Breed Information: Exotic Shorthair

Breed Description: At first glance, the strong and strapping compact build of the Exotic Shorthair is evident. This breed has a large, round head, big, round, wide-set eyes, a short nose and a dense, plush coat. The Exotic's legs are short and sturdy and it has a deep chest and muscular shoulders. This breed's build and teddy bear-like appearance suits its quiet, docile nature.

History & Origin: The Exotic was the result of trying to improve the quality of the American Shorthair Cat. A breeder who kept Persians and American Shorthairs produced a litter of kittens decidedly Persian in type, but with a shorter coat. Over time, word spread and a new breed started to develop. Burmese, Persians and American Shorthairs have all been used in developing the breed. Today, generally only Exotics and Persians are crossed and both shorthaired and long-haired types are found in most litters.

Character & Temperament: The Exotic Shorthair is a hardy, tranquil breed that is content with the comforts of home and gets along easily with children and other household pets. Exotics are intelligent and inquisitive and able to adapt well to most surroundings. They are playful and affectionate, and rarely use their soft, pleasant voice.


Color: All the colors typically found with Persians-nearly 100 different colors.

Coat Type: The Exotic's coat is soft and dense and stands out away from the body.

Grooming: This breed's coat can be kept in good conditions with a minimum of grooming. When the cat is shedding, use a rubber mitt or brush to gently loosen and remove dead hair. Claws should be trimmed and ears cleaned only when necessary.

Health Considerations: Susceptible to malformed jaws and teeth, breathing problems, and sinus problems. Queens may need help delivering kittens due to their large heads.

Trivia: When Exotic kittens are born, their coats start to develop by 4 to 6 weeks. The softer the hair, the more likely they will be long-haired. Physical growth is quick, sexual maturity is not.

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March 13, 20080 found this helpful

This is a picture of my Exotic Shorthair, Captain Jack Sparrow. He loves to sleep in the sink! As far as breed goes, Exotics are loving and easy to maintain. Just clean their eyes, and pet lots! Petting helps keep the shedding down and the cat happy! Love this breed!!!

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