[Oriental Shorthair]

Oriental SH et LH CFA

Standards CFA de l'Oriental et du Mandarin (2003)


Février 2004

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Point score

Head 20 points
Long flat profile 6
Wedge, fine muzzle, size 5
Ears 4
Chin 3
Width between eyes 2
Eyes 10 points
Shape, size, slant, and placement 10
Body 30 points
Structure and size, including neck 12
Muscle tone 10
Legs and Feet 5
Tail 3
Coat 10 points
Color 30 points
Coat color 20
(color 10, pattern 10)
Eye color 10
Total 100 points


  • Solid : Black, chestnut, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, red, cream, white
  • Shaded silver
  • Smoke
  • Tabby
  • Silver tabby
  • Tortie
  • Bicolor
  • Pointed and white


The ideal Oriental is a svelte cat with long tapering lines, very lithe but strong and muscular. Excellent physical condition. Eyes clear. Strong and lithe, neither bony nor flabby. Not fat. Because of the longer coat the Longhair Division appears to have softer lines and less extreme type than the Shorthair division.


  • Long, tapering wedge, in good proportion to body. The total wedge starts at the nose and flares out in straight lines to the tips of the ears forming a triangle, with no break at the whiskers. No less than the width of an eye between the eyes. When the whiskers (and face hair for the Lonhair Division) are smoothed back, the underlying bone structure is apparent. Allowance must be made for jowls in the stud cat.


  • Flat. In profile, a long straight line is seen from the top of the head to the tip of the nose. No bulge over the eyes. No dip in nose.


  • Strikingly large, pointed, wide at base, continuing the lines of the wedge.


  • Almond shaped. Medium size. Neither protruding nor recessed. Slanted towards the nose in harmony with lines of wedge and ears. Uncrossed.


  • Long and straight. A continuation of the forehead with no break.


  • Fine, wedge-shaped.

Chin and jaw

  • Medium size. Tip of chin lines up with tip of nose in the same vertical plane. Neither receding nor excessively massive.


  • Long, and svelte. A distinctive combination of fine bones and firm muscles. Shoulders and hips continue the same sleek lines of tubular body. Hips never wider than shoulders. Abdomen tight. The male may be somewhat larger than the female.


  • Long and slender.


  • Long and slim. Hind legs higher than front. In good proportion to body.


  • Dainty, small, and oval. Toes : five in front and four behind.


  • Long, thin at the base, and tapering to a fine point. Longhair Division : Tail hair spreads out like a plume.


Shorthair division

  • Short, fine textured, glossy or satin-like, lying close to body.

Lonhair division

  • Medium length, fine, silky without downy undercoat, lying close to the body, the coat may appear shorter than it is. Hair is longest on the tail.


The Oriental’s reason for being is the coat color whether it is solid, shaded, smoke, parti-color, bi-color or tabby patterned.

Coat color

  • Solid
    • In the solid color cat, the coat should be of uniform density and color from the tip to the root of each hair and from the nose to the tail. The full coat color score (20) should be used to assess the quality and the correctness of the color.
  • Shaded
    • The shaded cat has a white undercoat, with a mantle of colored tipping shaded down from the sides, face and tail from dark on the ridge to white on the chin, chest underside and under the tail.
  • Smoke
    • Cat in repose appears solid in color. In motion the color is clearly apparent. Extremities are solide in color, and have a narrow band of white at the base of hairs next to the skin which may be seen only when the fur is parted.
  • Parti-color
    • A solid cat with patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities (presence of several shaded of red acceptable, dilute colors exhibit cream instead of red)
  • Bi-color
    • Bi-colors should conform to the established stadard for their co-existing pattern, with the addition of white feet, legs, underside, chest and muzzle, including an inverted “V” blaze on the face.
  • Tabby
    • In the tabby patterned cat, the quality of the pattern is an essential part of the cat. The pattern should be viewed while the cat is in a natural standing position.
  • The remaining ten points are allotted to the correctness of the color, it matches the color description.

Eye color

  • Green. White Orientals and bi-color Orientals may have blue, green or odd-eyed eye color.


  • Crossed eyes.
  • Palpable and/or visible protrusion of the cartilage at the end of the sternum.


  • Any evidence of illness or poor health.
  • Weak hind legs.
  • Mouth breathing due to nasal obstruction or poor occlusion.
  • Emaciation.
  • Visible kink in tail.
  • Miniaturization.
  • Lockets and buttons
  • Incorrect number of toes.
  • Longhair Division : Definite double coat (i.e., downy undercoat).

Oriental allowable outcroos breeds

Shorthair division

  • Siamese, Colourpoint

Longhair division

  • Siamese, Colourpoint, Balinese, Javanese