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This breed is the semi-longhaired variety of the Oriental Shorthair. Like the other Oriental breeds, it has the slender body and active, people-oriented temperament of the Siamese. It appears in a variety of solid and tabby colors, similar to the Oriental Shorthair.

The Oriental Longhair in the United States is the latest in the group of Siamese-derived breeds of the Oriental body type, originating from an accidental mating of a Balinese and Oriental Shorthair in the 1980s. It was accepted as a division of the Oriental breed by CFA in 1995.

In Great Britain, this breed is known as the Angora, not to be confused with the Turkish Angora, which is a separate breed. In Europe, Oriental Longhairs are called Javanese or, if brown, longhaired Havana Browns. These cats do not necessarily have the same origins, which can cause considerable confusion.

Oriental Shorthairs are like the Siamese in body type and personality. They share the long, fine-boned legs and tail, tubular body, wedge-shaped head and large ears.

The breed was created in the 1970s to create a Siamese-type cat with a wider variety of colors and patterns, not restricted to colorpoint patterns. Some Oriental Shorthairs do come in pointed varieties. These pointed cats cannot be shown in all associations; in some other associations, pointed Orientals are shown as Siamese. It was accepted for championship status in 1977 by CFA.

Like the Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair is an outgoing, people-oriented breed. They are talkative, playful, acrobatic, and energetic.

Interesting breed fact: The Oriental breed is available in the widest array of colors and patterns of any breed. In fact, Orientals are sometimes nicknamed "Ornamentals" because they can be bred in over three hundred posssible color and pattern combinations.

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