Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair is a medium sized breed of cat that descends from the Persian. The difference however between them and the Persian is that they have shorthair! The Exotic was created in the 1960s by crossing a Persian cat with an American Shorthair. The result was a short haired Persian which maintained its Persian characteristics. This breed is relatively new and Exotic Shorthairs can have long haired kittens. Long haired kittens are classed by most cat associations as Persians not Exotic Shorthairs!


The Exotic maintains all its Persian characteristics with the exception of a short dense fur coat. They are medium sized with large and solid bones. They have large round heads in comparison to their medium sized body with large round shaped eyes. Although classed as a shorthair, an Exotics coat is longer than most other short haired breeds and are dense to touch. Exotics still need to be groomed at least weekly but not as excessively as their Persian cousins.


This breed comes in all known recognized Persian colours


This a stunning breed and if you like Persians but don’t have the time to commit to the extensive grooming this breed may be the breed for you. The Exotic is friendly, affectionate and expressive by nature and will make a fantastic household pet. They are calm, gentle and get along very well with people, other cats and some dogs. Exotics can quite easily become the stereotypical lap cat.

Health Issues

Like the Persian Breed Exotics can be prone to kidney problems due to the gene that causes Polycystic Kidney Disease. This disease also known as PKD is often bred out of certain lines and normally cats identified with this disease are neutered or spayed.

The Cat Guide Score Card

Appearance 5/5

★ Grooming Maintenance 4/5

★ Distress if Left Alone 4/5

★ Distress if Kept in Doors 1/5

★ Activity Levels 2/5


The Exotic Breed is a beautiful cat breed with a loving affectionate personality. This is a great breed to have if you have the time to maintain there beautiful coats which ideally you should devote at least 15 minutes a day to. If you do not have time to do this then this breed is not recommended as their fur will get matted which can cause both you and your cat stress.

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