The Exotic Shorthair cat is a very popular breed among cat lovers. These cats have certain characteristics that greatly resemble those of the Persian breed (they’re very similar in appearance, but Exotics have shorter hair), and a quiet nature—although they’re less passive than Persians.
This breed is recognised by the Fédération Internationale Féline as belonging to category 1. Exotics are medium to large in size, with short hair that can be white, black, blue, chocolate brown, ash grey, golden, tabby or Harlequin. They can have blue, orange or green eyes, or one each of two colours (heterocromia iridium). They have a very distinctive facial shape, with a pronounced stop that gives them a flat-nosed appearance, and large expressive eyes. Their hair is always short and dense, and their tails are long.
The Exotic Shorthair cat comes from the hybridisation of several breeds—the British Shorthair and the American Shorthair with the Persian—but has been recognised as an independent breed since 1967. Above all they are highly favoured for their personality: calm enough to resemble that of a Persian, but somewhat more lively and active. This makes them a perfect fit for people looking for a cat that’s good-natured as well as loving and playful.
What’s more, their short hair requires less care, making it easier to have an Exotic cat at home and causing less allergies. They’re ideally suited to living with families and even with dogs, as they’re very sociable.
To conclude, there’s only one drawback: they don’t tolerate being left alone very well. If the owner or family needs to go on a trip, it’s best to hire a trustworthy sitter to keep them company for as much time as possible.
What do you think? Do you know any Exotic Shorthair cats?