Other names : Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, Mandarin

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Life expectancy

The Oriental has a life expectancy of between 10 and 20 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 12 in
Male Approximately 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 11 lb
Male Between 7 and 13 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Oriental costs approximately 300£

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More details about the Oriental

Oriental: Origins and history

The Oriental appeared in England in the fifties. After the Second World War, some breeders were very creative and made crosses between the Siamese and several breeds (such as the Russian Blue and the Abyssinian). The offspring from these crossings were again crossed with Siamese and, after only a few generations, the only way to distinguish the Oriental from the Siamese was by their colour. Many colours made their appearance and at first, the breeders attributed breed names to each different coloured cat. Obviously, the breeders quickly realised that there were too many different colours to make each a distinct breed. Thus was born the Oriental race of which 2 varieties were identified: the "Shorthair" and the "Longhair". The breed was then exported to the United States in 1970. New crossovers were made between American Shorthairs and Siamese, which gave birth to an even wider variety of colours.

Oriental: Purchase price

On average, the price of an Oriental kitten is approximately £300, the price often varies according to the lineage, the breeder, the age or even the sex, but also according to the length of the hair (the Javanese or Mandarin is not the same price as the Oriental Shorthair). For the monthly budget, it will cost on average £35 / month to support the needs of this cat, by offering a quality diet and ensuring their good health.

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