breed’s color palette include parti-colors and smoky colors.
Both short and longhaired Orientals are available. Longhair cats are said to be rare, while shorthair cats are much more frequent.
- Comes in both long and short coat varieties
- Very active and playful
- Affectionate and vocal
- Highly intelligent
Ideal Human Companion
- Families with older children
- Families with other pets
- Singles with other pets
- Experienced cat owners
What They Are Like to Live With
Siamese traits are frequently attributed to Orientals. They demand attention and are highly talkative and energetic. They enjoy socializing and playing, yet they typically form close bonds with just one person.
Things You Should Know
Orientals are very demanding and will meow loudly if they are not given what they want. They require regular contact with people as well as lots of playtime.
Cats of less energetic breeds may find Orientals annoying, so they should be matched with other Orientals or cats of energetic breeds.
The Oriental was created in England in the 1950s and 1960s by breeding Siamese with other Russian Blues and Domestic Shorthairs. By breeding Siamese, Abyssinians, and Domestic Shorthairs, American breeders developed their own version of this cat in the late 1960s. The outcome is the Oriental, which joined the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) for the first time in 1972. The Oriental breed is recognized by the CFA as existing in both short and longhaired forms.
The American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association (TICA) both recognize the Oriental, which is intended to have a Siamese body type and a solid-colored coat (ACFA). The Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair are two distinct breeds, according to both of these registries.
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