Oriental Shorthair Advantages and Challenges
Oriental Shorthair Physical Characteristics
Oriental Shorthair Personality
The Oriental Shorthair may be the most colorful cat breed on Earth, with more than 300 colors and patterns to choose from. The Oriental Shorthair has the same elegant build, sleek coat and chatty personality as the Siamese, but unlike the Siamese, comes in just about any color of the rainbow. Understandably popular, the Oriental Shorthair appeals to the cat lover who wants an elegant Siamese-type cat but prefers a pet with new-and-improved, distinctive colorations.
Oriental Shorthair History and General Information
History and Origin
The Oriental Shorthair is a man-made Siamese hybrid created to bring together the looks and personality of the Siamese with a far wider range of color and pattern options. First in Britainin the 1950s and then in Americain the 60s and early 70s, breeders set out to create this new look by crossing Siamese cats with American shorthairs, Russian blues, Burmese and Abyssinians.
The Oriental Shorthair sheds little and requires only minimal grooming; once a week or so, groom your cat lightly with your bare hands to remove excess hair. Otherwise, this breed never needs bathing – unless it’s managed to overturn a jar of paint or decided to help you give your car an oil change, that is.
Oriental Shorthair Health
The Oriental Shorthair is generally a healthy, sturdy breed with few genetic problems. Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store will help ensure that your Oriental Shorthair will be free of hereditary purebred ailments. Maintaining your cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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