Small to Medium
4 to 8kg.
Blue, chestnut, cinnamon, cream, ebony, fawn, lavender, red and white, plus various patterns and shadings
Intelligent, affectionate, and talkative, Orientals have a vivacious personality and a kitten-like love of playing that lasts throughout their lives. From catnip mice to cardboard boxes, they love to play with toys, and many of them are enthusiastic fetchers.
This devoted, people-oriented feline may form a close bond with one person, but Orientals may also enjoy being around children, other cats and even dogs. Because of their love of activity and company, Orientals are not ideal single pets.
With their long, lean, graceful bodies and extraordinarily long necks, Orientals look every inch the feline athlete. In relation to their dainty heads, their ears are remarkably large.
Oriental Shorthairs have a short, glossy coat, while Oriental Longhairs have a semi-long coat.
As a breed, Orientals are generally healthy. However, as members of the Siamese breed family they can be prone to health issues including an inherited neurological defect that causes crossed eyes; hereditary liver amyloidosis and dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that reduces the heart’s ability to contract.
Bladder stones and mast cell cancer have also been seen in this breed.
Orientals will generally thrive on the nutrition of a quality adult cat food. For Orientals who need help with weight management, consider a healthy weight formula.
Oriental kittens should eat a kitten food for their first year of life to aid in their growth and development.
While there have been written mentions of a solid color Siamese cat as early as the late 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that purposeful development of a recognized Oriental breed began. Breeders in Europe started selectively breeding them by crossing Siamese with Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, Abyssinians and domestic shorthairs, in order to increase the gene pool.
The CFA recognized the Oriental Shorthair in 1977, and the Oriental Longhair was officially added to the breed registration in 1995.
The Oriental breed has two coat varieties, shorthair and longhair, both of which can appear in the same litter.
The Oriental Longhair actually has a medium-length coat and is considered rare.