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The Oriental Shorthair

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Feline 101 Blog Series

Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair Stats

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Cat of the Week: The Oriental Shorthair

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Oriental Shorthair Cats

Oriental Shorthair

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Fun Facts About Oriental Shorthair Cats

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  • The Oriental Shorthair is at once a modern and an ancient breed. While their prevalence in America today is due to British revival efforts in the 1950’s, and subsequent American revival efforts in the 1960’s, the breed can actually be traced back as far as the look-a-like, color pointed Siamese.
  • In the same book that first illustrates the Siamese, Tamra Maew (translates to Cat-Book Poems), written in Thailand sometime between 1350 AD and 1760 AD, there are images of solid black, gray, brown cats, as well as bi colored cats all with the same distinctive features of the Siamese.
  • In fact, while the pointed cats of Thailand may have been the favorite of royals there, the Oriental shorthair persisted and were among the first Thai cats to be imported to England.  It wasn't until show standards for Siamese cats were restricted to cats with blue eyes and color points that the Oriental Shorthair’s popularity began to decline.
  • Luckily, imaginative breeders who liked the idea of svelte cats in a wide range of colors and patterns, and didn’t mind hurdle of cat fanciers against them, saved the Oriental from disappearance. Careful breeding programs between Siamese cats and other shorthair cats such as the Russian Blue have resulted in the gorgeous Oriental Shorthairs we see today!
  • Oriental Shorthairs gained official CFA recognition in 1972 and were approved for Championship running in 1977.
  • More recently, a longhaired version of what is now referred to simply as the “Oriental” was accepted and given similar status as a branch of the Oriental line.
  • If you look up “Oriental Longhair” in the creative commons of flickr, what you get are no cats at all. (Fail job, Flickr.)

Oriental Shorthair Cats

Oriental Shorthair Cats

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How to Spot an Oriental Shorthair

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Statuesque Figure. To describe the overall appearance of the Oriental Shorthair, statuesque seems a choice word.  Official breed standards talk about their “flowing lines,” their “svelte figure, and their “lithe” musculature, and their “fine bones”. They look as though they had been sculpted, truly things of beauty.

Long, Wedge-Shaped Head.  The same high cheeks, long aquiline, Roman nose and long, flat head of the Siamese, belongs to Oriental Shorthair. It’s a matter of opinion of course, but to me, somehow this exotic bone structure looks even more striking on a solidly colored cat.

Large, Wide-Set Ears. Oh, those ears! Even newborn kittens normally having only the tiniest buds of ears, have them in this breed. Breed standards say their ears should be particularly wide at their base and continue with the line of their wedge shaped head.

Oriental Shorthair Kittens

Oriental Shorthair Kitten

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What to Expect from an Oriental Shorthair

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A Smarty Cat. And not JUST smart, Oriental Shorthairs are one of the smartest cat breeds around! If you’ve read my previous Feline 101 blogs, you’ll know what that means. On one hand, you’ve got a cat that’s a blast to play with, is actually capable of learning to fetch and walk on a lead, and is always pulling some crazy stunt. On the other hand, you’ve got a cat that thinks for itself (read: THEY decide when cuddle time happens.) and will find (potential destructive) ways of entertaining themselves if you don’t provide enough mental stimulation to satisfy them. To avoid this, take the time to play with them every day.

A Talkative Cat. While they tend to have a milder voice, like the Siamese, Oriental Shorthairs while are among the most talkative of cats. Not only will the tell you when their bowl is empty, they want some attention, or they need  help getting in or out, they’ll talk about nothing at all.

A Shadow. Among cats, there are three general categories when it comes to affection giving. There are “equal opportunity cats” that openly embrace new people in the home, and in fact, like to make the rounds receiving affection from each person in a room. There are “family cats”, which tend to shy away from newcomers, but love each person they know exactly the same and thenthere are the “special person cats,” the type that picks just one person they admire more than any other and completely devotes themselves to them.  Oriental Shorthairs fall into the last category. If they decide you are their special person, they will be your loyal shadow, following you wherever you go, wanting to be a part of everything you’re doing. Expect to have a cuddle buddy for life and to be greeted at the door each day when you come home.

Oriental Shorthair Cats

Oriental Shorthair

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More Oriental Shorthairs!!!

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Oriental Shorthair Kitten

Oriental Shorthair Kitten

Oriental Shorthair Cat

Oriental Shorthair Kitten

Oriental Shorthair Kitten

SOURCES

VetStreet: Oriental

Animal Planet: Cat Breed Directory: Oriental

The Cat Fanciers’ Association: Oriental Breed Profile

PHOTO CREDIT

Oriental Shorthairs of America: Laura Kent

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