Oriental Shorthair - OSH
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Oriental Shorthair is a long, elegant, slender cat producing a stylized extreme impression.
Top of head
Wedge-shaped and long. The wedge starts at the nose and broadens on both sides in unbroken lines to the ear base. Top of head is slightly convex or almost flat viewed from the front.
Muzzle and chin
The cheek bones are high set and narrow, the cheeks flat. The muzzle is fine, without expressed whisker pads.
The profile is a long straight line or a slightly convex line from the top of the head to the tip of the nose
The eyes are almond-shaped, set wide apart and not deep. The distance between the eyes is not less than one eye width. The eyes are set at a slant, with the outer corners set clearly higher than the inner corners.
Very large, set wide apart and wide open.
Size and boning
Medium to large sized but elegant, slender and muscular.
Tubular, elongated: the contours of the back and the belly are straight, almost parallel.
Long and slender, slightly curved (swan neck).
Legs and paws
The legs are long and slender, straight set.
The tail is very long, whippy, thin at the base and ends in a pointed tip.
Glossy, close lying to the body, fine in texture, without undercoat.
All colours and patterns without points, mink and sepia are recognized.
See general part.
Special breed faults
Unharmonious broken lines of the profile and of the head.
Weak hanging ears (with the exception of kittens).
White lockets and white spots on cats registered without white.
SIA; OLH, BAL – offspring to be registered as OSH/SIA var and to be used for breeding OLH and BAL.