Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair

Behaviour/Adaptability

Orientals are known to be the life of the party. They are extremely energetic and social and love to be surrounded by people. They want to be part of of the family and want to be everywhere. They are intelligent and curious, Orientals will sniff through your things, find new things to play with and be the first to open the door. be the first to open the door. They adapt well to families, children and other pets. Orientals do not do well when left alone.

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Oriental Shorthairs are friendly, intelligent and curious cats who love to be around people and other furry friends. Learn more about living with this striking breed. Oriental Shorthair cats don’t just walk into a room: They dominate it. From their large ears and angular faces to their long, lean frames, these impressive cats just seem aloof. Their friendly and affectionate personalities are anything but. Tina Gonzalez, proud mother of several Oriental Shorthair cats who have become bona fide YouTube and Instagram celebrities, describes a typical day: “You will be subjected to carrying them around the house and, of course, leaving your lap available at all times for snuggling and napping. Your bed is their bed and many love to sleep under the covers, so closing the door at night is not advised.” The smooth coat of the Oriental Shorthair makes grooming easier than its cousin, the Oriental Longhair. In addition, this large-eared breed tends to enjoy a longer life span: it is not uncommon for an Oriental Shorthair to live more than 15 years.
Although unusual in appearance and many may not be familiar with these felines, Oriental Shorthairs are not as rare as exotic cat breeds such as the Khoa Manee or the American Bobtail. Although you may find some kittens or Oriental Shorthair cats available for adoption, a reputable breeder is the most common route to bring one home. Although the Oriental Shorthair is technically a medium-sized cat, weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 kilos, its long, narrow build gives it a much taller presence, and also gives a clue to its history. The big difference between the two breeds? The incredible variation in colour and pattern. Oriental Shorthairs are available in virtually every shade from blue and lavender to ebony, and in patterns including tortoiseshell and smoke. And, as their name suggests, their coat is short, smooth and shiny when brushed regularly. And while a completely hypoallergenic cat is not exactly a reality, the short-haired Oriental may be a good option for some allergy sufferers, relieving sneezing and snot.
As if all this wasn’t attractive enough, the Oriental Shorthair has one of the most unforgettable faces you’ll ever see. Its wedge-shaped head creates an interesting distribution of facial features, with a long nose, almond-shaped eyes and prominent cheekbones. And on the top of the head? Big, erect ears reminiscent of a Chihuahua’s… or those of Dobby, the house elf from Harry Potter. “

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: Short, fine coat.
Colours & Body Type: Thanks to their Siamese lineage, Oriental Shorthairs have a striking wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped eyes, and tall ears. Oriental shorthairs are bred in various colours and patterns including cream, red, brown, lilac, and ebony. Patterns include tabby, bi-colour, smoke and shaded.
Grooming Needs: Low – occasional brush.
Similar Breeds: Foreign White, Bengal, Abysinnians, British Shorthairs, Russian Blue, Korat, Tonkinese.
Vital Stats:
Height: 20 to 25 cm
Weight – Female: 2.2 to 4.2 kg
Weight – Male: 3.6 to 5.5 kg
Health Profile: Dilated cardiomyopathy, amyloidosis, mediastinal lymphoma, mast cell cancer, bladder stones, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy.
Life Span: 15 to 18 Years

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