Exotic Shorthair Breed Profile

Exotic ShorthairThe Exotic Shorthair is a relative newcomer to the cat fancy originating in the United States in the 1960’s. It is basically a shorthaired Persian. The breed is the result of crossing American Shorthairs with Persian cats. Later other breeds were used as outcrosses including Burmese and Abyssinians. The only allowable outcross for the Exotic Shorthair now is the Persian. Due to the fact that they are outcrossed to Persians, most litters will contain both short haired and long haired kittens.

In the UK a similar breeding programme was underway crossing Persians with British Shorthairs.

The breed received official recognition with the CFA in 1966.

Appearance of the Exotic cat:

Exotic ShorthairThe breed standard for the Exotic is the same as that of the Persian with the exception of the coat.

Exotic Shorthairs have same round face of the Persian with a thick, dense short haired coat. Nicknamed the “teddy bear cat”, that is exactly what they look like. Cute, soft and cuddly.

They are medium  to large sized cats, with have short, thick bodies, broad, deep chests, short, sturdy legs and tail with a rounded tip. They are surprisingly heavy when picked up.

The face is round, with a snub nose, large, expressive eyes and short round ears. The cheeks are full, forehead rounded with wide jaws and a firm chin.

The coat is short, thick and plush, it comes in all the colours of the cat rainbow.

Personality of the Exotic cat:

The Exotic is placid and laid back. However, it is said they are livelier than their Persian cousins.

They are sweet, affectionate, loyal fun loving and  get along with people, including children and other pets. They are not as demanding or obtrusive as other breeds of cat but it is said they do like to follow their human companions around the house.

They are not prone to talking, but when they do, they have a soft and pleasant voice.

Health problems:

Some Exotic Shorthairs can be prone to tear duct and eye problems due to the shape of their face. 

Due to having Persian in their bloodlines, polycystic kidney disease may be a problem. It is important when selecting an Exotic that you view the parents and ask the breeder about any health problems and screening they have done (including testing the parents for PKD).


The Exotic Shorthair has a reasonably easy coat to care for. A weekly groom is sufficient to remove loose hairs.

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