An Oriental cat is a beautiful long, tall and elegant cat with a wedge shaped head with large ears that fit the wedge of the head. They have vivid green eye colour the deeper the better. Oriental cats are closely related to the Siamese cat and so have a very similar appearance though Oriental cats are not pointed and do not have blue eyes (with the exception of the Pointed Bicolours).
Oriental Colours and Breed Numbers
There are currently over two hundred different combinations of Oriental colours and patterns. Oriental Cat Breeder have decided to split them into the following sections and display some example photographs in each section.
- Oriental Shorthair (Selfs) including Foreign White (found on this page)
- Oriental Bicolours (link to follow)
- Oriental Shorthairs (Non-Selfs) including Torties, Smoke, Tabbies and Shaded (link to follow)
- Oriental Longhairs (link to follow)
General Type Standard
(except Foreign Whites)
The Oriental should be a beautifully balanced animal with head and ears carried on a slender neck and with a long svelte body supported on fine legs and feet, with a slender whipped tail, free from abnormalities. The body, legs, feet, head and tail should all be in proportion, giving a well balanced appearance. The expression should be alert and intelligent. The cat should be in excellent physical condition.
Head and Neck: Head long and well proportioned with width between the ears and narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle and forming a balanced triangle with no break or pinch at the whiskers. The head and profile should be wedge shaped, neither round nor pointed, avoiding exaggerated type. In profile the nose should be straight, free from any stop or dip, and the chin should be strong with a level bite. The tip of the chin should line up with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane. The neck should be long and slender.
Ears: Large, pricked and wide at the base with their setting continuing the lines of the wedge. Large, pricked and wide at the base with their setting continuing the lines of the wedge.
Eyes: Oriental in shape and slanting towards the nose with good width between. No tendency to squint.
Body: Medium in size. Long and svelte with a tight abdomen, firm and well muscled throughout.
Legs and Paws: Legs long and slim. Hind legs higher than the front legs. Legs to be firm and well muscled. Paws small and oval.
Tail: Long and tapering. Not blunt ended and free from any abnormality of the bone structure.
Coat: Very short and fine in texture. Glossy and close-lying. Even and sound throughout in adults and free from any flakes of dead skin.
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Withhold all Awards for:
1 Visible kink
2 White markings anywhere, other than those referred to in the colour description.
Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Classes for:
1 Weak chin and/ or uneven bite.
2 Any abnormality of the bone structure of the tail.
3 Incorrect eye colour or any fleck of a different colour in the eye.
4 Coat long, open or coarse in texture.
5 Lack of two normal scrotal testicles in un-neutered male adults and kittens.
6 Any defect as listed in the GCCF standard list of withholding faults.