Epitome of Polite

The Exotic behaves with quiet dignity and throws in a dash of fun.

By Elisa Jordan

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So what’s the big deal about the breed that looks like a shorthaired Persian? A lot. As it turns out, their personalities are as sweet as their expressions.

“I’m just totally, totally devoted to them,” says Johanna Leibfarth, a South Carolina breeder who has worked with Exotics since 1972. “They are quiet. They are not nervous and they give you privacy — but they are always around you. They just kind of hang out.”

Exotics, it seems, have mastered the art of balance. Playful but not hyper, affectionate but not demanding, they simply enjoy life with
their people.

“They’re very low key,” says Becky Orlando, current CFA Exotic breed council secretary. “They run and play but they don’t jump up on drapes or jump up on high ledges. They’ll get on a couch. They get on a bed, but that’s about the extent of it.”

**For the full article, pick up the March 2007 issue of CAT FANCY.**

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Animal    j, YT

1/11/2010 7:04:21 AM

I love Exotics. They're the ugliest little fistfulls of straw when they're little.

diana    orient, NY

4/28/2007 5:38:21 PM

I enjoyed this article very much. I have had exotic shorthaired cats, and there are no other cats like them. In fact, my two exotic shorthairs looked just like the two red tabby cats in the photos in the articles, and it brought tears to see how similar these two were. My two kitties are long gone now after l6 and l8 wonderful years with them. I very much wish to replace them with cats as similar as possible. Is there any way to find out who the breeder was for these two red tabbies? Trying really hard to find out!!

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