Oriental Shorthair


United Kingdom


8"- 10"

Adult Weight

6 - 12 pounds

Life Span

12-15 years


Curious, affectionate, easygoing, playful



Medium-sized short-haired



Personality and Temperament

If you love Siamese cats, then you’ll probably adore Oriental Shorthair cats just as much! These amazing kitties are sized and shaped like their close cousins, but they display an incredible variety of colors and patterns. Not only is The Oriental Shorthair a visually stunning cat, members of this breed tend to be exceptionally friendly and outgoing, with a fondness for nearly everyone they meet including other felines and even well-behaved dogs. The more friends, the better – in fact, while some breeds prefer solitary life, Oriental Shorthair cats enjoy living in groups! These amazing kitties are well-suited to most families, but they do require lots of attention. Oriental Shorthair cats are highly social, and they can become depressed if left alone too often. The good news is that furry companions stave off loneliness in this breed just as well as human family members, so those who must often spend more time away at work than at home can enjoy sharing life with one of these delightful cats so long as there’s a compatible pet in the home. While Oriental Shorthair cats develop friendly feelings for multiple people, they have a tendency to choose a favorite person and spend most of their time in close contact.


Oriental Shorthair cats have no special nutritional needs, however they benefit from a high-protein diet that includes real meat or fish as the main ingredient. Choosing a high-quality brand, offering fresh food, or providing a combination of the two is an excellent way to promote good health and longevity.
The Oriental Shorthair does an outstanding job of keeping its beautiful single layer coat neat and tidy, but you can reduce shedding even more by grooming your cat with a soft brush once or twice per week to remove any dead hairs. Afterward, polish their coat with a chamois or a silk scarf to bring out the shine. Since Oriental Shorthair cats are extremely active, you may wish to minimize damage to your furniture by keeping your cat’s claws trimmed. Teach your cat to accept trimming and toothbrushing from a young age to make these grooming processes fuss-free when they reach adulthood.
Oriental Shorthair cats are extreme athletes, with the ability to make extraordinary leaps and high jumps. They’re speedy, too: these cats love to race around the house, either alone or with their favorite furry friend. If you have two Oriental Shorthair cats, you’ll enjoy watching them compete!
Oriental Shorthair cats are generally very healthy but some individuals are at an elevated risk for complications including asthma, megaesophagus, mast cell cancer, dilated cardiomyopathy, feline lower urinary tract disease, and liver amyloidosis. They can also suffer from some eye issues including progressive retinal atrophy and crossed eyes.


Affection Level 100%
Activity Level 100%
Pet-Friendly 100%
Kid-Friendly 80%
Sociability 100%
Intelligence 100%
Playfulness 100%
Independence 100%
Vocality 100%
Grooming 20%


The Breed Standard


The body is long, slim, and tube shaped. Oriental Shorthair cats should display sleek muscles and present an athletic appearance.


The head is triangular, with an elongated profile. The muzzle is wedge-shaped, while the nose is long and straight.


The eyes are medium size, with an almond shape. They slant towards those following the lines of the head and ears. Many Oriental Shorthair cats have green eyes rather than blue.


The Oriental Shorthair cat has very large ears that continue the lines of the head. The ears’ bases should be exceptionally wide and their tips should be finely pointed.

Legs & Paws

The Oriental Shorthair cat should have long, slim legs. The hind legs should be longer than the forelegs. The paws should be dainty and small, with an oval shape.


The tail should be long and thin, tapering to a fine point at the end.


The coat should be short, with a fine texture. Hair should lie close to the body and should have a glossy appearance.


Many coat colors and patterns are accepted for show including solid, shaded, smoke, bicolor, parti color, pointed, and tabby. Certain breed registries have different categories for different colors and bicolor oriental shorthair cats are considered a distinct, separate breed by the UK's Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Oriental Shorthair cat cost?

    How much does a Oriental Shorthair cat cost?Oriental Shorthair cats cost between $400-$2000.
  • How big do Oriental Shorthair cats get?

    How big do Oriental Shorthair cats get?Oriental Shorthair cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Oriental Shorthair cat might weigh between 6 - 12 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"- 10" inches tall.
  • How long do Oriental Shorthair cats live?

    How long do Oriental Shorthair cats live?The Average lifespan for Oriental Shorthair is 12-15 years.
  • Do Oriental Shorthair cats shed?

    Do Oriental Shorthair cats shed?Oriental Shorthair are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.
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