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Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair is a recognized breed of cat that combines the body shape of a Siamese with a wide range of colorings and patterns. This breed is muscular and slim with large ears that are placed on top of a wedge shaped head. These cats don't look as strong and solid as they are. The Oriental has almond-shaped eyes. It is believed that there are over 300 color and pattern combinations possible on this breed's coat. The popularity of the Oriental Shorthair has been consistently high all over the world for a long time now. They are prized house pets and show cats.


The Oriental Shorthair is an intelligent cat that is highly inquisitive and curious. They are also loving, affectionate and sociable. They tend to get on well with all humans and crave the attention of their owners. They can be very vocal cats and even their purr is quite loud when they are happy. These cats can be trained to perform tricks and obey commands but, like most cats, they do have a mind of their own and can be stubborn. With socialization, this breed will bond well with small children and other pets.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)

    Female: 8 pounds (3kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    8-12 years on average.

  • Litter Size

    The average litter size is 5 kittens.

  • Grooming

    The coat of the Oriental Shorthair does not need much care or attention which makes it easy to groom. Brushing or combing this cat once a week should keep the coat in top condition. If grooming is started from a young age, the Oriental will enjoy it throughout its life.

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