Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed Information

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Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed Introduction

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The Exotic Shorthair cat breed, also simply known as the Exotic cat breed, is an offshoot of the Persian cat breed. The first Exotic Shorthairs were the result of interbreeding between Persians and American Shorthairs. With the denser, shorter coat, the Exotic Shorthair breed is less of a grooming challenge than the Persian, hence the nickname, "Persians for lazy people."

Exotic Shorthair Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

The Exotic Shorthair breed is generally known for a gentle and calm personality. Known as quiet cats who rarely meow, Exotic Shorthairs tend to show more affection than most breeds. They are also known to make excellent lap cats.

Exotic Shorthair Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Exotic Shorthair breed based on the Cat Fanciers Association's breed standard.

  • Head: round, large
  • Ears: small, round tipped, set far apart
  • Eyes: large, round
  • Body: Large or medium in size
  • Legs: short, thick, and strong
  • Paws: large, round
  • Tail: short, proportion in length
  • Coat: dense, soft, medium in length

Exotic Shorthair History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

In around 1960, breeders crossed the American Shorthair with the Persian in the United States, creating shorthaired Persians. The new breed of shorthair Persians was called the Exotic Shorthair breed and recognized by the C.F.A in 1966. Since 1987, the only allowable outcross breed has been the Persian. The F.I.Fe. recognized the Exotic Shorthair in 1986. Because they have nearly identical bodies to the Persians, but a thick, dense short coat, they have come to be known as "Persian cats for lazy people"--i.e., people who don't want quite the grooming challenge of the traditional Persian cat's coat.

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