The Oriental resembles the Siamese in shape only. With more than 300 color and pattern options, the breed provides a owners a staggering number of choices: solid, smoke, shaded, parti-color, tabby in the four classical patterns, patched tabby, bi-color and recently a long-haired Oriental embodying all these as well, in every color possessed by cats.
In keeping with the traditions set down by the Siamese standard, Orientals are a lithe cat, long and lean. Though they appear slim, however, do not be fooled. The cat is quite muscular and not fragile. The head of the Oriental is wedge-shaped and in good proportion to the body. The body should be long and lithe, a precise combination of fine bones and good musculature. Hips should not be wider than the shoulders; with long slim legs ending in small, dainty and oval-shaped feet.
The coat of the Oriental, whether long or short, should lay close to the body and be silky. Eye color should be green, blue, or cross-eyed with even depth depending on the shade of coat.