Lifespan: 15 - 20 years


Weight: 7 - 12 pounds

Oriental Traits

  • Lap Cat

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Intelligence

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Ease of Training

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Grooming Requirements

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Shedding

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Good with Children

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Good with Dogs

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Chattiness

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5

Oriental History

  • The breed's beginnings can be traced back to a baroness named von Ullman of Roofspringer Cattery in England. In 1950, she crossed a seal point Siamese with a Russian Blue. Several generations later produced the Oriental, a new breed with a Siamese body, but sporting a solid, rich, chestnut color.
  • In the United States, this breed was originally called the Foreign Shorthair. The name was changed to Oriental Shorthair at a meeting of breeders in New York City in the early 1970s.
  • Earned championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1977.

Oriental Behavior Concerns

  • Smart and social cats who enjoy close friendships with their favorite people.
  • Extremely outgoing, a feline extrovert.
  • Makes no apologies for being active or even rowdy.
  • Highly talkative and demanding.
  • Enjoys perching on high places, even on top of refrigerators or doors.
  • Benefits by being paired with another Oriental or breed equal in energy and intelligence.
  • Needs regular exercise to prevent from becoming bored and destructive.

Look of Orientals

  • Identified by its triangle-shaped head, almond-shaped, expressive eyes that slant upward, a sleek, tubular body and whippy tail.
  • Eye colors can be green, blue, or even odd (one blue and one green).
  • Resemble a feline version of a Greyhound or Chihuahua in color.
  • Comes in short and long length coats.
  • Short coat lies close to the body and feels silky to the touch.
  • Features a full color palette, the Oriental comes in more than 300 colors and patterns.

Grooming Oriental Cats

  • Easy-to-care-for coat can be kept looking its best by occasionally running a rubber cat brush through it.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Oriental

  • Usually can be free fed because they are so active and burn off excess calories.
  • Rarely at risk for being overweight.

Fun Facts of Orientals

  • By definition, Oriental Longhair is due to the presence of a pair of recessive longhair genes.
  • Orientals are deceptively muscular and they appear lighter than they actually are.

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