Among 170+ cat breeds, the names of 8 start with an ‘O’. Let’s list them and discuss them one by one!
Here’s a list of 8 cat breeds with their names starting from the letter “O”. This group contains some of the most famous cat breeds including the Ocicat, the Oriental Shorthair, the Original Longhair, and others.
There are more than 175 known breeds of the domestic cats in the world. For a better understanding, we have divided cat breeds into groups according to their names. The list goes in an alphabetical order.
For cats other than those who start with an “O”, you can go to our main page, or go directly go to your desired alphabet by following the below links.
Now, let’s move to the list:
1. The Ocicat or The Accicat
The famous Ocicat is a medium (7-15 pounds) cat breed from the United States. It is the 20th most popular cat on the CFA’s list. It is developed by a cross between the Abyssinian and the Siamese, and then backcrossing the offspring with the Siamese. They look very powerful; especially kittens resemble the cubs of wild cats. These cats have short hair coat with more than 5 colors. They are very friendly, interactive, gentle and playful. They are also low maintenance, pet-friendly, and child-friendly. The name was chosen due to their resemblance to the wild Ocelot cats.
2. The Ojos Azules
“Ojos Azules” means ‘Blue Eyes’ in Spanish. The Ojos Azules is a new cat breed from the United States. It comes in both shorthair and longhair verities. This breed came into existence due to a genetic mutation, causing their eyes to be blue, without any relation to the coat color (normally only solid white, mostly-white or colorpoint cats have blue eyes). Cats of this breed come in almost every coat color, with their characteristic blue eyes. They are easy to groom and have excellent pet qualities.
3. The Oregon Rex
The Oregon Rex, one of the several domestic cat breeds with the rex coat variation, also originates from the United States. It is medium-large (up to 16 pounds) in size, with curly and silky shorthair coat. These cats come in a wide variety of colors and combinations. They are active, social, friendly and playful. These hypoallergenic cats were very popular in 1950-60s. Later, they merged with other Rex types due to crossbreeding. But now there are increasing interests in this breed again.
4. The Oriental Bicolor
Any Oriental type cat, having white areas on its coat, comes under the Oriental Bicolor. Originating from the United States, this breed has cats of both shorthair and longhair varieties. It comes in all color patterns, including colorpoint. They have tapering, whip-like tail, and slender body. Eyes are mostly green, sometimes blue. These are hypoallergenic cats with excellent pet qualities. They are intelligent, interactive, loyal, social, pet-friendly and child-friendly.
5. The Oriental Longhair
The Oriental Longhair is a small-medium (7-10 pounds) cat breed with long, oriental-type body and silky longhair coat. These are generally healthy, low-maintenance and active cats. This breed from the United States comes in bicolor or tabby patterns. These cats are pet-friendly and child-friendly. In addition, highly adaptive, intelligent, loyal and playful. Despite their longhair coats and constant shedding, these cats are hypoallergenic.
6. The Oriental Shorthair or The Oriental
The Oriental is placed on the 10th number in the CFA’s list of most popular cats. It is a small-medium (5-10 pounds) breed from the United States, with fine and glossy shorthair coat. These cats are very energetic, intelligent, social, playful and curious. They have a long, muscular oriental-type body, with tapering whip-like tails. They come in with 300 colors and patterns. These cats are hypoallergenic, with low maintenance requirements. The Oriental is closely related to the Siamese cat, and, thus, have a body similar to that of the Siamese.
7. The Original Longhair, The Doll Face Persian, The Classic Persian, The Old-Fashioned Persian, The Long-nosed Persian, The Old-style Longhair, The Traditional Longhair or The Persian (Traditional)
“Traditional Persian” is the name used for the original breed of the Persian cats from Iran, without the development of their extreme features. As the breeding standards change over time, the Persian cats develop Flat Faces over time due to some genetic mutations. But the Traditional Persian is still being bred separately. Some of the major cat registries recognize them as a separate breed, while others consider them a variety of the Persian breed.
8. The Owyhee Bob (and The Mountain Bob)
The Owyhee Bob is a relatively new cat breed from the United States, developed by crossing the Manx with the Siamese. It comes in both short hair and long hair, as well as a semi-longhair variety. Similarly, these cats may be tailless or have a bobtail or part-tail. Some of them have a unique color pattern, known as the Snow Marble. These cats are of medium-large (8-16 pounds) size with good pet qualities. The Mountain Bobs are identical, but with non-colorpoint colors, in all patterns.