The Siamese ancestry of the Blue Oriental Shorthair is clear from its appearance, but it does not have the pointed patterning on its coat that is associated with the Siamese breed. The origins of the entire Oriental Shorthair group date back the 1950s, when Siamese cats were crossed with a number of other breeds to create new colours without pointed markings. Since then, the Oriental group has become one of the largest in the cat world.
- BREED DEVELOPED: 1950s
- COUNTRY: United Kingdom
- TYPE: Shorthair
- BODY SHAPE: Long and lithe
- WEIGHS UP TO: 5.5kg/12lb)
- PLUS POINTS: Personable, friendly character
- WATCH POINTS: May mature at four to five months old
The blue coloration of these cats is similar to that of other breeds, being of a greyish hue. Due to the lack of a dense undercoat, the fur lies sleek, which helps to emphasise this breed’s athletic profile. The fur also has a glossy appearance, and there is an even depth of colour throughout, with no trace of odd white hairs. The eyes are green, and create an attractive contrast with the coat.
In terms of temperament, Oriental Shorthairs are highly social, and they thrive on company, forming a strong bond with their owners. This trait has undoubtedly helped to ensure their popularity. The grooming requirements of the Blue Oriental Shorthair are also minimal, and a gentle weekly brushing is adequate in most cases, although just before a show, you may want to wipe the coat gently with a chamois leather, as this can help to improve its shine. It is worthwhile keeping a check on the claws as well, because these can become overgrown quite easily, and may need to be cut by a vet, to avoid discomfort to the cat. A scratching post in the home can help to keep the claws in trim.
Blue Oriental Shorthairs, like other members of the group, are very playful by nature and will These cats used to be known as Foreign Blues, to distinguish them from British or European Shorthairs; in the early 1990s, all the solid coloured members of this group except the Foreign White were re-named Orientals.
- All four tabby patterns – mackerel, classic, spotted and ticked – can be combined with the blue Oriental coloration.
- Appreciate being amused with a range of toys, which will keep them occupied, especially when they are left on their own.