The Oriental Shorthair cat has the sleek and elegant body associated with the Siamese cat, with the primary exception between the two breeds being that the Oriental Shorthair cat is seen in a wide range of colors and coat patterns. They can be found in colors that include chocolate, white, cream, blue, tabby, and even calico. There are over 300 variations in color or coat patterns seen in the Oriental Shorthair cat.
In the show ring, they often compete in the same class as Siamese cats because they are, essentially, the same breed. Their bodies are elegant and muscular and they are often a lot heavier than they first appear due in large part to their heavily muscular body. They have the wedge-shaped head like other Siamese cats and have large pointed ears. They have almond-shaped eyes that could be green, brown, or even blue.
The Oriental Shorthair cat is highly active and energetic, with high levels of intelligence, but they are still well suited to living as indoor only cats so long as they have adequate entertainment and activity options. Very sociable and vocal, just like Siamese cats, the Oriental Shorthair cat is also very loyal and affectionate. They love spending time with their human companions and are often described as having personalities akin to a dog, especially with their habits of following their humans around and chattering loudly to them.
It is often recommended that owners of Oriental Shorthairs don’t allow them to be only cats as this will not only lead towards loneliness, but it could also lead to potentially destructive behaviors, including obsessive chewing and pulling their fur out.