Often dubbed as the lazy man’s Persian, Exotic is the perfect family cat that has a lively face and finds your lap as the best place to be in. Her gentle and affectionate nature makes the Shorthaired Persian a family friendly cat. They live up to 15 years.

Exotic At a Glance


Medium-sized cat, weighing 7 to 12pounds


Short, plush, easy-to-care


Seven solid colors, including blue, white, lilac, red, cream, chocolate, black

Life Span:

15 years

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Did You Know?

What differentiates the Exotic from the Persian is her short hair coat, unlike the latter who has a thick coat in a similar color and pattern.

Physical Characteristics of Exotic Shorthair

Her physical features may remind you of the Persian cat breed, with the only difference being in the short, plush, and easy-care coat. The short-haired Persian, as the Exotic Shorthair is often described as, has a medium length, dense, and lush coat, with a thick undercoat. Thanks to their thick coat, the big cat looks much heavier than they are.

The cuddly cat may grow up to 15 pounds primarily due to the high density of her bones. But the kitty remains fairly short in height, with short, stout legs carrying the weight of a round, muscular physique.

A short substantial neck carries the weight of an impressively sized head. Another physical characteristic of the compact, cuddly kitty is her color and coat pattern and a sweet, gentle face.

Bred to meet the Persian traits from every angle, Exotic’s round facial contours, with wide round eyes and small ears studded in a round face and a large, round head, all establish a direct connection with their shorthaired ancestor.

Personality and Temperament of Exotic Shorthair

A dignified and affectionate companion, Exotic is a relatively good-natured cat with aneasy-going & calmtemperament. One of their key defining personality traits is their quiet nature.

Exotic loves to be a lap cat, who wants to follow you everywhere. Herundemanding personality makes her a charming addition to your pet-friendly home, who can easily adapt to your family habits. She uses her soft, melodious voice to communicate, while her expressive eyes say it all about her playful nature, making her a matchless choice for cat-loving pets and families.

Health and Care of Exotic Shorthair

They are not especially prone to genetic abnormalities, primarily because of the precautions took by early breeders.

But her being a brachycephalous breed makes her susceptible to usual problems resulting from having her eyes and nose closer to each other.

The cat breed is prone to overflowing tear ducts, leaving stains along her facial fur. A damp cloth is all you need to keep her fur clean.

Her shortened jaw makes her susceptible to occasional tooth alignment or sinus problems. The Exotic is prone to heat due to her shorter nostrils. High temperatures may lead to breathing problems. If you add this to her heavier coat, you will have a breed that wants to stay cool.

A perfect cat breed to own for rural and urban homes, Exotic will greet you when you reach home, curling up on your lap.

You can keep her entertained with the simple pleasures of life, with a string or a paper ball being enough to keep your Exotic amused. They want to remain busy but are not jumpers, which means they will not dash around the house or jump here and there and upon kitchen shelves.

As one of the most affectionate and loyal cat breeds, the Exotic is a true companion pet that you will want to own.

They live up to15 years.

History and Background of Exotic Shorthair

The history of the breed dates back to the late 1950s. It was the time when Carolyn Bussey, an American cat breeder, crossbred a Persian with a brown Burmese. The kitty produced strikingly cute black kittens with shorter hair compared to the Persian.

The Cat Fanciers Association granted the Championship Status to the cat breed in 1967. In 1971, she achieved the status of Grand Champion. The kitty earned the title of the CFA’s Cat of the Year in 1991.

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