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Oriental

Oriental
DB GD CH RISLANI BINDI (Cinnamon Oriental)

History

The Oriental is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the Modern Siamese.

While the breed's genetic roots are ultimately in Thailand, like the Siamese, it was formally developed principally in the US. According to the CFA breed profile, "Orientals represent a diverse group of cats that have their foundation in the Siamese breed."

The Siamese, in both pointed and solid colours, was imported to the UK from Siam (today, Thailand) in the latter half of the 1800s, and from there spread widely, becoming one of the most popular breeds. The gene that causes the colour to be restricted to the points is a recessive gene; therefore, the general population of the cats of Siam were largely self-coloured (solid). When the cats from Siam were 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 landrace cats of Thailand include the Havana Brown (which some breed registries classify as simply an Oriental Shorthair variant) and the Korat.

The Oriental Shorthair was accepted as an actual breed for championship competition in the US-headquartered Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) in 1977. In 1985, the CFA recognized the bi-colour variant.

Two decades later, the breed was finally recognized by the UK-based Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in 1997, but with some differences from CFA on coat conformation. GCCF publishes separate breed registration policies for a number of specific-coat Oriental Shorthair variants today.

The Germany-based World Cat Federation (WCF) recognises the breed, but with colour requirements that are comparatively unrestrictive in some way, but notably opposed to white ("All colours and patterns without white and without points are recognized.")

In the CFA, some of the point-coloured offspring from Oriental Shorthair parents are considered "any other variety" (AOV), but depending on the pedigree, some may compete as Colourpoints. In The International Cat Association (TICA) and many other cat fancier and breeder associations, these cats are considered to be, and compete as, Siamese, when recognised at all.

Appearance

The Oriental Shorthair is a member of the Siamese family of breeds, and can be found in various solid colors, and patterns such as smoke, shaded, parti-color/tortoiseshell, tabby and bicolor (any of the above, with white). Not all variants are acceptable to all organizations that recognize the breed.

Conforming Oriental Shorthairs, like any of the Siamese type, have almond-shaped eyes and a wedge-shaped head with large ears. Their bodies are typically "sleek" but muscular.

The long-haired version of the breed, the Oriental Longhair (recognized since 1995 by CFA), simply carries a pair of the recessive long hair genes.

Coat Patterns

In total, over 300 coat colour and pattern combinations are possible under CFA conformation rules. The basic types include:

    Solid: The coat colour is uniform across the entire cat. Each hair shaft should be the same colour from root to tip, and be free of banding and tipping. CFA-acceptable colours for this breed are red, cream, ebony, blue, lavender, cinnamon, fawn and white.[2] The corresponding GCCF colours are (respectively) red, cream, brown, blue, lilac, chocolate and apricot (white is not permitted as the base colour in GCCF, and WCF does not permit white at all).
     Shaded pattern: Will have a white undercoat with only the tips being coloured CFA and GCCF recognize this. Other breed registries call this the chinchilla pattern.
     Smoke pattern: The hair shaft will have a narrow band of white at the base which can only be seen when the hair is parted. This white undercoat to any of the above solid colours (except white, of course) is provided by an interaction of two different genes. CFA and GCCF recognize this.
     Parti-colour: Has patches of red and/or cream, which may be well-defined blotches of colour, or marbled. This colour pattern is referred to as tortoiseshell (or "tortie" for short) in non-pedigreed cats by CFA, and this alternative term is used by GCCF and organizations for pedigreed cats as well.
     Tabby coat pattern: Recognised by GCCF and CFA. Each hair shaft should have a band of colour around the middle of the hair shaft. GCCF recognizes four variants of tabby: classic, mackerel, spotted and ticked.
     Bi-colour pattern: Recognised by GCCF and CFA. The bi-colour pattern is created by the addition of a white spotting gene to any of the other accepted colours/patterns. The cat will have white on its belly, on the legs/paws, and in an inverted "V" on the face. WCF does not permit this variant, as it is opposed to white in this breed.

Temperament

Orientals have a very similar temperament to the Siamese.

They are social, intelligent, and many are rather vocal, with the same "meezer" loud, low-pitched voice of the Siamese.

They often remain playful into adulthood, with many enjoying a good game of fetch. Despite their slender appearance, they are extremely athletic and can, and often do leap up onto high places. They prefer to live in pairs or groups and seek human interaction.

Unlike the breed's blye-eyed forebear, Orientals are usually green-eyes.

There are both shorthair and longhair varieties of Oriental.

General Health

The general health for the Oriental cat is very similar to that of the Siamese.