The Oriental and Siamese share many similarities in temperament and physique. They are not without reason called ‘shameless flirts’ − an Oriental cat will make sure to get your attention when she wants to.
First in Britain in the 1950s, and a decade later in the USA, breeders set out to create a new look, by crossing the Siamese with American Shorthairs, Russian Blues, Burmese and Abyssinians. The fledgling breed and immense interest in the progeny led to the rapid development of exquisite Orientals. The Siamese body style and personality were not sacrificed. Once the desired colours and patterns were obtained, the cats were crossed back to Siamese to preserve the Siamese look. In other words, the Oriental today is a solid-coloured Siamese.
Orientals are very outgoing, but devoted cats. Naturally intelligent and extroverted, they are the quintessential ‘people’ cats, as they love to be in your lap, on your bed, and at your table, if not on your table. They insist on taking an active part in their owner’s life. There’s no doubt about the presence of one of these individuals in a home. Life with an Oriental will never be dull – they are excellent company for any person who appreciates a lively, affectionate and entertaining companion.
The full article appears in the March 2015 issue of AnimalTalk.