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It is tempting to describe the Exotic Shorthair Cat as simply a Persian with short hair, but while both breeds have amazingly flattened faces and superior lap-cat abilities,

today's Exotic shorthair is quite distinct from the Persian, not just in coat type but in personality.

Developed by crossing American and British Shorthairs with Persians in the early 1960's, the Exotic was recognized as a separate breed by the CFA in 1967.

The Exotic Shorthair has many of the advantages of the Persian cat, like the relaxed good nature, and classically sweet expression, but without the extreme upkeep that the full coat of the Persian demands.

This is the quintessential apartment cat, very neat, quiet, loving and adorable.

An excellent choice for those who want a sweet, warm-hearted companion who is easy on the eyes and relatively un-demanding


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These cats are sweet and loyal and make ideal indoor companions. Because it is quiet and enjoys gentle interaction, the Exotic Shorthair is an ideal choice for older folks living alone.

They are also not usually demanding of time and so may be a good choice for busy singles.

Of course the Exotic also makes a nice pet for families with considerate children, and revels in the comfort of a warm lap.

The exotic shorthair is a brachycephalic breed, meaning its skull and snout have become shortened over time, through selective matings.

All breeds of cats (and dogs) with this head shape have an assortment of challenges. Excessive tearing, difficulty breathing, dental problems and sinus issues may all occur.

At minimum, these cats should be kept inside as they tend to lack the savvy it takes to negotiate the great outdoors.

Most will require a daily cotton swab around the eyes and along any skin folds on the face. But many more serious health problems can be avoided by being vigilent in your selection of breeder, and meeting the parents of the kitten you are considering.

They have the round head, snub-nose and cobby body of the Persian, but because of the American Shorthair ancestry, the Exotic may be a little livelier and more playful than the Persian.

Exotic shorthair cats come in any color or pattern. The coat is dense with a plush undercoat. Shedding may be heavy and moderate grooming is desired.

These are chunky, medium-sized cats that have some breed-related health issues such as eye and sinus problems. The Exotic Shorthair cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a relatively popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed.  Exotic Shorthair Cat Facts

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Exotic shorthair kittens tend to adapt very quickly to their new environment. They are not as timid as they may appear, and will definitely do some exploring, but, in general, these are rather mellow and easy-going kittens.

Kitten-proofing is always advised, but show an Exotic shorthair kitten his foodbowl, his potty and a place to nap, and things will fall into place pretty quick.

These kittens look like miniature adults and, despite their small size, are slow growers, not reaching their adult height till almost a year sometimes. 

This is the quintessential lap-cat, and kittens will want to be on you!

Because this breed is becoming more popular, Exotic Shorthair breeders are not that hard to find, but many of these kittens, due to their head shape, must be delivered through Cesarean section, and those costs are passed usually make for a more expensive kitten.


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Head Shape: The head should be large and well-rounded and very broad. The face should be full and round with full jaws and well developed chin. The nose and muzzle are well-flattened with a pronounced break at the bridge where the forehead meets. The ears are small, round-tipped, and low-set. Wide-apart and often well-furnished.  fitting into the rounded contour of the head. The eyes are vital to the expression of the breed and must be very large, round, very wide-set, and of brilliant color.  All colors, but some body colors require certain eye colors.

Body and Tail: The body should be stocky, medium to large, longer than tall, deep and wide. The legs are short and powerful with plenty of quality bone. Well-formed, wide-set, straight front legs and large, round, well-knuckled paws. The tail is somewhat short and rounded at the tip, must not be whip-like.

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Coat: Short in length. Accepted colors are Seal or Blue Points with a body color of  cream, tan, beige, or near white in Blue Pointed cats. 

Pattern: As with the Persian, almost all colors and patterns are accepted, and the standards for each color are extensive.

Overall Appearance: This should be a wide-bodied, firm looking cat with a big, wide, open face and beautiful expression. These are sweet and lovely companions with even dispositions. Tractable and adaptable.


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  • Exotic Shorthair kittens occasionally have the long, flowing coat of their Persian ancestors, but the breed has its own unique personality and efforts are underway to have both long and short hair accepted in the show ring.

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