- Breed Size:
- Height: 22-27 cm
- Weight: 3-5 kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: Thailand, United States
Lithe and muscular, the Oriental shorthair is a svelte cat. They are incredibly fond of their humans. Oriental have pretty pleasing personalities, and they are very friendly by nature. They are always ready for a nap and some quick snuggle. Although they have an unusual look that is quite different from other cat breeds, they can capture hearts right from the first interaction. Oriental is helpful and likes to follow their humans everywhere they go.
This highly athletic cat breed is a medium-sized cat with a narrow and long body frame. If you closely observe, you will find the body structure matching with the Siamese cat. They have delicate bones and firm muscles with a cylinder and long neck. The head is long with proportion to its body, with straight lines to the tips of the ears forming a triangle. The ears are broad with large and pointed lines.
The Oriental shorthair cat has beautiful almond-shaped eyes with beautiful colors of green, white-blue, green, bi-color blue, or odd-eyed. The legs are slim with tiny paws. You will find an Oriental in medium length hair available in the color of smoke bicolor, tabby color pointed with white and over different color and pattern combinations.
The Oriental is a talkative cat and never shies away from putting forth their opinion. The cat has a loud and raspy voice but is never irritating. Just like they enjoy talking, the Oriental is also a very social being. They are brilliant and love to be around people and other people alike. Oriental is also affectionate towards kids and can be great play pals. However, proper socialization and observation are recommended when you allow your kids to play with your Oriental. Provided, you should always teach your kids to be gentle with their pets.
Oriental is always in the play’s mood and explores, so bringing them new toys helps them keep engaged. They are also tolerant toward other pets and cats. That said, you should introduce them properly at an early stage. Your Oriental will crave attention and will do their best to be in the limelight. As agile as they are, Orientals are smart and are fully capable of opening doors and drawers, which is why you should never leave your Orientals alone.
Oriental is very low in obedience which is why you should be patient while training them. Positive reinforcement and rewards are your tools. Oriental shorthairs are not recommended for chaotic households, and they hate being left alone. These social butterflies enjoy the company and can be troubled by separation anxiety when left alone for a more extended period.
Oriental shorthair is a relatively new breed that was developed sometime in the 1950s. When English breeders began crossing household cats with the Siamese, there was a decline in the Siamese population after World War II. The Oriental shorthair didn’t make their mark until the 1970s. It was in popularity after arriving in the United States. The Cat Space Fancier’s Associations recognized the cat in 1977.