The Oriental Longhair, formerly known as the British Angora, is a breed of cat that features a tubular, Siamese-style body (known in the cat fancy as oriental type), but with a longer coat than the short-haired Siamese. The coat can also come in a variety of colors and patterns, including tabby, "tortie", and solid.

    In 2002, the British Angora was renamed Oriental Longhair by British cat fancies. This avoided confusion with the Turkish Angora. With no globally recognized naming convention, other cat fancies refer to this type as Javanese, Foreign Longhair or Mandarin.

    The Oriental Longhair is analogous to the CFA Balinese and Javanese, and the TICA Oriental Longhair breeds in the United States.

    Type and characteristics


    It is an elegant breed, which should be well balanced, muscular in appearance, with long graceful limbs, a slender neck and a long, whip like tail that is free from any kink or defect.


    The Oriental Longhair (Angora), the semi longhaired version of the Oriental, should have a free flowing, silky coat, and is recognized in all the same colors and coat patterns as the Oriental. Their coat should be short, fine textured, glossy and close lying

    They come in over 300 different colors, patterns, and color schemes.


    The head of the Oriental Longhair, like that of the Siamese, is triangular.


    The ears are quite large.


    Curiosity and intelligence combine, providing them a means of finding anything and everything. They have been known to open a drawer, or empty your purse to discover their favorite toy. Give them the attention and affection they so desperately need, and they will do anything to please you. Ignore them, and they will droop with despair. These elegant, svelte cats remain playful, spirited and loyal well beyond their youth.

    Care & Maintenance

    The coat of these cats is very silky and fine in texture, and should lie smoothly and close to the body. They have no undercoat and every now and then combing with a fine comb or a soft brush is enough. Even the longhairs don't require much maintenance.

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