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Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed

Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed Information
Exotic Shorthair Cat

Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed Information

Exotic Shorthair cats were bred in the 1960s due to a demand for a cat similar to the Persian but with shorter hair. When first being bred, this is one of the cat breeds that met controversy, as Persian breeders saw it as an outrage that people wanted to change the breed but since then the breed has gained popularity. Despite their popularity, they are still not very common so they can be hard to find but it is well worth the search, especially since with the aid of the internet, exotic shorthair cats have become much easier to find.

This is one of the highly intelligent cat breeds, making them easy to train. Not only are exotic shorthair cats intelligent, but they are also inquisitive and loving. They generally love cuddling with their humans. Although as kittens exotic shorthairs can be very playful and energetic, as they get older, exotic shorthairs tend to mellow down and enjoy a quiet life, with the exception of a few hours a day which they spend playing like kittens. They get along well with other pets as their loving nature means that they prefer not to be left alone.

Exotic shorthair cats are usually very similar to Persians in appearance with the exception of their short fur. They generally have a large round head with rounded ears. This cat breed generally ranges in weight from about 8 to 13 pounds. Their eyes are usually a pure color (with color variations depending on the coat) and although their fur is shorter than that of Persians, it is still a little bit longer than the fur of other shorthaired cat breeds. In terms of color, they come in all the same shades as the Persian cat.

Exotic Shorthair Temperament

Exotic Shorthair cats are:
  • Playful.
  • Laid back.
  • Affectionate.
  • Gentle.
  • Loyal.

The Exotic Shorthair is an extremely popular, well loved cat. She has a very easy going nature, playful and curious and they need lots of company, if left alone they need a radio or tv left on for company. Here is a cat that is ideal for city dwellers and is happy to be homebound.


They are truly a lap cat and will often be found on their humans bed in the morning and always interested in whatever their humans are doing.

Where does the Exotic Shorthair come from?

The Exotic Shorthair originates from the US as a result of the popularity of the Persian breed. It was believed if the Persian was mixed with the American Shorthair it would retain the desired characteristics of the Persian but with the shorter more management coat of the American Shorthair. Though there was massive opposition to these breeds being mixed it became clear that the new breed would not only be accepted it was decided that it would be given its own category for competitions and was given its new name, Exotic Shorthair, the CFA awarded the breed championship status in 1967.

What type of Body does the Exotic Shorthair have i.e. coat, patterns etc?

The Exotic Shorthair body characteristics include:
  • Cobby (a short, compact body with broad shoulders and rump)
  • Short, thick tail.
  • Large round eyes set far apart.
  • Wide set, round, small ears.
  • Flat, extremely broad face.
  • Short snub nose with a sweet facial expression.
  • Like its Persian cousins the Exotic Shorthair comes in all the same colors and patterns.

History of the Exotic Shorthair?

The Exotic Shorthair originated in the US in the 1960’s. The result of very selective, careful breeding using the best Persian longhairs and American Shorthairs the aim, to breed a Persian cat in everything but a shorter more manageable coat the American Shorthair retains the same characteristics, colorings and patterns as the Persian.

Food the Exotic Shorthair eats?

The Exotic Shorthair will eat normal cat foods whether it’s a tined food or biscuit.


Is the Exotic Shorthair an indoor or outdoor cat?

The Exotic Shorthair is ideally suited to city dwellers and make ideal house cats.

Does the Exotic Shorthair have health problem?

The Exotic Shorthair, like its Persian cousin, will need particular attention to running eyes because of shortened tear ducts, breathing and sinus troubles due to the snub nose, abridged sinus cavities, dental problems and present in some of the Persian breed lines Polycystic kidney disease which can lead to renal failure. For more information about exotic shorthair cat breed, click here.

Exotic Shorthair Cat Facts


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