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Oriental Longhair Cat – Cat Breeds Guide

Adopt an Oriental Longhair Cat, Cat Breeds Guide


The Oriental Longhair cat breed proves that “there is no such thing as too much of a good thing”. This hybrid domestic cat breed was developed from the first and very controversial Oriental Shorthair hybrid. The shorthair’s hybridization was initially resented by various cat breeders as they felt another Siamese hybrid will gravely affect the original pedigree and rallied for restrictions or non-recognition of the Oriental Longhair’s breeding development.

But pioneer breeders were headstrong to produce a longhaired variety of the Oriental. If the Siamese have their longhaired version in the Balinese cat breed, and the hybrid Colourpoint has its long-haired variant in the Javanese. Why can’t the Oriental Shorthair?

The breeding development commenced, and the Oriental Longhair was officially born. Like the first Oriental cat hybrid, these longhaired Siamese-type cats saw rapid popularity and eventually gained full recognition from various feline registries. It is now often grouped together with the Oriental Shorthair under the Oriental cat breed with a distinct and separate set of standards.

Official Name

Oriental Longhair

Other feline registries call this breed as Longhair Oriental. Around the world, the Oriental Longhair has been called as the Javanese, Mandarin, and Foreign Longhair and also formerly known as the British Angora.


Oriental Longhair is a hybrid of Siamese ancestry. They were developed from the Oriental Shorthair that was crossed with the Abyssinian Cats and American Shorthairs. The first breeding development program of this breed happened during the 1970s in the United States.

Quick FAQs

Size: Oriental Longhair cats are small to medium-sized hybrid breeds.

Coat Type: Oriental Longhair cats come in medium-long to a long length of coats.

Body Type: Oriental Longhair cats have svelte type bodies.

Grooming Requirement: Oriental Longhair should be groomed once every few weeks.

Vocal Tendency: Oriental Longhairs are cats that will be very vocal and naturally talkative

Energy Levels: These Siamese-type cats are known to have very high levels of activity.

Time Alone: Oriental Longhairs require a maximum of 4 hours of “alone time” every day.

Care: Oriental Longhairs will need adequate human attention and can be handful.

Recognized by

The International Cat Association
Fédération Internationale Féline
Cat Fancier’s Association
American Cat Fancier’s Association
Canadian Feline Federation
United Feline Organization
American Association of Cat Enthusiasts – The AACE calls this breed as the Longhair Oriental


During the height of the Oriental Shorthair’s popularity in the 1970s, Oriental cat breeders welcomed the idea of a longhaired hybrid of the Oriental Shorthair. These cat fanciers’ believed that it was just fitting to develop a longhaired variety of the Oriental after all the Siamese cat have its longhaired version in the presence of the Balinese. The Colorpoint Shorthair also had its own longhaired variant in the Javanese cat breed.

American breeders began a hybridization program that involved crossing the Oriental Shorthair with the Balinese. It produced specimens with long, lean and elegant bodies, covered in silk-like textured coats and displaying a rich selection of coat colors. This saw the birth of the modern Oriental Longhair, one of the youngest of the Siamese-type cat breeds. The Oriental LH also saw rapid fame as this cat has all the desirable traits of three famous breeds. It has the temperament of the Siamese cat, the low maintenance care of the Balinese and the rich coat colors of the Oriental Shorthair. By 1985, the youngest Siamese-type hybrid gained official recognition and acceptance as a Championship breed from The International Cat Association or TICA. The longhaired Orientals saw CFA approval in 1988, leading to the eventual creation of the Oriental Breed group, grouping the longhaired and shorthaired Orientals together.


The Oriental Longhairs are more independent and tolerant. These Orientals are an active lot that will be playful even without the help of their human owners. They are nimble jumpers, displaying dexterity and elegant control. Overall, these cats are ideal feline companions that will be loyal, highly intelligent and affectionate.


Oriental Longhair cats are basically the longhaired versions of the Oriental Shorthair. The only difference is on the length and texture of the coat. This is because of the recessive long hair genes in their genetic makeup. The Oriental Longhair (although longhair by name) actually has a medium-length coat. appearance. It also comes in a huge variety of coat colors and patterns. There are more than 300 coat color and pattern combination seen on this breed.

All Oriental cats are basically Siamese-type, very lithe yet also very muscular.

Oriental Longhair cats have a sleek looking but muscular bodies that is tubular in shape.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Oriental Longhair cats have wedge-shaped heads and also a large set of ears that fit harmoniously on the wedge contours of the head. These cats have almond-shaped eyes that are medium in size that conforms to the overall wedge appearance of the head and eyes. Eye color will be green but white cats of this breed will display blue, green and even odd-eyed colors.

Coat and Tail
The Oriental Longhair cat’s tail is thin at the base and tapering to a fine point. These feline hybrids have coats that are medium in length, fine and silky but without downy undercoats. The longest hairs can be found on the tail.

The possible coat colors and patterns for the Oriental Longhair cat breed are epic in scale, with more than 300 combinations known.


Considered to be generally healthy, Oriental Longhair cats can suffer the same medical problems and genetic anomalies see on the Siamese and all Siamese-type cat breeds. Some of the most common genetic issues are protrusion of the cranial sternum and the potentially dangerous endocardial fibroelastosis.



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