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Whether Shorthair or Longhair, Orientals are elegant members of the Siamese cat breed. Both types of Orientals include an endless range of colors and patterns. Besides its deceptively “delicate” bone structure, the cat looks as if it is “all ears.” Extremely attached to its human companions, this cat has a very outgoing personality, attempting to engage you in conversation or activity on a regular basis. The only difference between the shorthair and longhair varieties is the length of the coat. Otherwise, these cats are identical.
Orientals are intelligent, social animals that bond very closely with the people who adopt them. They are inquisitive, very friendly, emotional, sometimes demanding, and are often quite vocal. In fact, when they are happy, which is most of the time, their purring can trigger sympathetic vibrations, with a rumbling resonance of dramatic proportions!
With over 300 colors and pattern combinations, this cat is sure to please any preference or taste. They can be found in solid colors (white, red, chocolate, cream, ebony, blue, lavender, cinnamon, or fawn); smoke (white undercoat with any of the above except white); shaded (only the hair tips colored); parti-color (red or cream splashes on any of the above); tabby (mackerel/striped, ticked, spotted, and blotched/classic); and bi-colored (any of the above, with white).
The Siamese cat was imported to Britain from Siam (now Thailand) at the end of the 1800s with colors both solid and pointed. Since it is a recessive gene that controls color restriction to a pointed configuration, most of the cats of Siam were solid-colored. When the cats from Siam were intentionally bred, the pointed cats were eventually registered as Siamese, while the others were referred to as "non-blue-eyed Siamese" or “Foreign Shorthair.” Other breeds that were developed from the street cats of Siam include the Havana Brown and the Korat.
Oriental breeders met with initial resentment from Siamese breeders who were resistant at best to the idea of another Siamese-type hybrid, but, since the way had already been paved by breeders of the Colorpoint Shorthair (which gained CFA acceptance in 1964), the opposition didn't stop Oriental aficionados from moving forward. In 1972, the CFA accepted the Oriental Shorthair for registration, and granted full Championship status in 1977.
In the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), some of the pointed cats from Oriental Shorthair parents are considered as “any other variety” (AOV), and depending on the pedigree, some compete as Colorpoints. In TICA (The International Cat Association), as well as in the majority of worldwide cat associations, these cats are considered to be, and compete as, Siamese.
It was not until 1977 that the Oriental Shorthair was accepted for competition by the CFA. In 1985, the CFA recognized the bicolor oriental shorthair. The bicolor is any one of the accepted oriental shorthair color patterns with the addition of white to the belly, face, legs and paws.
Oriental Shorthairs, like all members of the Siamese breed, have distinctive almond-shaped eyes. Oriental Shorthair cats are sinewy yet muscular, but much stronger than their slender build suggests. The longhaired version of the Oriental Shorthair, the Oriental Longhair, simply carries a pair of recessive genes which affect hair length, resulting in an exquisitely flowing, long-haired coat.
The personality of the Oriental cat is as unique as its multicolored exterior. They are natural entertainers, full of enthusiasm, haughty and regal one minute, energetic and full of mischief the next. They are highly curious and will go to great lengths to be involved in whatever you are doing.
If you are too busy to pay attention to this cat, its feelings will be hurt. However, if given your full share of affection, Oriental cats will repay you with a lifetime of love, devotion, and witty conversation. Expect them to be at your side, in your lap, and waiting at the door for you to come home.
The breed's vocal tone is generally softer and milder than that of the Siamese. However, like their Siamese relatives, they are never at a loss for words... regardless of how erudite the subject.
The Oriental Longhair was developed in the late 1970s by breeders who crossed the Oriental Shorthair with the Balinese. The splendid result, the Oriental Longhair, is the newest addition to the long line of Siamese-type cats. Although currently rare, the breed is slowly gaining support and appeals to the cat lover who wants the elegant body type and personality of the Siamese, the wash-and-wear hair-style of the Balinese, and the unlimited choice of colors of the Oriental Shorthair. Whichever Oriental you prefer, this is a cat with a long, lean, graceful frame; adorable personality; decadently silky fur; and a full palette of colors to choose from.
Barron’s Enyclopedia of Cat Breeds