This beautiful, intelligent, and agile cat with a doglike devotion comes in two unusual color versions.
These variations of the Oriental Shorthair are rare because it has proved difficult for breeders to produce their subtle colors. The first Cinnamon was a kitten born in coat the 1960s to a male Abyssinian and a female seal point Siamese.
The attractive and unusual shade of this kitten’s coat—a lighter, reddish-tinged version of the rich brown Oriental solid-coloring known as Havana—inspired its breeder to develop a new line.
Fawn Orientals, which were developed slightly later, are an even more diluted brown and their coats have a mushroom-pink or rosy tint, especially when seen in sunlight.
Origin: UK, 1960s
Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA
Weight range: 9–14 lb (4–6.5 kg)
Colors and patterns: Cinnamon and fawn with no trace of white.