[mandarin noir]


Standards GCCF du Mandarin (2003) 


Février 2004



Scale of points

Type 50 points
Head and Neck 15
Ears 5
Eye Shape and Setting 5
Body 15
Legs and Paws 5
Tail 5
Colour and Coat 50 points
Eye Colour 10
Coat Colour and Pattern 20
Coat Length, Texture and Condition 20
Total 100 points

General Type Standard

The Oriental Longhair should be a beautifully balanced animal with head and ears carried on a slender neck and with a long svelte body supported on fine legs and feet, with a long slender tail. The body, legs, feet, head and tail should all be in proportion, giving a well balanced appearance. The coat should be of medium length and fine and silky in texture. The expression should be alert and intelligent. The cat should be in excellent physical condition. The colours and patterns are those of the Oriental Shorthairs with the addition of the green-eyed and odd-eyed Whites.

Head and Neck

  • Head long and well proportioned with width between the ears and narrowing in perfectly straight lines to a fine muzzle and forming a balanced triangle with no break or pinch at the whiskers. The head and profile should be wedge-shaped, neither round nor pointed, avoiding exaggerated type. In profile the nose should be straight, free from any stop or dip, and the chin should be strong with a level bite. The tip of the chin should line up with the tip of the nose in the same vertical plane. The neck should be long and slender.


  • Large, pricked and wide at the base with their setting continuing the lines of the wedge.


  • Oriental in shape and slanting towards the nose with good width between. No tendency to squint.

Eye colour

  • Green in all colours except blue-eyed and odd-eyed whites, where they may be clear bright vivid blue or one green and one blue, with no flecks of contrasting colour.


  • Medium in size. Long, svelte and muscular; firm and well muscled throughout.

Legs and Paws

  • Legs long and slim. Hind legs higher than the front legs. The legs to be firm and well muscled. Paws small and oval.


  • Long and tapering. Not blunt ended. Free from any abnormality of the bone structure.


  • Medium long, fine and silky in texture without a woolly undercoat; glossy with no knots. A long coat should not be penalised provided that it is fine and silky. The tail should be plume-like. The ears may be tufted. The coat should lie flat along the body with the exception of the areas around the chin, neck, underside and tail, where there may be a tendency to frill, thereby disguising the underlying bone structure. By smoothing back the coat it is possible to study the lines of the body. The longer portions of the coat may show a tendency to wave. Oriental Longhairs do not normally achieve full coat until they are mature and allowance should be made for shorter coats in kittens.

Withhold all Awards for:

  1. Visible kink
  2. White markings anywhere, other than those referred to in the colour description.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for:

  1. Weak chin and/or uneven bite
  2. Coat woolly or coarse in texture
  3. Incorrect eye colour or any fleck of a different colour in the eye
  4. Lack of two normal scrotal testicles in un-neutered male adults and kittens
  5. Unsound coat on body of adults of self colours, torties and standard tabbies. (Longer areas of coat may show lightening in colour)
  6. Incorrect patter in non-self colours
  7. Any defect as listed in the preface to this SOP booklet.

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