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Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair is a recognized breed of cat that is the result of interbreeding between the American Shorthair and the Persian breeds in the 1950s. This action was undertaken by American Shorthair breeders to try and "improve" their breed. Initially the new breed was not accepted. It was not until 1966 that the new breed was accepted under the name "Exotic Shorthair". The Exotic has a compact and powerfully-built body with a short, thick neck. Its face is considered very cute because of the large eyes and short stub nose. The coat is easier to manage than that of the Persian.


The Exotic Shorthair's personality is remarkably similar to the Persian's. However, it is considered to be more active and energetic than the Persian. This cat craves the attention of its owners and gets along with all people, be they familiar or unfamiliar. With socialization, the Exotic also gets on very well with other cats, dogs and small children. Coupled with its extremely friendly demeanour, this makes the Exotic a fantastic family pet. This cat will not do well on its own but is perfect for apartment and indoor life. Very calm, the Exotic still retains some of the energetic spark of their American Shorthair forebears.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 9-12 pounds (4-6 kg)

    Female: 9-12 pounds (4-6 kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    On average, the Exotic will live for 9 - 15 years

  • Litter Size

    4 kittens.

  • Grooming

    The Exotic Short-hair is perfectly capable of taking care of its own grooming needs. However, brushing and combing the cat once a week will help keep the coat free from knots and will reduce hairballs and shedding.

  • Recognition