Oriental - Tortie cat laying on her back on the carpet.

Oriental – Tortie Cat Breed

This breed has a patterned coat and is affectionate, bold, and almost always playful.

According to an illustrated manuscript, The Cat Book Poems, which may date back to the old kingdom of Siam (Thailand), tortie (tortoiseshell) patterned Oriental cats have a long history.

Development of the modern Oriental Tortie began in the 1960s, with matings between solid-colored Orientals and red, tortie, and cream point Siamese. The breed eventually gained official recognition in the 1980s.

The Tortie coat comes in several ground colors mingled with contrasting patches of cream, or red and cream, depending on the base color. Due to the distribution of tortoiseshell genes, torties are nearly always females; the rare males are usually sterile.

Origin: UK, 1960s

Breed Registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight Range: 9–14 lb (4–6.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Ground colors are black, blue, chocolate, lilac, fawn, cinnamon, and caramel; tortoise shell pattern.