Exotic Shorthair Cat - Breed Profile
Breed Description and Pictures Submitted by:
Marianne Lawrence -
Exotic Shorthairs are
affectionately known as the “lazy mans’ Persian” or the “poor mans’
Persian”. They are much more then that. This breed was a cross between the
Silver Persian and the American Shorthair in an attempt to produce American
Shorthair with that wonderful silver coat and green eye color. Exotic
Shorthair (and Exotic Longhair) come in all Siamese and Persian colors,
including odd eye and blue eyed bicolors and calicos. While the
lovely kittens were delightful they did not look like the American
Shorthair. They were now looking more and more like a Persians and this was
the beginning of a new and exciting breed.
Over the years, this new
breed was changing, the type and coat was improving and so was the
purrsonality of the Exotic. As more and more Persians were bred into this
new breed, the temperament s became more and more like a Persian. They are
now bred to fit the Persian standard. The only difference is that The Exotic
Shorthair has a short plush coat that will not mat.
Now that the Exotic
Shorthair is perfected there is rarely a need to use Persians in the
breeding program. But, because of the using of Persians in the past, there
are longhair offspring that can be born in the breeding of Exotic Shorthair
to Exotic Shorthair. Some registering associations will not allow those
beautiful cats to be shown. Some will register them as Persians and some now
recognize the Exotic Longhair.
Exotics are quiet and
have mellow personalities. They are easy going and fit into most family
dynamics. Generally, they are extremely affectionate, are lap cats and will
follow you from room to room. They stay playful and affectionate for years.
Both the shorthair and the longhair make wonderful family pets.
Kittens are usually
allowed the leave the breeder no younger than 12 weeks of age. At 12 weeks
they will have received their vaccinations and are ready to meet their
forever family. This new family has the responsibility to see that their new
family member is kept indoors, not be declawed and be neutered or spayed
before 1 year of age.
In introducing an Exotic
into your family you will have a friend and companion for many many years.
Enjoy this wonderful cat!
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