|The Oriental Shorthair is, like her close relatives the
Siamese, Balinese and Oriental Longhair (also called
Javanese), a cat with oriental type:
a very elegant, graceful and slender cat.
The Oriental Shorthair is of medium size, her body is
slender and long, yet with a very well developed muscle strength, which is
quite hard and firm. The legs are high (long) and slender with fine oval
paws. The boning is fine and delicate.
The head builds a long wedge which tapers to a fine muzzle. The nose is
absolutely straight and long. The jaws are fine built. When viewing the head
in profile a long straight line can be seen, which starts at the top of the
head and continues straight to the tip of the nose. When viewing the head
from the front side the outer edges of the head build a long triangle.
The skull is not supposed to be flat, it is rounded, as if the cat would
wear a round helmet.
The neck is long, slender and graceful, thus emphasizing the elegant lines
of the Oriental Shorthair.
The eyes are almond in shape and slanted to the base of the ears. In all
colour is of an impressing green colour. This combination between the almond
shape and the oblique placement of the eyes emphasizes the oriental
appearance of this cat.
The ears are very large, very wide at their base, thus completing the
triangular shape of the head and continuing the outer lines of the head.
The coat is extremely short, very fine and lies sleek to the body. When you
stroke the coat you get the feeling of pure silk. Oriental Shorthair exist
in all colours. This contrast between the coat colour and the
green eyes makes this breed very attractive.
The tail is very long, rather thin and tapers to its tip.
Traum von FF Okonor, Ebony
|Oriental Shorthair exist in many colours:
- black, blue. The black Oriental Shorthair is also called Ebony.
- chocolate and lilac. The chocolate Oriental Shorthair is also called
Havana, while the lilac Oriental Shorthair is called Lavender.
- red and cream
- cinnamon and fawn
- tortie, i.e. with tortie patches (patches are red in black, chocolate
and cinnamon cats, and patches are cream in blue, lilac and fawn cats), all colours as mentioned above
- and all these colours exist also with tabby pattern - blotched,
mackerel, spotted and ticked, f.e. blue mackerel, black ticked, red
- all these colours exist also with silver as Smoke or as silver tabby,
f.e. black smoke, chocolate smoke, tortie smoke, red silver spotted, blue
silver ticked, bluetortie silver mackerel, etc.
- all these colours can be also with white, f.e. black and white, red
and white, blue blotched with white, etc.
Vienna Blue Vasin, lilac spotted
Ch. Traum von FF Havanna, chocolate
Int.Ch. Silver Fox' Rhea, black silver spotted
Breeder Wendel Stoop
The Oriental Shorthair is the full coloured version of the Siamese, and is a
man-made breed. Amongst the early Siamese there were also self coloured
cats, which were vetoed from the Siamese breeding programme by the English
Siamese Club in 1920. Before World War II existed already black and blue
Oriental Shorthairs in Germany.
The early Oriental Shorthair in England was a result of cross breeding
between Siamese and domestic cats and Russian Blues, they were given quite
unique colour names, like Ebony for the black Oriental Shorthair, Chestnut
Brown Foreign Shorthair for the chocolate Oriental Shorthair, which had been
registered in 1958 by GCCF as Foreign Shorthair, and was later on in 1970
called Havana. Those Havana were exported to the USA, where they only
retained the green eye colour and the chocolate brown coat colour, their
body type became heavier and more cobby, which are now registered in the US
as a separate breed, called Havana. Today over half of their descendants are
self or bicolour Oriental Shorthair, and fewer than a quarter are Siamese
Nianguaview Kansas Tornado, black and white
Sphinx Aradia, chocolate tortie spotted
Zos Kia cattery
Oriental Shorthairs are talkative cats, they can get quite loud sometimes. Females,
which are in heat, and lonely studs can cry with an ear splitting voice. The
Oriental Shorthair loves to communicate with her owner. They are active cats, who like
to play. If they feel lonely without any playmate, they create one, and
anything will be dedicated to become their playmate. Oriental Shorthairs like to jump
quite high, but they keep their balance between the narrowest things with
great elegance, thus disrupting or disturbing very seldom something.
Oriental Shorthairs are no outdoor cats, they like a cosy warm place. They like to sleep on top of
radiators, the television or the computer, or anything which creates heat.
They love their owners and demand attention and affection, they enjoy
riding on their shoulders or cuddling on their knees, or to cuddle in bed
under a warm blanket.
These extremely intelligent cats make very good companions for people, who
like to have constant companionship. Oriental Shorthairs will follow you, wherever you
go, if you sit down, they will sit on your lap, if you eat, they will sit
besides you on the chair, without being demanding or begging for food, if go
to bed, they will enjoy to sleep in your bed with you. With Oriental
Shorthairs you will have a very attractive companion and they will be your
friends for a life time.
Oriental Shorthairs require little grooming. Rubbing their coat with chamois skins will
remove dead hears and will produce a silk-like glistening coat.
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