Oriental - Smoke cat resting on a blue rug.

Oriental – Smoke Cat Breed

A combination of curiosity and intelligence, this striking Oriental is always prepared for a good chase.

In 1971, a cross between a shaded silver hybrid cat and a red-point Siamese produced a litter of kittens in mixed colors. One kitten, which had the coat pattern known as smoke, inspired breeders to create a new-look Oriental.

Each hair of a Smoke’s coat has two color bands. The top band may be either a solid color—including blue, black, red, and chocolate—or tortoiseshell; beneath this, the hair is very pale or white for at least one-third of its length.

The pale hair shows through the darker color and is particularly noticeable when the cat moves.

Origin: UK,1970s

Breed Registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight Range: 9–14 lb (4–6.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Oriental solid colors and tortie and patterns.