If you’re looking for a special color or pattern, expect a longer wait or a higher price, or both. Longhairs are harder to obtain than shorthairs. Retired show or breeder Orientals are sometimes placed in good homes for pet quality prices or less.
- American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
- American Cat Association (ACA)
- American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
- Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
- Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
- Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
- The International Cat Association (TICA)
- United Feline Organization (UFO)
The Oriental longhair is accepted by CFA as a division of the Oriental breed, and in TICA as part of the Siamese/Balinese/Oriental shorthair/Oriental longhair breed group. AACE, ACA, ACFA and UFO accept the Oriental longhair as a breed in his own right.
Orientals are generally healthy but since they are closely related to Siamese they share some of the same diseases, notably gingivitis, a liver-destroying disease called amyloidosis, and the heart disease cardiomyopathy. Buy from a breeder who offers a written health guarantee and registration papers.