oriental has the elongated foreign type of the Siamese. It is an
elegant breed, which should be well balanced, muscular in appearance,
with long graceful limbs, a slender neck and a long, whip like tail
that is free from any kink or defect. Their coat should be short, fine
textured, glossy and close lying. They have large ears with width
between the ears narrowing down to a fine muzzle and forming a balanced
triangle, the head is wedge shaped.
Oriental Longhair (Angora), the semi longhaired version
of the Oriental, should have a free flowing, silky coat, and is
recognised in all the same colours and coat patterns as the Oriental.
They come in over 200 different colours, patterns, and colour schemes.
Including shelf (Havana), non shelf (Tabbies), Shaded,
Silvers (Smoke and Tabby) and a variety of patterns. From the
earliest days of breeding, kittens of a different colour would appear
in Havana litters. These were a pale grey colour, and became known as
the Foreign Lilac (Oriental Lilac). Other solid colours soon followed,
Oriental Blacks, Blues, Whites and the newer colours, such as Caramel,
Fawn, Cinnamon, Red and Cream.
Orientals are very intelligent, and love to be part of the family.
Playing games with bouncy balls, catnip mice, and
feathers. They are attention seekers, and can be very
extroverted, especially the Torties, and
love to vocalise.
They are very easy to groom, a weekly brush with a soft brush or daily
hand grooming will keep their coats, free from dirt and keep it glossy
and smooth. Grooming from kitten hood, will strengthen the bond between
you and your cat. Even the Angora, with its semi
longhaired coat is a lot easier to groom than a Persian.
Orientals are full of energy, and love to play chase, and will retrieve
small balls, but if left alone for any length of time, they can become
bored very quickly.
Orientals are very loyal, loving and demonstrative, and can forge
strong bonds to their owners.