The Oriental Longhair Cat is the semi-longhaired variety of the Oriental Shorthair. They are a relatively new breed created in the United States through the accidental pairing of a Balinese male with and Oriental Shorthair female in the 1980’s.  Some 15 years later they were recognized as a distinct breed rather than a cross bred by CFA.

In Great Britain, this breed is known as the Angora, not to be confused with the Turkish Angora, which is a separate breed. In Europe, Oriental Longhairs are called Javanese or, if brown, longhaired Havana Browns. These cats do not necessarily have the same origins, which can cause considerable confusion.

In the UK they were initially known as the Angora but this created name confusion with the Turkish Angora led to the acceptance in 2002 of the US name, the Oriental Longhair.  Across Europe they are referred to as Javanese, or if brown like their Balinese ancestor, they are called longhaired Havana Browns.  The stud books for these 3 strains of the same breed are quite different and rarely would individuals from the different continents be bred as the standards are not identical.

Appearance.
They are medium sized, with a super soft semi-longhaired coat  in solid colours such as brown, black/blue, red, cream, tortoise shell and tabby – in fact colours are virtually identical to the Oriental Shorthair of which there are more than seen 300 combinations.. Build is slender and muscular, they have a typical Siamese derived angular head and green almost shapes eyes with large, flaring ears.

Temperament
Like most of the oriental breeds, the Oriental Longhair Cat is confidant, playful, inquisitive and vocal.  They will seek out your company and look to you for entertainment. They are busy creatures and need toys and a scratching post unless you intend for them to turn your furniture into their territory.  An oriental Longhair will likely follow you from room to room, even some way down to the shops in order to be with you so be aware of this.  It might seem cute to have your cat follow you down the street; it’s less enjoyable when if they bolt across a road an encounter a car.

Grooming
Their fine hair requires regular grooming and combing to keep it free of tangles and to prevent matting.  Brushing will also keep the luster in their coat.  A healthy breed, don’t buy from an unregistered breeder – more likely you will be getting the result of an accidental paring of two cats whose genetic history is not known and perhaps not suited for breeding.  Individuals have been known to suffer from gum problems as well as the more serious conditions of amyloidosis and cardiomyopathy. Reduce the chances of your cat suffering these problems by choosing to buy from a reputable breeder with a clear health history of their breeding stock.

Ensure your Oriental Longhair Cat’s teeth health by giving them raw, bony chicken such as wings and neck to chew on and get their teeth checked regularly by your vet,This breed is popular around the world and they are available through registered breeders in Australia.

Suitability as a pet.
If you are looking for an independent, no work outdoor cat, this is not the cat for you.  An oriental long-haired cat will insist on family integration and make itself a part of the everyday goings on of your household.  Their long fur makes them poor outdoor cats as it will quickly become dirty and matted.If you are willing to give them your time and attention, they will be a loving and rewarding addition to your family