Oriental Shorthair: origins, characteristics and personality

Oriental Shorthair: origins, characteristics and personality

Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair is a sleek cat with a raspy voice and an opinion of his own. He is very fond of his people and will expect you to act according to his counsel.


The CFA breed profile for the Oriental Shorthair states that this breed has its foundation in the Siamese. The Siamese cat was already popular in Thailand and Europe. British breeders had a special interest in the Siamese but wanted to expand the range of colors.

In the 1950s and 1960s, these breeders eventually developed the Oriental Shorthair by crossing the Siamese with British Shorthairs and Russian Blues. This breed was frowned upon by Siamese breeders as they did not accept another variety in an already flooded arena. However, the Oriental still became pretty popular.

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Physical characteristics

This cat is long, slender, and with a flexible body. The head sports long ears and big almond eyes. The Oriental Shorthair is a member of the Siamese family; in fact, it is considered a Siamese but with over 300 different colors and patterns. The most popular ones include ebony, chestnut, pure white, blue and popular patterns include tabby, solid, and bi-color.


If you dare ignore this cat, he will become cranky, so he needs to be the center of attention. However, if you pay off the Oriental will love, you will receive full love in return. This cat is a great companion that will keep you entertained all the way.  He is inquisitive and will want to follow you perform all your activities.

Caring for an Oriental Shorthair

This cat is low-maintenance and his coat does can easily be cared for. You should brush it every two weeks to remove dead hair. They do not shed too much so you will not have cat hair issues.

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