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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Oriental

The Oriental was developed to explore all the possibilities of color and pattern. Since its initial acceptance to the Cat Fanciers' Association, Oriental breeders have maintained a constant pace to fulfill the breadth of this destiny.

With more than 300 different colors and patterns to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find an Oriental that will tickle your fancy. Imagine a Siamese wearing a head-to-toe coat in white, red, cream, ebony, blue, chestnut, lavender, cinnamon, or fawn. (These are our solids.) For a sparkling undercoat, stir in the silver gene to all but the white, and you have a smoke Oriental. Perhaps, instead, you'd like the color restricted to the tips of the hair. For this, we have the shadeds to whet your appetite. Paint splashes of red and/or cream on any of these coats and you have a parti-color.

Orientals have an equally colorful personality. They are closely linked to the people they claim as their own and desperately want to share their lives with them. They eagerly greet them at the door and tell them all about their day. If their owners are late, they will scold them and tell them how worried they were that they didn't call. Hide their feather on top of the refrigerator? Wrong! Curiosity and intelligence combine, providing them a means of finding anything and everything; they have been known to open a drawer or empty your purse to discover their favorite toy. Give them the attention and affection they so desperately need, and they will do anything to please you. Ignore them, and they will droop with despair. These elegant, svelte cats remain playful, spirited, and loyal well beyond their youth.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011