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GCCF Standards of Points for Oriental Shorthairs

General Standard for type
Oriental Selfs
Foreign White
Havana
Oriental Lilac
Oriental Black
Oriental Blue
Oriental Red
Oriental Cream
Oriental Apricot
Oriental Cinnamon
Oriental Caramel
Oriental Fawn
Oriental Non-Selfs
Oriental Tortoiseshell
Oriental Smoke
Oriental Spotted Tabby
Oriental Classic Tabby
Oriental Mackerel Tabby
Oriental Ticked Tabby
Oriental Shaded

Oriental Longhair - Self & Non-Self
Oriental Longhair

A complete Standards of Points for all breeds is available from the GCCF

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ORIENTAL SHORTHAIRS
(except the Foreign White)

GENERAL TYPE STANDARD

The Oriental should be a beautifully balanced animal with head and ears carried on a slender neck and with a long svelte body supported on fine legs and feet, with a slender, whipped tail, free from abnormalities. The body, legs, feet, head and tail should all be in proportion, giving a well balanced appearance. The expression should be alert and intelligent. The cat should be in excellent physical condition.

Head & Neck: Head long and well proportioned with width between the ears and narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle and forming a balanced triangle with no break or pinch at the whiskers. The head and profile should be wedge shaped, neither round nor pointed, avoiding exaggerated type. In profile the nose should be straight, free from any stop or dip, and the chin should be strong with a level bite. The tip of the chin should line up with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane. The neck should be long and slender.

Ears: Large, pricked and wide at the base with their setting continuing the lines of the wedge.

Eyes: Oriental in shape and slanting towards the nose with good width between. No tendency to squint.

Body: Medium in size. Long and svelte with a tight abdomen, firm and well muscled throughout.

Legs & Paws: Legs long and slim. Hind legs higher than the front legs. Legs to be firm and well muscled. Paws small and oval.

Tail: Long and tapering. Not blunt ended and free from any abnormality of the bone structure.

Coat: Very short and fine in texture. Glossy and close lying. Even and sound throughout in adults and free from any flakes of dead skin.

SCALE OF POINTS FOR ALL ORIENTALS EXCEPT THE FOREIGN WHITE
Type (50)
  Head & Neck15
  Ears5
  Eye Shape & Setting5
  Body15
  Legs & Paws5
  Tail5
Colour & Coat (50)50
Total100

(The scale of points for Colour & Coat appears at the end of the relevant section, i.e. Oriental Selfs, Oriental Non-Selfs other than Tabbies, Oriental Tabbies)

GENERAL ORIENTAL WITHHOLDING FAULTS

Withhold all awards for:

  1. Visible kink.
  2. White markings anywhere, other than those referred to in the colour description.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Weak chin and/or uneven bite.
  2. Any abnormality of the bone structure of the tail.
  3. Incorrect eye colour or any fleck of a different colour in the eye.
  4. Coat long, open or coarse in texture.
  5. Lack of two normal scrotal testicles in un-neutered male adults and kittens.
  6. Any defect as listed in the preface to the GCCF SOP booklet.


ORIENTAL SELFS

HAVANA (29) (Championship status)

HavanaEye Colour: Clear, bright vivid green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Rich warm chestnut brown. Not dark or cold toned.

Nose Leather & Eye Rims: Brown or pinkish-brown.

Paw Pads: Solid brown or solid pinkish-brown.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not rich warm chestnut brown to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. Rusty or other shadings in the coat.
  4. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL LILAC (29c) (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Clear, bright, vivid green with no flecks of contrasting colour

Coat Colour: Frosty grey with a distinct pinkish tone, giving an overall appearance of lilac. Colour too blue or too fawn is a fault.

Nose Leather & Eye Rims: Pinkish lilac.

Paw Pads: Solid pinkish lilac.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not frosty pinkish-grey to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. Rusty or other shadings or a dull dark appearance to the coat.
  4. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL BLACK (37) (Championship status)

Oriental BlackEye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Jet black to the roots. No rusty tinge in adults. No white hairs.

Nose Leather & Eye Rims: Solid black.

Paw Pads: Solid black or solid brown.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not black to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. Rusty or other shadings in the coat.
  4. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL BLUE (37a) (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Light to medium blue to the roots. Free from silvery tipping. No white hairs.

Nose Leather & Eye Rims: Solid blue.

Paw Pads: Solid blue in adults. Pinkish blue allowable in kittens.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not blue to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. Rusty or other shadings in the coat.
  4. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL RED (37d) (Championship status)

Oriental RedEye Colour: Any shade of green, the more vivid the better, with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Rich warm red, level in colour. Tabby markings may be evident, especially in kittens, and should not penalise an otherwise good cat. Hair red to the roots. No white hairs.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Pink.
Note: "Freckles" may appear on nose, pads, lips, eye rims and ears. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Coat white at roots.
  2. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL CREAM (37f) (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Any shade of green, the more vivid the better, with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Cool toned cream, level in colour. Tabby markings may be evident, especially in kittens, and should not penalise an otherwise good cat. Hair cream to the roots. No white hairs.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Pink.
Note: "Freckles" may appear on nose, pads, lips, eye rims and ears. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Coat white at roots.
  2. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL APRICOT (37fn) (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Any shade of green, the more vivid the better, with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Hot cream with a soft metallic sheen which becomes more noticeable with maturity. Tabby markings may be evident, especially in kittens, and should not penalise an otherwise good cat. Hair coloured to the roots. No white hairs.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Pink.
Note: "Freckles" may appear on nose, pads, lips, eye rims and ears. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Coat white at roots.
  2. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL CINNAMON (37k) (Championship status)

Oriental CinnamonEye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Warm cinnamon brown, coloured to the roots. No white hairs.

Nose Leather & Eye Rims: Cinnamon brown.

Paw Pads: Pink to cinnamon brown.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not warm cinnamon brown to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL CARAMEL (37n) (Provisional status)

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Dark brownish grey (for blue based) or a warmer brownish grey (for lilac/fawn based), coloured to the roots. No white hairs. All caramels should display a metallic sheen irrespective of their colour base, but it maybe less evident in kittens.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Browish grey.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not brownish grey to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL FAWN (37r) (Provisional status)

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: Warm rosy mushroom, coloured to the roots. The pinker the better, colour too blue or cold is a fault. No white hairs.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Pinkish fawn.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Colour not warm rosy mushroom to the roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


SCALE OF POINTS FOR ALL SELF COLOURS (except the Foreign White)
Type (50) see general Oriental standard50
Colour & Coat (50)
  Eye Colour15
  Coat Colour30
  Coat Texture5
Total100


ORIENTAL NON-SELFS OTHER THAN TABBIES

ORIENTAL TORTOISESHELLS (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour.

Coat Colour: The base colour in all Oriental Torties should be coloured to the roots and free from tabby markings. This base colour is patched and/or mingled at random with shades of red/cream/apricot which may show tabby markings. The head, body, tail and all four legs need not be evenly patterned but all must show some break in colour. Presence or absence of a blaze is immaterial.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: Plain or patched, in accordance with the base colour and/or pink.

ORIENTAL TORTIE (BLACK) (37e): Jet black with shades of dark and/or light red.

BLUE ORIENTAL TORTIE (37g): Light to medium blue with shades of cream and/or pale cream.

CHOCOLATE ORIENTAL TORTIE (37h): Rich warm chestnut brown with shades of dark and/or light red.

LILAC ORIENTAL TORTIE (37j): Frosty grey with a distinct pinky tone with shades of cream and/or pale cream.

Cinnamon Tortie kittenCINNAMON ORIENTAL TORTIE (37m): Warm cinnamon brown with shades of dark and/or light red.

CARAMEL ORIENTAL TORTIE (37p): Dark brownish grey (for blue based) or a warmer brownish grey (for lilac/fawn based) with shades of apricot, showing a metallic sheen.

FAWN ORIENTAL TORTIE (37y): Warm rosy mushroom with shades of rich and/or paler cream.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Base colour not sound to roots.
  2. Scattered white hairs.
  3. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


Chocolate Oriental SmokeORIENTAL SMOKE (42 - 42y) (Championship status)

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour. In Red and Cream Smokes the eye colour may be less intense.

Coat Colour: Any colour accepted in Oriental Shorthairs with a near-white undercoat, which should be approximately one third to two thirds of the total hair length in adults. The degree of contrast on the head and face should match the body as closely as possible and too much silver giving the appearance of clear tabby markings is undesirable. Some faint ghost tabby markings may be evident on the body, especially in kittens, but distinct tabby markings in adults are undesirable.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: In accordance with the basic colour.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Scattered white hairs.
  2. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


ORIENTAL SHADED (43 - 43ys) (Championship status)

Tortie Silver ShadedEye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour. In Red and Cream Shaded the eye colour may be less intense.

Pattern: The Oriental Shaded is an agouti cat in which the dark colour is restricted to the ends of the hairs; this darker portion of the hair may vary from tipping to medium-heavy shading but must not extend to more than half the hair length on the sides in adults. Heavier shading may or may not be apparent on the back. The tabby pattern, which may be Ticked, Spotted, Mackerel or Classic, may show clearly on the surface of the coat in kittens but should become less distinct as the lighter under-colour extends up the hair shaft with maturity. The more heavily shaded adults may still show some superficial broken tabby pattern, especially on the back and sides; this pattern may be more noticeable in standard varieties than in silver varieties. Cats with a classic pattern may appear darker because the pattern area is greater. The head, legs and tail may show tabby markings of varying clarity depending on the degree of shading.

Coat Colour: Shaded or tipped with any colour accepted in Oriental Shorthairs. The shading should be the same colour as the pattern area of the equivalent colour of Oriental Tabby; in Silver colours the shading may be reduced in intensity. The under-colour should be free from ticking. In Standard colours it should be pale warm toffee coloured in Black, Chocolate and Cinnamon Shaded, cream in Red Shaded, cool toned beige in Blue, Lilac and Caramel Shaded, pale mushroom in Fawn Shaded and near white in Cream and Apricot Shaded. In Silver colours the under-colour should be as pale a silver as possible. Tarnishing, i.e. discolouration of the silver, is undesirable.

Nose Leather, Eye Rims & Paw Pads: As in the equivalent colour of Oriental Tabby.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Clear dense tabby markings on the body in adults.
  2. White areas of fur extending to the throat or muzzle in standard colours only.
  3. General Oriental withholding faults.

Scale of Points


SCALE OF POINTS FOR ORIENTAL NON-SELFS OTHER THAN TABBIES
Type (50) see general Oriental standard50
Colour & Coat (50)
  Eye Colour15
  Coat Colour & Pattern30
  Coat Texture5
Total100


ORIENTAL TABBIES

ORIENTAL SPOTTED TABBY (38 - 38ys) (Championship status)

ORIENTAL CLASSIC TABBY (41 - 41ys) (Championship status)

ORIENTAL MACKEREL TABBY (44 - 44ys) (Championship status)

ORIENTAL TICKED TABBY (45 - 45ys) (Championship status)

General: The tabby pattern is formed by markings of the solid pattern colour on a background of agouti hairs. The pattern colour in Standard Tabbies should be that of the equivalent coloured Oriental Self or Tortie. In Silver Tabbies the pattern colour may lack warmth and this should not be penalised. The pattern colour in Spotted, Classic and Mackerel Tabbies should match on head, body, legs and tail. There should be no speckling of agouti hairs in the markings and a pattern which consists of dark agouti on a light agouti background is incorrect and must be penalised. In Ticked Tabbies the pattern colour on head, legs and tail should match the ticking colour on the body.

In Standard Tabbies the markings should be dense to the roots and in Silver Tabbies they should extend well down the hair. The markings should show good contrast with the ground colour but in dilute colours the contrast between the markings and the ground colour is less than that required in non-dilute colours. In Tortie Tabbies the distribution of tortie markings is immaterial.

In Silver Tabbies tarnishing, i.e. discolouration of the silver ground colour, is undesirable.

Head Markings: On the forehead there should be a letter "M" extending to form a beetle shaped "scarab" marking running back between the ears. There should be unbroken lines running from the outer corners of the eyes and there should be pencillings on the cheeks. Thumb prints on the ears are desirable. In Ticked Tabbies the head markings may be reduced in intensity and/or extent or absent. The Oriental Tabby has a tendency to white in the immediate area of the lips and lower jaw. It is a serious fault if this extends to the throat and/or muzzle in Standard Tabbies but silvery white colour on the throat and/or muzzle in Silver Tabbies is not a fault.

Leg Markings: The legs should be barred in Classic and Mackerel Tabbies, barred and/or spotted in Spotted Tabbies. The barring should extend from the body marking to the toes. In Ticked Tabbies the bars may be reduced in intensity and/or extent or absent. The pattern colour should extend well up the back of the hind legs.

Tail Markings: Ringed in Spotted and Mackerel Tabbies, wider rings in Classic Tabbies. In Ticked Tabbies the rings may be reduced in intensity and/or extent or absent. There should be a solid tip of the pattern colour except in Red, Cream and Apricot tabbies where the tip may be pale.

Oriental Spotted TabbyBody Markings:

Spotted Pattern: On the neck and upper chest there should be broken or unbroken necklaces, the more the better. Lines running from the top of the head down the back of the neck should break into spots on the shoulders and along the spine. Kittens may show a rather solid spine line but evidence of breaking into spots is desirable. A solid spine line in adult cats is a serious fault. The spots may vary in size but should be round and evenly distributed. Spots should not run together into a broken Mackerel striped pattern in any part of the coat.

Oriental Classic TabbyClassic Pattern: On the neck and upper chest there should be unbroken necklaces, the more the better. One of the lines running from the top of the head down the back of the neck should extend to the shoulder markings which should be shaped like a butterfly when viewed from above; both upper and lower wings should be clearly defined in outline with dots inside this outline. On the back there should be a line running down the spine from the butterfly to the tail and there should be a stripe on each side of this, running parallel to it. These three stripes should be separated from each other by stripes of the ground colour. On each flank there should be a large solid oyster or blotch, which should be surrounded by one or more unbroken rings. The ground colour and markings should be evenly balanced except on the belly which should be predominantly lighter with spotted markings. The markings on each side should match as closely as possible.


Mackerel Pattern: On the neck and upper chest there should be unbroken necklaces, the more the better. One of the lines running from the top of the head down the back of the neck should extend as a narrow unbroken line to the base of the tail. On either side of this should be a broken spine line from which the narrow lines which form the Mackerel Pattern run vertically down the body; these lines should be as narrow and numerous as possible. Ground colour and markings should be evenly balanced.

Ticked Pattern: On the neck and upper chest there may be a necklace, broken or unbroken. The body should be free from spots, stripes or blotches, except for darker dorsal shading. The lighter belly may show tabby markings. The coat should be evenly ticked with the pattern colour, with double, or preferably treble, ticking. i.e. two or three bands of each colour on each hair.

COLOUR DESCRIPTION FOR ALL TABBY PATTERNS

Eye Colour: Green with no flecks of contrasting colour. In Red and Cream Tabbies the eye colour may be less intense.

Nose Leather: As in the equivalent self or tortie colour or pink rimmed with the self or tortie colour.

Eye Rims & Paw Pads: As in the equivalent self or tortie colour. Note: In Red and Cream Tabbies "Freckles" may appear on nose, pads, lips, eye rims and ears. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.

Coat Colour:

BROWN: Markings jet black. Ground warm coppery brown.

BLUE: Markings light to medium blue. Ground cool beige.

CHOCOLATE: Markings rich warm chestnut brown. Ground warm bronze.

LILAC: Markings frosty grey with a distinct pinkish tone. Ground beige.

RED: Markings rich warm red. Ground paler bright red.

TORTIE: Markings jet black with red. Ground warm coppery brown with pale red.

CREAM: Markings cool toned cream. Ground paler cream.

APRICOT: Markings hot cream with a soft metallic sheen. Ground pale apricot.

BLUE TORTIE: Markings light to medium blue with cream. Ground cool beige with pale cream.

CHOCOLATE TORTIE: Markings rich warm chestnut brown with red. Ground warm bronze with pale red.

LILAC TORTIE: Markings frosty grey with a distinct pinkish tone with cream. Ground beige with pale cream.

CINNAMON: Markings warm cinnamon brown. Ground warm light cinnamon.

CINNAMON TORTIE: Markings warm cinnamon brown with red. Ground warm light cinnamon with pale red.

CARAMEL: Markings browish grey with a metallic sheen. Ground beige.

CARAMEL TORTIE: Markings browish grey with a metallic sheen with apricot. Ground beige with pale apricot.

FAWN: Markings warm rosy mushroom. Ground warm pale mushroom.

FAWN TORTIE: Markings warm rosy mushroom with rich cream. Ground warm pale mushroom with pale cream.

BLACK SILVER: Markings black. Ground silver.

BLUE SILVER: Markings blue. Ground pale blue-silver.

CHOCOLATE SILVER: Markings chocolate. Ground pale chocolate-silver.

LILAC SILVER: Markings lilac. Ground pale lilac- silver.

RED SILVER: Markings red. Ground pale red-silver.

TORTIE SILVER: Markings black with red. Ground silver with pale red-silver.

CREAM SILVER: Markings cream. Ground pale cream-silver.

APRICOT SILVER: Markings hot cream with a soft metallic sheen. Ground pale apricot-silver.

BLUE TORTIE SILVER: Markings blue with cream. Ground pale blue-silver with pale cream-silver.

CHOCOLATE TORTIE SILVER: Markings chocolate with red. Ground pale chocolate-silver with pale red-silver.

LILAC TORTIE SILVER: Markings lilac with cream. Ground pale lilac- silver with pale cream-silver.

CINNAMON SILVER: Markings cinnamon. Ground pale cinnamon-silver.

CINNAMON TORTIE SILVER: Markings cinnamon with red. Ground pale cinnamon-silver with pale red-silver.

CARAMEL SILVER: Markings browish grey with a metallic sheen. Ground pale beige-silver.

CARAMEL TORTIE SILVER: Markings browish grey with a metallic sheen with apricot. Ground pale beige-silver with pale apricot-silver.

FAWN SILVER: Markings mushroom. Ground pale mushroom-silver.

FAWN TORTIE SILVER: Markings mushroom with cream. Ground pale mushroom-silver with pale cream-silver.

SCALE OF POINTS FOR ALL ORIENTAL TABBIES
Type (50) see general Oriental standard50
Colour & Coat (50)
  Eye Colour10
  Coat Colour (pattern & ground)15
  Pattern Shape & Clarity20
  Coat Texture5
Total100

WITHHOLDING FAULTS FOR ALL ORIENTAL TABBIES

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Agouti hair in markings (except in Ticked Tabbies).
  2. Incorrect pattern shape.
  3. Lack of pattern contrast and clarity (except in Ticked Tabbies).
  4. Colour in tabby pattern areas showing light roots (except Ticked Tabbies and Silver Tabbies).
  5. White areas of fur extending to throat and muzzle except in Silver Tabbies.
  6. Incorrect pattern colour or ground colour.
  7. Solid spine line in adults (Spotted and Ticked Tabbies).
  8. Visible tabby pattern on body (Ticked Tabbies only).
  9. General Oriental withholding faults.


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