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  1. Jack has a lovely, intelligent looking face, but for me his head seems out of proportion to his body. Maybe that’s due to the way these shots have been set up?

    Jack’s coat is a beautiful colour. As his tail plume has hints of chocolate, my guess for his coat colour is lilac, which is the dilute version of chocolate. I’m also wondering whether he would be classed as tortoiseshell, as there appears to be a subtle, mottled pattern on his body.

    • Jack is a solid color but the faint markings are called ghost tabby marking. They are often apparent in lighter solid colors. Most cats develop a clear coat as they mature. All cats are truly tabbies and it shows in the strangest ways.

  2. As much as I love all cats, I find orientals to be unsightly.
    Ofcourse, I would love one, simply, knowing that they are a cat. Or, are they a rat?
    But, they are man made, related to the Siamese. Unforgivable to me.
    Until people stop promoting this bizarre breeding by not demanding and, most importantly, by not paying it will never stop.
    I don’t really understand what glorification such a cat would be for any human.
    There are much, much more beautiful cats in shelters.

    • Siamese related cats are not for everyone but for me they are IT. I have worked in shelters and been a vet tech for over 30 years. I have not seen a single cat that I consider more beautiful than the Siamese. Jack is a wonderful example of the breed type. As you may have guessed I also show this breed and they have looked like jack for the last 20 years. You are entitled to your opinion but so Am I.

  3. Thanks for sharing this image. I’ve never seen a cat like this. Helmi is such a gifted photographer!

      • You are so correct on the rare part very few breeders work with the Oriental Longhair. They are hard work every time you outcross to Siamese or OSH you get all shorthairs. These then need to be bred back to more longhairs or LH carriers. Most people don’t have the patience for the 2 or more step process to have cats like Jack. Also of the breeders working in OLH most are doing non solid colors (tabby,tortie, and whites). So Jack is truly a rarity even in the cat fancy.

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