The man made breed; Oriental was developed to explore all the possible colours and varieties of the Siamese group. It first originated in 1950s in England. After the World War II, breeders and breeding cats were reduced. Later, breeding programs again kick started and the crosses between Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, Abyssinians, and regular domestic and Siamese. This resulted in a new breed called Oriental. The resultant was pointed so it was made to cross back with Siamese resulting in non-pointed breed with many colours. All got grouped under Siamese. In 1970s Oriental was taken to United States where many more colours were created.
Not only the beautiful colours that Oriental longhairs are blessed with amazes a person but also the multifaceted personality awes everybody. Orientals are very playful, energetic and the best, entertaining cats! They love being outdoors rather than indoor. A special quality that Orientals possess worth mentioning is; they get attached to one particular person among the other people at home. It would feel depressed when away from that person for long.
- Activity level: 4/5 (very energetic, activity level is very high)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (very intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3.5 (quite curious)
- Friendliness: 3.5/5 (quite affectionate and love to follow people)
- Vocal: 4/5 (very talkative)
With an amazing array of colours and sleek-slender body, Oriental Longhair appears an attractive catch for cat lovers wishing to take home one. They are generally not large but have a long tail. All in all, the perfect impression that they make on a person is that of elegance and graceful. They are naturally made to run and dance. The major characteristic specifications of Orietntal Longhair are:
- Fur: Available in 281 coat colours. Contrary to its name, the Oriental longhair’s coat is a medium sized one. It does not get tangled and hence, does not require rigorous grooming.
- Eyes: Most Oriental Longhairs have green eyes. It is the only respect in which Orientals do not resemble Siamese.
- Body structure: Orientals are long, slender and graceful bodied.
- Facial features: Wedge shaped head, triangular ears.
- Weight: Since Oriental Longhair is a medium sized cat, it weighs between 5 to 5 to 10 pounds.
Oriental Longhair like the Siamese family has been recorded with various incidences of health issues. Some of them include the following:
Nystagmus (causing rapid eye movement) and crossed eyes are the eye problems that Oriental Longhair can face. Amyloidosis, a disease in which a particular type of protein- amyloid gets deposited in an organ (liver, mostly). The veterinarian will perform Urinalysis as a diagnostic test for the disease.
Brush the teeth daily to prevent periodontal disease. Check ears weekly and wipe the corners of the eyes to remove discharge, if any. Keep the litter box clean and maintain the hygiene for the cat. Keep it indoors to prevent it from vehicles and predators.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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