Oriental

Oriental CatThe Oriental cat is essentially a Siamese cat without the color point markings that breed is known for.  As the Siameses color points are the result of a gene defect, Oriental cats are the same breed without the defective gene.

Oriental cats are mid-sized, with long, slender bodies and tapered tails.  Orientals are sleek and lithe, and surprisingly muscular, with large ears and wedge shaped, triangular heads.  The Oriental cat comes in almost every coat color and pattern imaginable, with over 300 possible variations.  Solids, bi-colors, tabbies, and more.  Their almond shaped eyes can be a variety of colors, though only solid white Orientals have blue eyes.

The Oriental shorthair was deliberately created by cat fanciers in the 1950s and 1960s who were intrigued by the idea of a cat with the appearance and personality of a Siamese with other coat colors and patterns.  The Oriental cat was not recognized as an official, competitive breed until 1977.  The Oriental longhair cat was developed by breeders in the 1970s, and is also known as the British Angora.

Orientals are a very social and intelligent breed.  Like the Siamese they are inquisitive, outspoken and somewhat demanding cats who want to bond and be involved.

Oriental Shorthair Cat