5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Exotic Shorthair


Known for its teddy bear looks, with large, expressive eyes and cute round faces, the Exotic Shorthair is a beautiful cat breed. Many know the Exotic Shorthair as basically being a shorthaired version of the Persian, but what else do you think you might know about this popular breed? Take a look at our 5 things you didn’t know about the Exotic Shorthair cat breed:

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1. A Persian in a Petticoat

This is a common phrase used to describe the Exotic Shorthair, as well as the “Lazy Man’s Persian.” While the Exotic Shorthair is virtually identical to the Persian in every way besides the long coat, these shorthaired cats tend to have more hair than your typical shorthaired cat. Due to their incredible plush, thick coat, the Exotic Shorthair tends to shed more than most cats with short hair.  To combat their hair, weekly brushings are recommended for this breed. For those Exotics with the trademark flat faced Persian look, it’s suggested that daily wiping in folds and creases around the eyes and nose should be performed to keep them clean and healthy.

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2. Man Made Breed

The Exotic Shorthair was said to have been created by mixing a Persian with an American Shorthair. While the Exotic Shorthair possesses a very Persian temperament, being docile and sweet, this breed is a bit more adventurous and playful due to its American Shorthair lineage. Fun fact: The Exotic Shorthair was first referred to as a “Sterling” because of its coat color.

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3. Linebacker’s Neck

Although the Exotic is a medium-sized cat, they have an exceptionally large, round head that sits atop of their equally thick neck. Some even refer to their wide neck as a “linebacker’s neck” due to its pronounced wideness. Because of this distinct trait, this makes these adorable cats look much like plush animal toys. Fun fact: The Exotic becomes warm easily due to their dense coat, so they prefer sleeping in cooler areas to regulate their body temperature. So know not to take it personally if your Exotic chooses not to cuddle with you in the bed at night.

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4. The Quiet Type

Much like the Persian, the Exotic is a loving breed that prefers to be seen and not heard. These cats are exceptionally quiet, hardly using their meow and not one to demand your attention the way that some other affectionate breeds might. Fun fact: the Exotic may even take more to one specific person in the household, favoring their companionship over others who are present.

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5. This is One Round Kitty

Round is basically the best way to describe this breed. The Exotic is a sturdy cat with short legs and a compact body. From their rounded head, rounded bodies, and large round eyes, the term “round” is the best way to describe the adorably precious Exotic cat. Fun fact: Garfield, everyone’s favorite cartoon fat cat, was said to be inspired from an Exotic Shorthair.

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