Remembered about catfishes only in the 60s, British and American breeders, carried away by the externalization of the external appearance of animals. Initially, the breeders planned to breed another variety of the Siamese cat, which would have a uniform coat color but would not lose the grace of its lines. To achieve this goal, orientals began to cross with Abyssinians and other short-haired breeds.
By the way, the first set of breed characteristics, developed for overseas murks, was almost completely copied from the Siamese standard (with the exception of the items "body" and "colors"). But in Britain, they were in no hurry to celebrate Asian catfishes, and for a long 20 years, they looked closely at them, scrupulously weighing all the pros and cons. As a result, the English eared dogs were able to become an independent breed only in 1997, after the official recognition of the GCCF.
A distinctive feature of these charismatic kitties is the phenomenal plasticity of movements, thanks to which even the usual stretching in their performance turns into a full-fledged yoga master class. According to the type of coat, Oriental Shorthairs are divided into short-haired and long-haired. The last variety was born in the 60s of the last century as a result of crossing a shorthaired oriental with a Balinese (Balinese cat). As an independent breed, the Oriental Long-haired was introduced in 1977, however, it was able to confirm its solvency at exhibition competitions only in 1997.