Oriental Longhair

The Oriental Longhair is a cat of many names. It was originally the product of the mating of a Sorrel Abyssinian and a Siamese Seal Point. This mating was done in attempts to introduce a gene believed to produce white cats. The British Angora, as it once was called, was renamed the Oriental Longhair in 2002 to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora. Some other cat fanciers refer to this breed as Javanese, Foreign Longhair or Mandarin.

The body of an Oriental Longhair is tubular and Siamese-style. It has a silky medium-long coat which is much longer and thicker than a traditional Oriental cat. Its coat can be a variety of colors which include black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, caramel, fawn, red, cream, apricot, tortie, smoke, shaded or tipped tabby or white. All Oriental Longhairs have green eyes except for the white ones which may have two different colored eyes, green eyes or blue eyes.

The longhaired gene of the Oriental Longhair is recessive; when paired with a shorthaired oriental or a Siamese, the product will have short hair.

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