Get to know the Exotic Shorthair
All you need to know about the breed
First things first: they may look like Persian cats, and have Persian genes, but the Exotic Shorthair (often shortened to Exotics) is a unique breed in their own right. There are, however, clear similarities. The Exotic Shorthair is bred to meet the same temperament standards as the Persian-- loving, loyal, and low-key-- but the Exotic Shorthair benefits from a furry exception: their coat is thick, dense, and short which makes it far easier to maintain. In other words, none of the daily grooming that’s required for the Persian.
Little seems to bother the plush and cuddly Shorthair Exotic who is known for their easy-going energy and undemanding personality. Need privacy? That’s okay, the Exotic Shorthair will leave you be (as long as you play with them later). Need some lap time? They’re open to that too. They are content with the simple pleasures in life, such as watching water drip from the sink and chasing after crumpled balls of paper, and will gladly follow you from room to room. This is a breed that blends seamlessly into almost any home.
Common in a variety of colours, the Exotic Shorthair is easily identifiable by their strong, cobby body set on short, thick legs. Their large head and full round eyes lend an open and curious expression.
2 facts about Exotic Shorthairs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Exotic Shorthair
Caring for your Exotic Shorthair
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Unlike the Persian cat, ancestor to the Exotic Shorthair, the Exotic’s dense coat rarely tangles and is easy to groom. Combing once or twice a week will help remove dirt and shedding fur (and while you’re at it, wipe their eyes with a gentle cloth; the breed tears frequently). Casual play, from chasing a ball or going after a fish-pole toy, is a great way to engage your Exotic Shorthair in the moderate exercise they need. It’s advisable to incorporate puzzle toys that require the cat to work a little harder for their kibble to keep them occupied and challenged. Training will be fairly straightforward with this breed, too. You can use a clicker to train the Exotic Shorthair to sit or lie down and socialising them at a young age with other cats or even dogs will make them more easily adapt to sharing the household.