The Oriental Shorthair is a self-colored (solid, non-pointed) cat that combines the Siamese body with a varied range of colors and patterns. The Oriental Shorthair can be found in solid colors (white, red, cream, ebony, blue, chestnut, lavender, cinnamon, or fawn), shaded (only the hair tips colored), parti-color (red or cream splashes on any of the above), tabby (mackerel/striped, ticked, spotted, and blotched/classic), bi-colored (any of the above, with white), and smoke (white undercoat to any of the above except white). There are over three hundred pattern and color combinations possible for the breed.
These cats, in most associations, compete with Siamese. They have almond eyes, a wedge shaped head with large ears, and elegant, muscular bodies. They are intelligent, social, demanding and vocal animals that have been likened to a Chihuahua in appearance.