The term Oriental cat is not generally used for any one
breed of cat.
Rather, it describes a set of physical characteristics belonging to a number of
Cat Fanciers' Association and the GCCF (the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
in the UK), however, do recognize the
Oriental as a specific breed.
Orientals have small, lean, athletic bodies, large triangular ears,
almond-shaped eyes, and usually a very curious, inquisitive, intelligent
temperament. They also have a loud voice and 'talk' a lot more than most other
cats. Originally, all orientals were short-haired, with a very light-weight and
generally light-coloured coat befitting the hot climate of their origin, but
they have been cross-bred with
Persians and other long-haired to create medium and long-haired oriental
breeds such as the
Himalayan. They are also being cross-bred with the
to produce the