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The basics:
The Oriental Longhair is the long haired version of the Oriental Shorthair. It combines the lean Siamese style body with a long, silky coat. The breed simply carries a pair of the recessive long hair genes. The Oriental Longhair was recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1995, though it had earlier already been recognized by some of the other organizations as the "British Angora."

The Oriental Longhair is the long haired version of the Oriental Shorthair. It combines the lean Siamese style body with a long, silky coat. The breed simply carries a pair of the recessive long hair genes. The Oriental Longhair was recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1995, though it had earlier already been recognized by some of the other organizations as the "British Angora."

In Britain, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) used to recognize the breed as the British Angora. However in 2002, the breed was renamed as the Oriental Longhair to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora, which is a distinct breed. The Colorpoint Longhair is also known as the Javanese or the Mandarin. The mating of an Oriental Longhair with an Oriental Shorthair will result in kittens having short hair. However, if these kittens are bred, about half the resulting kittens will have long hair.

Appearance / lifespan:
The Oriental Longhair has a medium sized head that is in proportion to the body, well balanced. The nose is long and straight and the muzzle is narrow. The chin forms a straight line with the tip of the nose. The ears are large and pointed. The eyes are proportionate, almond shaped and somewhat slanted towards the nose. They are usually striking green; though in white cats they could be blue or even have two different color eyes. The neck is slender and curved. The body is lean and strong with thin legs that are in proportion to the body. The paws are small and compact. The tail is long and tapering. The coat is fine and silky, and is more profuse at the frill and shoulders and forms a plume on the tail.

Oriental Longhairs come in similar colors and patterns as the Oriental Shorthair. These include colors such as black, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, caramel, fawn, red, cream and apricot, torty, smoke, shaded, tabby, and white.

Behavior / temperament:
The Oriental Longhair's temperament is quite similar in the Shorthair. It is people oriented with a need for constant companionship. This breed has the tendency to bond closely to one person. It is quite intelligent and is adept at judging the mood of the owner and responding to it. The Oriental Longhair is curious and likes to be in the midst of things. It is an active animal that loves to play with toys. It can become completely occupied with a ball of string or a scrap of paper.

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