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Exotic Shorthair

The American Shorthair was crossed with the Persian in the U.S. around 1960. This breeding resulted in a shorthaired Persian, called the Exotic Shorthair. In 1966 this new breed was recognized by the CFA. At one time crosses were made with the Russian Blue and the Burmese, however, now the only outcross allowed is the Persian. Known as the “lazy mans Persian,” Exotic Shorthairs have the same body type as the Persian, but with thick, dense, short hair, which appeals to people who want the personality of the Persian but not the hassle of grooming a long haired cat.

Exotic Shorthairs also have a calm demeanor but are very curious and playful. They are good with other pets and children, rarely meow and are known as good mousers. They do not like being alone however, and if you can not be with them for any length of time, a radio or television should be left on for them as “company.” Excellent lap buddies, Exotic Shorthair cats are very affectionate and loyal indoor pets.

They should be kept indoors only.

Exotic Shorthair cats are prone to:

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Runny eyes
  • Sinus and breathing problems

By: Linda Eastabrooks

Former AKC Breeder



Exotic Shorthair

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