Exotic Shorthair


With its squashed face and rounded ears, the Exotic Shorthair looks more like a cuddly teddy bear than a cat. While having a similar temperament to its long-haired cousin, the Exotic is a bit more lively and inquisitive.

The Exotic Shorthair is a great choice for someone who wants a Persian, but doesn’t have the time or desire to devote to grooming. The exotic cat’s body is very rounded and powerfully built. They have a short and thick neck and large eyes. Their nose is a short snub and that combined with ears that are small and rounded at the tip gives them a cute facial expression. The ears have a lot of hair on the inside; probably the most dominant genetic feature inherited from the Persian.
Exotic cats have a gentle and calm personality and are naturally curious and playful and friendly with other felines and canines. They do not like being left alone. They display more affection and loyalty than most breeds. Exotic cats are ideal apartment pets and excellent lap cats. Their calm and steady nature makes them a great pet option for city dwellers.



The Exotic is lively and inquisitive, but still very much laid back, serene, and calm.


With its squashed face and rounded ears, the Exotic Shorthair looks more like a cuddly teddy bear than a cat.

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More About The Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic is something of an accidental breed. The original intent of the American Shorthair breeders who got the ball rolling was to breed their cats to Persians in an effort to bring in the silver colour and green eyes of that breed. Today the breed standards for the Persian and the Exotic are identical, except for coat length.


The short coat of the Exotic does not mat or tangle and is easy to groom. Comb him once or twice a week with a stainless steel comb to keep his coat beautiful. The Exotic sheds seasonally and will need additional grooming and bathing during that time to remove dead hair. After a bath, dry him thoroughly with a professional stand dryer or a hand-held blow dryer, but keep the temperature setting on low to prevent burns.

Because of his pushed-in face, the Exotic’s eyes can have a tendency to tear. To prevent ugly staining, wash his face daily, particularly beneath the eyes.