Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Blue, Copper, Hazel, Odd-eyed
White, Red, Cream, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Silver, Golden Cameo, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown, Lilac Cream, Calico
Solid color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Smoke, Shaded, Points
The Exotic Shorthair is very similar to the Persian breed, with a slightly different coat. The breed was developed by breeding Persians and Shorthairs in the early 50’s an eventually with Burmese breeds as well. The ultimate goal was a Persian with a much easier to care for coat.
The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1967 and called it the Exotic. In some circles they are referred to as the Exotic Shorthair to distinguish them from the Exotic Longhair breed. In the end, the breed is accepted and recognized by all the major cat breed associations.
The Exotic Shorthair loves to paw at toys for hours and are capable of playing for as long as you have energy. They will continue to play by themselves long after you’ve stopped as well. The Exotic Shorthair loves to follow around family members and patiently wait for their time to get attention. The Exotic Shorthair is a breed that’s seen but rarely heard. They do speak when it’s time for them to really get your attention, but as long as their basic needs are met, they should remain relatively quiet.
Similar to it’s genetic sibling, the Persian, they are very gentle and quiet cats that love a good amount of playing. If they don’t have a lap to nestle on or aren’t being rubbed, you’ll find them curiously batting toys around on the floor. Oddly enough, the Male Exotics are said to be much sweeter and more affectionate than females.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Exotic Shorthair is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
Comb the Exotic twice a week to remove dead hair and keep the coat shiny and healthy. A monthly bath is a good idea.
Excessive tearing can be a problem in this breed, so wipe the corners of the eyes clean daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
Exotics are adaptable and can do well in homes with children who treat them nicely. They also get along with cat-friendly dogs.