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Oriental Longhair

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The Oriental Longhair cat breed is the semi-longhaired variety of the Oriental Shorthair. Like the other Oriental breeds, the Oriental Longhair has the slender body of the Siamese. Oriental Longhair kittens are available in an incredible variety of solid and tabby colors, similar to the Oriental Shorthair.

The Oriental Longhair personality is interactive, extremely social, loving, and inquisitive -- a true "party cat". They should not be left alone for long periods of time and should have other cats as playmates and company.

The Oriental Longhair in the United States is the latest in the group of Siamese-derived breeds of the Oriental body type, originating from an accidental mating of a Balinese and Oriental Shorthair in the 1980s. It was accepted as a division of the Oriental breed by CFA in 1995.

In Great Britain, this breed is known as the Angora, not to be confused with the Turkish Angora, which is a separate breed. In Europe, Oriental Longhairs are called Javanese or, if brown, longhaired Havana Browns. These cats do not necessarily have the same origins, which can cause considerable confusion.

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Associations: The Oriental Longhair breed is recognized in CFA and TICA.

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