The Exotic Shorthair is a near related of the popular Persian cat, and is most known for their unusual looks. In fact, the Exotic Shorthair was developed as a low-maintenance alternative to the Persian; although the Persian requires daily brushing, the Exotic Shorthair’s short, dense, and silky coat is incredibly easy to care for.
Although the Exotic Shorthair has reduced energy levels and activity requirements, they will gladly play for hours with cat toys or fishing pole toys. Because of their reduced energy levels, Exotic Shorthairs can thrive in a variety of residential settings. However, just like any other cat breed, it’s critical to keep your Exotic Shorthair indoors at all times.
Persian cats have been and continue to be some of the most sought-after cats in history. Because of the breed’s popularity, American Shorthair breeders began incorporating Persians, Burmese, and Russian Blues into their American Shorthair lines somewhere in the 1950s. They intended to replicate the Persian’s stunning appearance in American Shorthairs.
Although the first litters of Persian-American Shorthair kittens did not appear exactly like Persians, they did have some of the fundamental traits, including as round features, short noses, and large, round eyes, as well as shorter, plusher coats. Many breeders mixed these kittens with Persians to create the Exotic Shorthair breed. Fewer breeds embraced Burmese and Russian Blues into their breeding plans to obtain shorter, plusher coats as the breed developed in popularity and the gene pool increased.
The Cat Fanciers Association eventually began to limit the number of outcrosses permitted in purebred Exotic Shorthairs. Exotic Shorthairs were fully barred from outcrossing in 1987, and could only be bred with Persians. According to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Exotic Shorthair is now one of the most popular purebred shorthair cats, second only to the Persian.
The Exotic Shorthair is a large cat with short legs and a stocky physique. It is a strongly boned animal with a well-proportioned and balanced body. When viewed from any angle, the Exotic should be round, with heads the size and shape of a softball. Their eyes are rounder as well, with a pleasant, curious expression. The eyes are calm, but alert and engaged.
The short snub nose is obviously inherited from this cat’s Persian ancestors, and they are prone to eye staining, as do Persians. The tail is often of the “bottlebrush” form and is not particularly lengthy. The Exotic Shorthair, sometimes known as a “Teddy bear,” is a soft, substantial, well-contoured cat that begs and welcomes cuddling! The coat is even all over, unlike other other short-haired cats, with no ruff or feathering at the tail.
The fur is dense and has a medium soft touch. To minimize matting and tangling, a steel comb can be used to quickly groom the hair. It is only essential to attend one or two sessions per week. Exotics do require baths on occasion, especially when they are shedding their winter coat. Fortunately, these cats handle bathing well and are easy to manage. To avoid discoloration in the corners, it is important to maintain the eyes clean.
- Weight: 5 to 6 kg
- Coat length: Short, dense and plush
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Variety
- Pattern: Variety
The gentle and docile Exotic Shorthair effortlessly adapts to any environment, and gets along well with dogs and children. They are similar to their Persian progenitors, but more inquisitive and outgoing, making them a nice and loving playmate who is entertaining and active without being destructive. Even the kittens are skilled at not tearing things up, and Exotics, regardless of age, rarely use their claws.
They are simple to train and, unlike many cats, comprehend the notion of “no.” When you tell him to get off the counter or table, he will remember and comply. The breed enjoy being close to their humans, yet they are not demanding companions. They will accept and most likely extend an invitation, but they rarely insist.
Instead, the Exotic will sit for hours staring out the window or napping in a favored position around the house. They sleep for the majority of the day and are most active in the evening and early morning. An Exotic can keep himself entertained for hours, allowing him to be left alone without feeling lonely or anxious.
- Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
- Active: Low
- Intelligence: Low
- Vocalize: Low
The Exotic Shorthair have undergone a rigorous and respected breeding procedure, and they are usually regarded as a hardy breed. They usually live very long and healthy lives, and no inheritable illnesses are known to affect them at this time. There are however, some health problem you should be aware of, such as:
- Polycystic kidney disease: Cysts are typically seen in affected cats by 12 months of age, but kidney failure can occur years later.
- Respiratory issues: Because Exotic Shorthairs have flattened faces, they can have difficulty breathing especially in hot, humid weather.
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