This kitty has it all! The Exotic Shorthair is exceptionally beautiful and has wonderful personalities. This breed is the second most popular breed out there and for good reason.





          The Exotic cat was originally created in the United States in the early 1960’s by crossing Domestic Shorthairs with Persians, although some have since been out-crossed with Burmese, Russian Blues or Himalayans.  They are sometimes known as the “Lazy Man’s Persian” because they have the look of a Persian, but the grooming requirements are significantly less than that for a full Persian cat.

          The Exotic is a medium to large sized cat, with weights ranging from 7 to 14 lbs. It has a stocky build with short, heavy legs, large round eyes and head, small snub nose, and chubby cheeks, giving it an incredibly sweet expression. The coat is extremely thick and plush, but shorter and easier to care for in both the short- and long-haired versions of the Exotic breed. The coat can be any color and/or pattern, and regular brushings, with some extra attention during shedding season, will keep the coat beautiful and mat-free. The Exotics are generally healthy and long-lived, but are prone to some of the eye and sinus issues, such as excessive tearing of the eyes, and sinusitis found in the Persian due to their flatter face.

            If you love the look of the Persian but don’t want the hassle of grooming your kitten every day then the exotic shorthair is the way to go! The exotic shorthair coat is extremely easy to care for and they are completely adorable! The exotic shorthairs are also a bit more livelier than the Persians, making them a funnier kitten to have. This super easy, fun loving, lap cat, is a great family addition. The exotic shorthair can come in many patterns and colors such as silver, golden, solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, bicolor, and particolored.

 Exotics have a placid, affectionate nature, but are more playful and inquisitive than Persians, and can have a tendency to chew on whatever item they are interested in. These attributes provide a nicely balanced personality, being quiet, calm kitties, but with a bit more liveliness.  They are really good with children and other animals, making them a wonderful choice for a family pet.





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Characteristic Rating Description
Affectionate with Owners 9 Extremely Affectionate With Owner
Attention Requirements 8 Desires Frequent Attention
Compatibility with children 8 Good With Children
Compatibility with other pets 8 Accepting of Other Pets
Docile / Gentle / & Compliant 10 Extremely Sweet, Laid Back, Mellow, and Gentle
Frequency of Health Issues 3 Some Health Issues and Concerns
Frequency of Vocalization 2 Extremely Quiet and Not Vocal
Level of Activity 1 Extremely Low Activity
Level of Grooming Required 3 Very Little Grooming Required
Level of Independence 3 Not Independent, Prefers Companionship
Level of Intelligence 3 Lower Intelligence
Playful (Love Of Toys & Games) 6 Playful Sometimes


Characteristic Characteristic Description
General Appearance Should be a hevily boned, well balanced cat with soft round lines and a sweet expression.  Shares its body type with the Persian but without the long easily matted fur.
Body Style Body should be large to medium in size with a broad and deep chest that’s equally massive across the shoulders and rump with a well rounded midsection.  Should be cobby and low on the legs.
Coat Type Coat is medium in length, dense, soft, and plush.  It should stand out from the body because of a rich, thick undercoat.
Eye Shape and Color Eyes are round, large, and full set level and far apart.  They should give a sweet expression to the face.  Color depends on coat color.
Head Shape Head should be round and massive with a great breadth of skull.  Face should be round with underlying bone sturcture.  Nose is short, snubed and broad with a break centered between the eyes.  Jaws are broad and powerful with a full chin and full cheeks.
Ear Shape Ears are small with a rounded tip and tilted forward.  Not unduly open at the base and set far apart.
Tail Shape Tail is short but in proportion to the body length.
Available Colors All colors and patterns of the Persian including the pointed pattern that makes them resemeble a shorthaired Himalayan.
Show Disqualification Crossed eyes, deformity of the skull, deformity of the spine, locket or button.  For pointed cats any white toes or eye color other than blue.
Outcrosses Allowed Persian

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