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Oriental Shorthair

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Oriental Shorthair cats are like the Siamese in body type and personality. The two breeds share long, fine-boned legs and tails, tubular bodies, wedge-shaped heads and large ears.

The Oriental Shorthair breed was created in the 1970s to create a Siamese-type cat with a wider variety of colors and patterns, not restricted to colorpoint patterns. Some Oriental Shorthairs do come in pointed varieties. These pointed cats cannot be shown in all associations; in some other associations, pointed Orientals are shown as Siamese. The Oriental Shorthair was accepted for championship status in 1977 by CFA.

Like the Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair personality is an outgoing and people-oriented. They are talkative, playful, acrobatic, and energetic. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time and should not be an "only child".

Interesting breed fact: Oriental Shorthair kittens are available in the widest array of colors and patterns of any breed. In fact, Oriental Shorthairs are sometimes nicknamed "Ornamentals" because they can be bred in over three hundred posssible color and pattern combinations.

Associations: The Oriental Shorthair is accepted in all major cat registries. Acceptance of certain colors and patterns for championship status varies from association to association.

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