Choosing an Oriental

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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.

Association Acceptance


  • 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.

Special Notes

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.



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