Physical characteristicsThe Oriental Longhair is a small to medium cat with a slender but muscular body and graceful lines. There are actually two varieties of the breed: the Extreme (that you can usually see at cat shows) and the Traditional one.
The Extreme Oriental Longhair has an elongated lithe body and a long wedge-shaped head. The large ears are pointed at the tip, broad at the base and set widely; their outer lines continue the wedge shape of the head. The neck and the legs and long and thin, the tail is long too and tapers to the tip. The medium size ears are almond-shaped and slightly slanted to the nose; they can be blue, green or odd-eyed depending on the coat colour and pattern.
As well as in the Siamese, Javanese, and Balinese cats, Traditional Oriental Longhairs have a rounder, more moderate body and head type. They are well-balanced and well-proportioned, neither svelte nor cobby. The Traditional Oriental is usually larger than the Extreme.
TemperamentOriental Longhairs have an active, playful, inquisitive, and talkative personality. They want to participate in everything you do, from cooking and cleaning to reading and taking a nap with you. You will need a tall cat tree so that your oriental doesn't become disastrous jumping and climbing on every curtain, high shelf and bookcase. Don't even try to "hide" from your companion behind a closed door: Orientals hate closed doors and will never stop begging you to open it (if they can't open it themselves, of course, which is a rare case). They are extremely intelligent, people-oriented, and trusting. Usually, Orientals form strong bonds with just one person, their chosen human. Once this emotional bond is made, an Oriental Longhair becomes a truly devoted companion. If you work a lot and spend nights out of home, this breed is not for you: Orientals will mourn and feel abandoned. Given enough attention and love, they thrive like no other cat. They are quite vocal but have a milder voice than their Siamese ancestors.
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