With a history of only 50 years, the Exotic Shorthair were accidently bred when American cat breeder Carolyn Bussey crossed a Persian with American Short hair in hopes to obtain their lovely silver color and green eyes. However, the kittens she ended up with were black but strikingly cute and she believed that a shorter haired Persian would attract the fancy of cat lovers without the hassle of grooming long hairs. She led a campaign, engineered this new breed and it was registered as the Exotic Shorthair.
The Exotic Shorthair is livelier than the Persian, but is still essentially a gentle and calm creature. It does not like being left alone, and will follow the owner around. This breed exhibits considerably more affection and loyalty than other cats, and will jump into the owner’s lap at the first chance they get. Easy-going and fun loving, this cats is a loyal companion and is friendly towards other pets. Somewhat surprising, the male Exotics tend to be much more affectionate than the female Exotic. It loves to play games, and can spend hours chasing after the catnip mouse.
- Activity level: 3/5 (quite active )
- Intelligence level: 2.5/5 (average)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (very curious)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (extremely affectionate)
- Vocal: 2/5 (quiet and soft voice)
Having a massive oval head and very broad skull, the Exotic Shorthair resembles a teddy bear in many aspects. While having a medium sized body, the Exotic Shorthair is large-boned, with a broad chest, massive shoulder and powerful muscles. It has short fur coat as compared to the traditional Persian.
- Fur: Slightly longer than other Shorthaired breed, its coat is dense, plush and fluffy.
- Eyes: Well-spaced round eyes accepted in colours corresponding to the coat like golden, copper, green blue.
- Body structure: Cobby, broad-chested and heavily boned. Little short thick legs are accompanied by short thick tail.
- Facial features: Round, full cheeks, short muzzle and broad nose are set on oval and massive head.
- Weight: May grow upto be as large as 15lbs.
In comparison to the Persian, the Exotic Shorthair is a piece of cake when it comes to maintenance. Weekly brushing would quite do the trick to remove loose hairs.
Due to the precautions taken by the breeders in the beginning Exotic Shorthair are not in danger of genetic abnormalities or hereditary diseases. However, as it is a brachycephalous breed which leads to the problems due to closeness of nose and eyes, its facial fur could be stained due to tear caused due to the overflowing of nasolacrimal ducts which overflow occasionally. Thus eyes and areas nearby should be wiped out with damp cloth time to time. Occasional sinus problem and possibility of tooth crowding may arise which should be taken care of.
Also, due to shorter nostrils it is more sensitive to heat, and may face breathing problems during high temperature. Therefore it is recommended to have a cool place to help them cool down.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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