Photo by Mark Duff

Exotic Shorthair - Breed Profile:

Origin: United States
Colors: Any colour
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Easy to handle

Exotic Shorthairs, as well as Persians, have a calm temperament but they are slightly more active than their ancestor.

Breed video: Exotic cat

The Exotic Shorthair cat is a shorthair version of the Persian. It was originated in Unites States by crossing between the Persian and the American Shorthair in around 1960. Exotic Shorthairs are perfect for people who like the gentle character of Persians but do not want to have the headache of daily grooming.

Physical characteristics

Physical characteristics of Exotic Shorthairs are very much the same as those of Persians. They have a compactly rounded medium-size body that looks rather powerful, muscled, and stocky. Their neck is short and thick; the eyes are well-spaced, round, and large; the nose is short and snub. The broad skull rounded forehead and small ears make Exotic Shorthairs look cute, though some would consider it massive. Strong chin along with broad, powerful jaws and chubby cheeks can complement this impression. A typical Exotic weights 3,5 to 6 kilos.


These cats, as well as Persians, have a calm temperament but they are slightly more active than their ancestor. Exotics are friendly with other pets in the house including dogs. They are not very vocal so you, most probably, will seldom hear a meow. Curious and playful, Exotics prefer company rather than being left alone. Their affectionate and loyal personality makes them perfect lap cats. Hence, they are nearly ideal for living in a city apartment. However, it is worth remembering that Exotics do keep an energetic streak inherited from the American Shorthair. That is why they can be nimble mouse hunters if necessary.

Coat and grooming

Exotic Shorthairs have a short dense coat slightly longer than that of other shorthair cats. It comes in any colour and pattern, as well as that of Persians. Twice a week grooming is desirable to keep the hair in a good state.
Exotic Shorthair kitten by Mark Duff


Since Exotics were crossed with Persians, it's not a surprise that they have some of their health problems: possible breathing difficulty, constantly running eyes (so it may be necessary to wash their faces daily to eliminate excessive tearing), Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Some Exotics are prone to plaque, tartar buildup, and gingivitis.