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"The Lazy Man's Persian" - Exotic Shorthair
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In the 1960's breeders in the United States crossed the
American Shorthair with the Persian to create what is now
called the Exotic Shorthair. In the beginning of the
breeding program the Russian Blue and the
crossed in as well. But since 1987, the only allowed
outcross for the breed is the Persian.
It became a recognized breed by the CFA (Cat Fanciers
Association) in 1966. The Exotic Shorthair has been
recognized by the Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe)
since 1987. The Exotic Shorthair has a nearly identical body
type to the Persian, but the coat is dense, short and thick.
The Exotic Shorthair is known as the "The Lazy Man's
Persian" and they appeal to people who like the Persian
personality but don't want the trouble of keeping a long-
haired cat well groomed.
The Exotic Shorthair is a cat with a compact, powerfully-
built, rounded body with a short, thick neck. It has round
large eyes, short snub nose and a facial expression
described as sweet. The ears are small and give the cat a
"baby-faced" like appearance that some humans consider to be
The Exotic Shorthair has a calm, gentle personality that is
often compared to the Persian. It is known to be more active
than the Persian. Curious and playful, the Exotic Shorthair
is friendly with both cats and dogs. It doesn't talk a lot,
preferring only to say something when it deems it necessary.
Cats of this breed enjoys the company of humans and don't
like being left alone. It makes a fantastic lap cat and
shows a great deal of affection and loyalty to its owner.
They have a nature that can be described as calm and steady,
thus makes them good pets for apartment dwellers. They are
also capable mouse hunters, a gift from their
The Exotic Shorthair is perfectly capable of grooming
itself, although a weekly brushing isn't remiss. Weekly
brushing of short hair cats reduces shedding and hairballs.
It also promotes a healthy coat of fur by getting rid of
loose dead skin and hair.
This cat breed doesn't mature until two years of age and
enters into puberty rather late. When two Exotic Shorthairs
are mated they sometimes produce longhaired kittens, which
are called Exotic Longhairs by the CFA. Other registries
consider Exotic Longhairs to be Persians, and they do look
Picture Exotic Shorthair Cat
For a Happier, Healthier Exotic Shorthair Cat
Dr. Jane Bicks
If you can imagine a sort of low maintenance, laid
back, short haired Persian, you've got a pretty
good idea of an Exotic Shorthair.
This cat is easier to groom than a Persian, but
sufficiently balanced fatty acids and a high
biological value protein cat food are nonetheless
essential for the health of its lush coat.
Similar to Persians, Exotic Shorthairs are prone to
eye discharge and infections. It's therefore advisable
to supply them with 200 mg of extra vitamin C
daily or an antioxidant formula.
Torula yeast is an excellent supplement for these
FLUTD prone cats.
Hair ball remedies twice weekly are a must!
Read this for more info on Hairballs in Exotic Shorthair Cats
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