Exotic Shorthair History
During the 1950's American Shorthair breeders decided to cross their cats with Persian's. The Persian breed had become increasingly popular and breeders recognised that they could potentially create American Shorthairs with better body types and that they may also inherit the beautiful silver colour in their fur. Like Persians, the hybrids were popular at shows - their heads had become rounder, their noses shorter and there fur longer and silkier.
Other American Shorthair breeders were angry at the changes and thought it was unfair to allow them into the American Shorthair category. The hybrid shorthairs were almost disallowed but then one of the CFA judges Jane Martinke suggested they should compete in their own category. The name Exotic Shorthair was chosen for the hybrid cats and in 1967 the CFA awarded the breed championship status. The breed is now accepted by many registries including the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) � the UK's largest cat registry.
Exotic Shorthairs had a slow start but now they are one of the more popular breeds worldwide. Their sweet affectionate nature makes them a joy to be around, a great human companion and a wonderful pet.
Exotic Shorthair Appearance
Persians had a large influence on their Exotic Shorthair descendants when it comes to body type, they are heavily boned, well balanced cats with soft features and large eyes. Their heads are round and large with small round ears set far apart and tilted forwards. Their legs are short and fat and their tails are shorter than most breeds. The coat of an Exotic Shorthair is medium length, thick and soft.
Acceptable coats include all pattern markings of a Persian and also the pointed pattern resembling the Himalayan breed. Many people refer to Exotics as Shorthaired Persians, they have the same flat faces however they still have the teddy bear look of American Shorthairs.
Exotic Shorthair Character and Temperament
Exotic Shorthairs inherited many personality characteristics from their Persian ancestors. They have a similar laid back nature and are sweet, affectionate, loyal friends. They will want to be near you all the time and will take great interest in whatever you're doing. They will love cuddles and being stroked on your lap, expect to wake up and find your Exotic Shorthair on your bed in the morning! They truly are a homely breed of cat and will fit in as part of the family almost immediately.
Although Exotic Shorthairs are very similar to Persians, they also inherited a playful nature from the American Shorthairs. They love a good game and will chase string or pat a toy mouse about the front room. They require a lot of attention and love for you to join in their games. They are known to have a very low activity level but when they do play � they play! For the majority of the time Exotics are extremely docile and love a good long sleep.
Exotic Shorthair Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
The Exotic Shorthair is a healthy breed of cat with no specific health problems. Like with all breeds they should be checked by the vet yearly for teeth deficiencies and liver problems from about the age of 8 or 9 onwards.