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 Oriental Breeds and Breed Numbers

A very wide variety of colours and patterns of Oriental Shorthair are recognised by GCCF.

With the exception of the Foreign White (35), Havana (29) and Oriental Lilac (29c), the numbering is quite simple:

37 - Selfs and Torties (non-agouti, non-silver)
42 - Smokes (non-agouti, silver)
38 - Spotted Tabby (agouti, silver and non-silver)
41 - Classic Tabby (agouti, silver and non-silver)
44 - Mackerel Tabby (agouti, silver and non-silver)
45 - Ticked Tabby (agouti, silver and non-silver)
43 - Shaded (agouti, silver and non-silver)

each followed by the letter which designates the colour.

Havanas, Lilacs and Whites were the first Oriental breeds and already had well-known breed numbers by the time the other Oriental breeds were recognised; they therefore retained these numbers although they are somewhat anomalous.

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 Non-agouti Oriental Breeds

Non-agouti: Oriental Selfs, Torties and Smokes
Oriental Selfs   Oriental Smokes (Non-Self)
Foreign White 35
Oriental Black 37 Black Oriental Smoke 42
Oriental Blue 37a Blue Oriental Smoke 42a
Havana 29 Chocolate Oriental Smoke 42b
Oriental Lilac 29c Lilac Oriental Smoke 42c
Oriental Red 37d Red Oriental Smoke 42d
Oriental Cream 37f Cream Oriental Smoke 42f
Oriental Apricot 37fn Apricot Oriental Smoke 42fn
Oriental Cinnamon 37k Cinnamon Oriental Smoke 42k
Oriental Caramel 37n Caramel Oriental Smoke 42n
Oriental Fawn 37r Fawn Oriental Smoke 42r
Oriental Torties (Non-Self)
Black Oriental Tortie 37e Black Tortie Oriental Smoke 42e
Blue Oriental Tortie 37g Blue Tortie Oriental Smoke 42g
Chocolate Oriental Tortie 37h Chocolate Tortie Oriental Smoke 42h
Lilac Oriental Tortie 37j Lilac Tortie Oriental Smoke 42j
Cinnamon Oriental Tortie 37m Cinnamon Tortie Oriental Smoke 42m
Caramel Oriental Tortie 37p Caramel Tortie Oriental Smoke 42p
Fawn Oriental Tortie 37y Fawn Tortie Oriental Smoke 42y

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 Agouti Oriental Breeds

Agouti: Oriental Tabbies and Shaded
Colour Spotted TabbyClassic TabbyMackerel TabbyTicked TabbyShaded
Brown (Black) 38 41 44 45 43
Blue 38a 41a 44a 45a 43a
Chocolate 38b 41b 44b 45b 43b
Lilac 38c 41c 44c 45c 43c
Red 38d 41d 44d 45d 43d
Tortie 38e 41e 44e 45e 43e
Cream 38f 41f 44f 45f 43f
Apricot 38fn 41fn 44fn 45fn 43fn
Blue Tortie 38g 41g 44g 45g 43g
Chocolate Tortie 38h 41h 44h 45h 43h
Lilac Tortie 38j 41j 44j 45j 43j
Cinnamon 38k 41k 44k 45k 43k
Cinnamon Tortie 38m 41m 44m 45m 43m
Caramel 38n 41n 44n 45n 43n
Caramel Tortie 38p 41p 44p 45p 43p
Fawn 38r 41r 44r 45r 43r
Fawn Tortie 38y 41y 44y 45y 43y
Black Silver 38s 41s 44s 45s 43s
Blue Silver 38as 41as 44as 45as 43as
Chocolate Silver 38bs 41bs 44bs 45bs 43bs
Lilac Silver 38cs 41cs 44cs 45cs 43cs
Red Silver 38ds 41ds 44ds 45ds 43ds
Tortie Silver 38es 41es 44es 45es 43es
Cream Silver 38fs 41fs 44fs 45fs 43fs
Apricot Silver 38fns 41fns 44fns 45fns 43fns
Blue Tortie Silver 38gs 41gs 44gs 45gs 43gs
Chocolate Tortie Silver 38hs 41hs 44hs 45hs 43hs
Lilac Tortie Silver 38js 41js 44js 45js 43js
Cinnamon Silver 38ks 41ks 44ks 45ks 43ks
Cinnamon Tortie Silver 38ms 41ms 44ms 45ms 43ms
Caramel Silver 38ns 41ns 44ns 45ns 43ns
Caramel Tortie Silver 38ps 41ps 44ps 45ps 43ps
Fawn Silver 38rs 41rs 44rs 45rs 43rs
Fawn Tortie Silver 38ys 41ys 44ys 45ys 43ys

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 Unacceptable Colours

The registration policy specifically bars any matings which could introduce the white spotting gene, the recessive white gloving gene which is seen in Birmans or the Burmese gene, so Orientals cannot be bred with Burmese or Tonkinese colour distribution.

(... and for those of you who know some of the old pedigrees, yes there are a few Burmese lurking there, plus Rex and just about everything else under the sun. The same goes for any breed if you trace it back far enough - either you find another breed, or an "unregistered" which could have been any pattern or variety or an import which, again, may have been hiding some very interesting recessive genes. However, these very rarely surface after so many generations.)

Oriental Bicolours are now being bred in the UK, but they cannot be used to breed non-Bicolour Orientals.


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