Native Country Exported From Thailand, Bred In Great Britain Other Names Foreign Shorthair, Oriental Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The Oriental Shorthair is a breed of domestic
cat, combining the Siamese body type with a diversity of coat colors
Breed Description Head: Long, can be inscribed in an
isosceles triangle. Straight profile without stop. The skull, seen
in profile, is slightly convex. Slender, well-formed muzzle. Long,
straight nose. Medium-sized chin. Eyes: Medium-sized, almond-shaped, set at a pronounced slant.
Separated by one eye-width. Emerald green or jade except in the
white Oriental Shorthair, which has blue eyes. Yellow or copper eyes
are accepted for red and cream coats. Note that the color may not be
acquired until the cat is one year old. Neck: Long, slender. Body: Long, svelte, slender, tubular. Narrow abdomen.
Fine-boned. Firm, long muscles. Paw: Long. Tail: Long and slender, even at the
base, tapering to a point. Coat: Hair is short, dense, fine, silky, lying flat. Four main
groups of varieties: - solid coats: solid color without stripes or
tabby markings. Pure white, ebony, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon,
fawn. - tortoiseshell coats and variants: orange, black, and
chocolate. - coats in which the base of the hair is dilute: smoke:
dilute color in a short band at the base. silver: pigmentation at
the hair tip (tipping). - tabby coats: blotched: broad stripes.
mackerel: narrow stripes perpendicular to the spine. spotted:
circular, evenly distributed spots. The spotted tabby Oriental
Shorthair, also called Maus, is often mistaken for the Egyptian Mau.
Between stripes and spots, agouti-type hairs with alternating dark
and light bands. Fault: Round, broad, excessively short head. Muzzle too short,
too broad. Presence of a stop or whisker pinch. Receding or massive
chin. Ears too small, too close together. Round, small eyes. Short,
massive body. Short legs. Heavy-boned. Rough coat.
History The Greyhound of cats Both originally from
Thailand, the Oriental Shorthair and the Siamese differ only in coat
and eye color. Some believe the Oriental Shorthair is the original
type, while the Siamese, a colorpoint Oriental Shorthair, is a
variety. Both breeds arrived in Great Britain in the late 19th
century. From 1920 to 1930, the Siamese was more popular than the
Oriental Shorthair, which did not interest breeders until after
1950. By crossing Siamese and European Shorthairs of different
colors, breeders successively obtained chocolate, white (Foreign
White), and blue Oriental Shorthairs. By 1968, American breeders
began breeding programs focused on an extreme morphological type
closely resembling today's Siamese, while the British preferred a
moderate type. The C.F.A. recognized the breed in 1972 as the
Oriental Shorthair. In 1994 it approved the Oriental Longhair, or
Mandarin. The Oriental Shorthair is not very common.
Behavior Like the Siamese, Oriental Shorthairs are very
lively, extraverted, proud, and captivating. They are sociable and
do not like being alone. These playful cats can tolerate children.
They are affectionate and often very possessive, even tyrannical,
toward their owner. Indifference is not acceptable to them. They are
"talkative" and have a loud voice. They have the temperament of a
hunter. Female cats are sexually precocious (entering puberty by 9
months) and have frequent heats. They are more prolific than average
for domestic cats. They are easy to groom, as weekly brushing is
Health Respiratory Infections, Extreme Sensitivities
to Anesthetics, Vaccines, and Pesticides, Heart Disease.