All Assur O’Poil cat breeds – Oriental Cat
. History and origins
A native of Thailand, the Oriental Cat was imported to Great Britain in the late 19th century.
However, he lived for many years under the shadow of his cousin, the Siamese. Until 1950, when the breed was reworked by a Welshman, which surprised him with its numerous color range.
The Oriental cat was officially recognized in 1976 in Great Britain.
The character of the coat with short, fine, silky and long hair from the Siamese differs only in the color of the coat and the color of the eyes.
. Character and competencies
The oriental cat has a hunter temperament and is very lively. He often seeks the touch and attention of his master, making him an exclusive cat.
Very social, Oriental does not understand solemnity. He is bewitching, proud and outgoing.
Like most cats, it adapts very well to the life of the apartment.
. Physical characteristics
● Average life expectancy: 10 to 13 years old
● Average height: 35 cm at the withers
● Average weight: 3 to 5 kilos.
The smooth but muscular frame of the Oriental cat makes it unique in its beauty. It is tapered and harmonious giving an effect of length and finesse. The coat is always very short but rigid and all colors, both uniform and tiger, except “colored” like the Siamese are allowed.
The ears are particularly long, the legs are long and slender, the front legs are slightly shorter than the hind legs. The head is triangular with a thin muzzle. The eyes are large, oval and almond shaped.
On the other hand, the body is proportionate and of medium height.
. Health and care
The oriental cat does not require any special maintenance. Admittedly, hair loss is small but his short hair makes for caution. Their nostrils should be carefully cleaned as they can sometimes become stuffed.
He is little subject to disease, but has an average life expectancy that is shorter than many of his feline counterparts.