Love the Persian’s sweet, docile personality, but maybe not so in love with all the fur? The endearing Exotic Shorthair is a peaceful, easygoing companion who will be content to quietly follow you around and sit in your lap for petting whenever you give him a chance.
A Persian in a Petticoat is a common phrase used to describe the Exotic Shorthair, as well as the
“Lazy Man’s Persian.”
He’s a relatively new breed, but in that short time, his adorable face and charming demeanor have brought him into the hearts and homes of many a cat lover. Let’s get to know this friendly, flat-faced feline.
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Exotic Shorthair History
10. The history of this breed only dates back to the 1950s. American Shorthairs were bred with Persians to obtain better coats and the coloring of the Persians. Burmese and Russian Blues were also later brought in with the intent of obtaining the short-haired fur gene.
The eventual result was a cat with the same features and personality as the Persian but wrapped in a short, plush, easy-care, tangle-free coat.
The cross, which had originally been intended to bring the Persian’s striking silver color and green eyes to the American Shorthair, was controversial at first. Still, some Persian breeders became intrigued by the new look and began cooperating in developing what became known as the Exotic.
Today, the Cat Fanciers Association refers to the cat as “the Exotic,” whereas other cat organizations worldwide still call him the Exotic Shorthair.
9. Why call the breed the Exotic? Cat Fanciers originally proposed the new breed take the name the “Sterling,” since the original breed standard called for silver color.
However, the cat was named the Exotic Shorthair instead, because the grayish coloring was new and “exotic” among American Shorthairs. Eventually, the breed standard opened up to include cats of all colors and patterns.
8. Exotic Shorthairs come in all patterns and colors, ranging from black, white, blue, and tabby to Calico and a Siamese-like colorpoint coat. As for their eyes, they range from either blue or blue-green to brilliant copper, depending on the cat’s coat.
Exotic Shorthair Personality
7. Like the Persian, the Exotic is sweet, docile, and quiet, but don’t get the impression that he is merely a fuzzy ornament. When not sitting on a lap, blissfully, he loves to play.
The Exotic has a reputation for being more active, playful, and curious than his Persian cousin and is more suited to an active family.
He enjoys batting at toys for as long as you will play with him but can entertaining himself when you are busy or away.
He will follow faithfully after family members and wait patiently for any attention to come his way. An Exotic’s needs are simple: regular meals, a little playtime, and lots of love.
6.. This breed is divided into two categories: extreme or traditional.
Most Exotic Shorthairs seen at cat shows are called Extreme Exotics. The Extreme Exotics have flatter faces with very tiny noses and large eyes, like a teddy bear.
Traditional Exotics’ faces are not as flat, and their noses extend enough to have a short snout.
For those Exotics with the trademark flat-faced Persian look, experts suggest daily wiping in folds and creases around the eyes and nose to keep them clean and the cat healthy.
The Exotic can also experience sinus issues or problems with tooth alignment due to his shortened jaw. And because of his short nostrils and heavy coat, he’s susceptible to heat.
Sturdy and ROUND
5. The word round is key when speaking of this breed. The Exotic is a sturdy cat with short legs and a compact body. From his rounded head, rounded bodies, and large round eyes, the term “round” is the best way to describe the adorably precious Exotic cat.
Adding to his roundness is his “linebacker’s neck.” Although the Exotic is a medium-sized cat, he has an enormous, round head that sits atop an equally thick neck.
The Exotic can weigh up to 15 pounds, but most of this weight is due to his dense bones—not because he’s actually fat.
Fun fact: An Exotic Shorthair inspired Garfield, everyone’s favorite cartoon fat car. However, most Exotics are far friendlier and not as lazy as the cartoon kitty.
The Internet Loves Exotic
4. Two of the Internet’s favorite cats are Exotic Shorthairs – Pudge the Cat and Snoopybabe. Pudge the Cat is a fierce female rocking a mustache who hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Snoopybabe, or Snoopy, is a photogenic male taking over Instagram from the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of China.
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3. While he is very affectionate and loving towards his family, the Exotic is not comfortable around people he doesn’t know. It takes the Exotic Shorthair a while to warm up to strangers, so be patient if your household is constantly active with people coming and going. He can adjust to change. He needs a little time to do so.
2. He’s popular, and with all his charm, he should be. The Exotic is the second most popular cat breed, according to the Cat Fancier’s Association’s annual ranking.
He is second only to his parent breed, the Persian. The Exotic has held the same position for a few years, solidifying his status as a favorite among cat breeds.
1. When compared with other cats with long hair, grooming is quite easy for the Exotic. You can comb him once a week for removing loose hair from his thick coat.
As we said earlier, remember to wipe out the debris from his eyes regularly to prevent eye stains. Bathing him would not be a problem owing to his short glittering hair. Maintain good dental hygiene by brushing him daily. He is a plush doll and is not safe for outdoor activities. He can be bitten by other cats or dogs or sometimes can get stolen. He’s a looker, not a fighter.
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