Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The Exotic Shorthair is a breed of cat
developed to be a shorthaired version of the Persian. The Exotic
Shorthair is similar to the Persian in many ways, including
temperament and conformation, with the exception of the short dense
Breed Description Head: Round, massive. Very broad skull.
Rounded forehead. Round, full cheeks. Short, broad, round muzzle.
Short, broad nose with pronounced stop. Broad, open nostrils to
facilitate air flow. Strong chin. Broad, powerful jaws. Eyes: Large, round, well-spaced. Pure, deep color corresponding
to that of the coat (gold to copper in most varieties; green in the
chinchilla and the golden; blue in the white and the colorpoint). Neck: Short and thick. Body: Medium in size, cobby, low to the ground. Broad chest.
Massive shoulders. Large-boned, powerful muscles. Paw: Short, straight, and large. Round, large paws. Tufts of
hair between the toes are desirable. Tail: Short, thick, carried low. Rounded tip. Coat: Shorthaired but slightly longer than that of other
shorthaired breeds. Dense, fluffy, erect hair. All Persian colors
are recognized. Fault: Head too long or too narrow. Nose
too long or roman nose; narrow, thin muzzle. Small, slanted,
pale-colored eyes. Ears too large. Body too long, narrow. Narrow
chest. Long, slender legs. Oval paws. Tail too long. Disqualify:
lockets or spots.
History This feisty ball of fluff takes time to grow up
In the United States around 1960, breeders crossed the American
Shorthair with the Persian in order to improve the American's coat
color and make it heavier. Thus were born shorthaired Persians,
dubbed Exotic Shorthairs and recognized by the C.F.A in 1966. During
the breeding program, crosses were also made with the Russian Blue
and the Burmese. Since 1987, the only allowable outcross breed is
the Persian. The F.I.Fe. recognized the Exotic Shorthair in 1986.
Very common in the United States, Exotic Shorthairs are conquering
Behavior The Exotic Shorthair is a tranquil cat but a
bit livelier than the Persian. Curious, playful, and even-tempered,
he is friendly to other cats and to dogs. Easygoing and quiet, as he
rarely meows, he does not like being left alone. He is affectionate
and needs the tender presence of his owner. This sturdy cat does not
reach maturity until around three years of age and enters puberty
fairly late. When two Exotic Shorthairs are crossed, they may
produce longhaired kittens called "Exotic Longhairs" by the C.F.A.
and considered Persians in France. Exotic Shorthairs are easy to
groom. Weekly brushing and combing is sufficient. During shedding,
they should be brushed and combed daily. Because of their fairly
productive tear ducts, their eyes should be cleaned daily.
Health Epiphora (Excessive Tearing), Sinus Conditions