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Oriental

Oriental Profile

Lifespan: 12-18 Years

Avg height: 20-25cms

Avg weight Female: 2.2-4.2 kg

Avg weight Male: 3.6-5.5 kg

Coat type: Short, sleek, fine coat.

Coat colours and body type: Oriental cats are small to medium build with long, lean bodies. Much like their Siamese ancestors, they have a wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped eyes and tall ears. They are essentially Siamese cats with different coat colours and patterning. The Oriental selves are single colour cats and may be white, black, brown (Havana) lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, red, cream, and apricot.  The second group of Orientals is made up of torties, smokes and shaded and come in a range of colours also.  The third group is the four patterns of Tabby (classic, spotted, ticked and mackerel). They commonly have heterochromia, where eyes are each different colours.   

Grooming required: Low - occasional brush.

Similar Breeds: Foreign White, Bengal, Abysinnians, British Shorthairs, Russian Blue, Korat, Tonkinese.

Health Profile: Dilated cardiomyopathy, amyloidosis, mediastinal lymphoma, mast cell cancer, bladder stones, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy.

Oriental temperament

This vocal breed is playful and similar in temperament to the Siamese. Orientals are known for being the life of the party. They are extremely energetic and social, and love being around people. They want to be part of the family and want to be everywhere you are. Both intelligent and curious, Orientals will find new things to play with and be the first one to answer the door. They do well with families, children and other pets. Orientals do not do well when left alone.