Kitten History: Exotic Shorthair

Love the look of the Persian but not the long hair? Enter the Exotic Shorthair, the beautiful cousin of the Persian and the Himalayan with the same short face but a short, plush coat.

By Stacy Hackett

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Exotic Shorthair © Helmi FlickThe breed began almost by accident, as American Shorthair breeders sought to add the beautiful coat color of silver Persians to the American Shorthair rainbow of colors. The resulting kittens did not resemble true American Shorthairs, but did catch the attention of Jane Martinke. In 1966, to protect the standard of the American Shorthair yet preserve the beauty of these new kittens, she proposed the creation of a new breed.

After the Exotic gained acceptance, the breeds popularity grew. Nicknamed the lazy mans Persian, the Exotic won over fans with its low-maintenance coat. While some outcrossing to Burmese and other shorthaired breeds occurred early on in the breeds history, the allowable outcrosses were narrowed to Persian and American Shorthair in 1975.

Today, the Exotic shares the same standard as the Persian, with the only difference being coat. The breed comes in a rainbow of colors and features all the endearing qualities of the Persian with a soft, short, plush coat. 


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12/11/2014 7:28:47 PM

I love this article, anything about cats and kittens I'm there
I have a Tuxedo type cat whos ten yrs old, she is very independent, she wants to ve petted when she wants it, and rubbed the same way. I comply

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/12/2013 11:13:00 PM


Debra    Newport Beach, CA

5/3/2012 2:38:24 PM

I think exotic persians are the cutest and sweetest of all cats. My Versace(aka Peanut) was a pet out because she was not perfect but i loved and now miss her so much. I just got my two Doll Faced persians and they are so sweet but I will try again for an Exotic.

pamela    LAGUNA HILLS, CA

3/25/2011 10:35:37 AM

Only thing you forgot was that Exotics are God's gift to us. I have had four,now having twin 5yr olds. Their love was immediate and exchange of souls between the three of us was unimaginable.They sense every pain of my disorder and gently ease it with their kneading toes or purring lullaby. Every kitty is a miracle, including my beloved, past Siamese, Ragdoll, Himilayan -- but I hope that my health with allow me to always be able to my GIFTS FROM GOD _ TWO LIONHOUSE EXOTIC SHORTHAIRS>

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