The Oriental Shorthair is essentially a Siamese hybrid first developed in England in the 20th century. It is comparable in body type to the Siamese but comes in many more colour and pattern changes. And yet it is not as communicative as the Siamese, the Oriental is still a fun buddy to have around the house.
“PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS of The Oriental Shorthair”
The Oriental Shorthair is long, slender and flexible with large ears and sharp almond-shaped eyes. It is one of the Siamese family; though, unlike the Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair comes in over 300 colours and patterns. Some of the popular styles include ebony, pure white, chestnut, and blue, while some popular patterns include solid, bi-colour, and tabby.
“PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT of The Oriental Shorthair”
The Oriental Shorthair is a temperamental cat that needs to be the centre of attraction. If ignored, it will become extremely sensitive and touchy, but extravagant an Oriental with love and affection the cat will return it in full measure. Besides adding colour to your life, this cat keeps you amused by showing interest in all that it does.
The Oriental is also a snooping creature, joining you in all your daily activities. It may be more soft-spoken as compare to the Siamese, but this cat affections to chat and is never too tired to strike up a “discussion.”
“HEALTH of The Oriental Shorthair”
The Oriental Shorthair mostly has good health, but there are the couple of serious conditions which plagues this breed, including protrusion of the cranial sternum and endocardial fibroelastosis.
“HISTORY AND BACKGROUND”
The Oriental Shorthair is usually from Siam. Siam, which is now called Thailand, is considered to have been the birthplace of many cat breeds, as well as the Siamese cat. Siam royalty exclusively treasured blue-eyed, colour-pointed cats, furnishing them with a life of luxury in their palaces. The exact year of the Siamese cat’s appearance in England is not certain, but by the late 19th century, many Siamese cats were introduced in local cat shows.
British breeders showed a profound interest in the Siamese body type but pursued a breed with a wider range of colours. These breeders would eventually develop the Oriental in the 1950s and 1960s by crossing the Siamese with British Shorthairs and Russian Blues. American breeders soon achieved their own form of the Oriental by crossing the Siamese with American Shorthairs and Abyssinians.
At first, the Oriental cat breeders faced strong disapproval from Siamese breeders who did not like the idea of another hybrid entering an already flooded market, but the Oriental would make rapid progress in reputation.
In 1972, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) accepted the Oriental Shorthair for registration and arranged full Championship status in 1977. Since it has become one of the most popular short-haired cats. In 1985, The International Cat Association offered Championship status to the long-haired version of the Oriental, and in 1988, the Longhair Oriental was acknowledged for registration by the CFA. Today, the CFA discusses both the Oriental Shorthair and Longhair breeds as the Oriental division.