Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed Profile
Longhair. The coat is dense and plush. It has a soft texture and stands out from the body due to its density; the coat should not lie flat against the body. The coat is slightly longer than that of other shorthairs.
9 - 15 years
The Exotic Shorthair has a life expectancy in their early teens.
Average Litter Size
Litters of Exotic Shorthairs are quite small, usually only about four kittens. Problems can arise during birth because of the kittens' wide heads.
General Physical Description
The Exotic Shorthair is a medium sized cobby cat. The head is round and massive with a broad skull. The ears are small and round tipped and are set low and well apart. The cheeks are full. The nose is broad and short with a definite break. The nose leather must be fully formed and the upper edge must not be above the lower level of the eye. The chin is strong and the jaws are powerful. The eyes are large and round, set well apart and are brilliant in colour. The body is compact with a deep broad chest, massive shoulders and rump. The legs are short thick and strong. The round paws are large and firm. The tail is short.
Weight Height Range
The Exotic Shorthair is not particularly active and requires approximately 70 Kcals of food per kg of bodyweight per day to maintain condition. They can be prone to obesity so close attention needs to be paid to their diet.
The Exotic Shorthair is, like must hybrid breeds, a robust healthy cat and has no specific health problems. However, it is advisable to have an annual health check from about the age of eight or nine to check teeth and liver and kidney function.
The Exotic Shorthair can be shown at all major UK cat shows and are included in the longhair section along with the Persian Longhairs. They do tend to be in the minority but well presented are striking cats to look at. They are much easier to prepare for shows than the Persians but they still have the same type and stunning coats. Prizes may be withheld for incorrect coat colour or pattern, incorrect eye colour, upper edge of nose leather is above the lower edge of the eye as well as any of the faults that apply to all breeds such as skull deformities, entropion, under or overshot jaw, tail kinks etc.
Country Of Origin
Compatibility With Other Cats
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitability For Children
Character & Temperament
The Exotic Shorthair has the same gentle affectionate nature as itís longhaired cousins. They are generally good with children and are not as boisterous as many shorthair breeds. They are quite happy to be left at home on their own and therefore make ideal house cats.
Playfulness As An Adult
Grooming & Upkeep
Although easy to keep in condition compared with itís longhaired cousins, the Exotic Shorthairís coat still needs some attention. Regular grooming will keep dead hair from clogging up the coat and from being deposited on the furniture.
The Exotic Shorthair comes in all the same colours and patterns as the Persian Longhair. Exotic Shorthair Selfs - 'Black' - a lustrous dense black that is sound to the roots. There must be no rustiness, shading, markings or white hairs. 'White' - pure white with no shading or marks. 'Blue'- medium to pale blue that is sound to the roots with no shading, markings or white hairs. 'Red' - deep rich red that is sound to the roots. Slight shading is allowed on the forehead and legs. There must be no white hairs. 'Cream' - pale to medium cream sound to the roots with no shading, markings or white hairs. 'Chocolate' - medium to dark chocolate, warm in tone and sound to the roots, with no shading, markings or white hairs. 'Lilac' - warm lilac, sound to the roots with no shading, markings or white hairs. Smoke Exotic Shorthairs - The Smoke has a white undercoat with tipping of the appropriate colour to give maximum contrast. The undercoat is to be as white as possible. 'Black Smoke' - Black shading with silver white undercoat.'Blue Smoke' - Blue shading with silver white undercoat. 'Chocolate Smoke' - Chocolate shading with silver white undercoat. 'Lilac Smoke' - Lilac shading with silver white undercoat. 'Red Smoke' - Red shading with silver white undercoat. Tabby markings are not allowed. 'Tortie Smoke' - Shading of black, red and cream well mingled into patches, with silver white undercoat. 'Cream Smoke' - Cream shading with silver white undercoat. Tabby markings are not allowed. 'Blue-Cream Smoke' - Shading of blue and cream softly mingled with silver white undercoat. 'Chocolate Tortie Smoke' - Shading of chocolate and red well mingled. 'Lilac Tortie Smoke' - Shading of lilac and cream softly mingled. Tipped Exotic - The undercoat is pure white. The tipping may be of any recognised colour. There must be no tabby markings. Golden Exotic - The undercoat is apricot deepening to gold. The chin, stomach and chest are pale apricot. Shaded Silver Exotic - The undercoat is pure white. The coat on the back, flanks, face, legs and topside of the tail is tipped with black. Shaded Blue Exotic - The blue shaded Exotic is a blue version of the silver shaded but with blue tipping on a pure white undercoat. Pewter Exotic Shorthair - White evenly shaded with black to give the overall effect of a pewter mantle. Also available as a blue Pewter Exotic where blue shading replaces the black shading. Tabby Exotic Shorthair - The markings on Exotic Shorthair tabbies must be clearly defined and densely coloured. The Classic Tabby has an ĎMí on the forehead with lines running over the head to join the shoulder markings which are shaped like a butterfly. 'Silver Tabby' - silver base colour with clear black markings. 'Brown Tabby' -rich sable base colour with dense black markings. 'Blue Tabby' - cool beige base colour with deep blue markings. 'Chocolate Tabby' - bronze agouti base colour with rich chocolate brown markings. 'Lilac Tabby' - beige agouti base colour with lilac markings. 'Red Tabby' - rich red base colour with deeper red markings. 'Cream Tabby' - pale cream base with rich cream markings. 'Tortie Tabby' - the tabby pattern is overlaid with shades of red or cream. Both the tortie and tabby elements must be clearly visible. The tortie may be black, blue, chocolate or lilac. Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair - 'Tortoiseshell' -black well mingled with shades of red throughout the whole coat. 'Blue-Cream' - blue and cream pastel tones softly intermingled throughout the coat. 'Chocolate Tortie'- chocolate well mingled with shades of red throughout the coat. 'Lilac-Cream' - lilac and cream pastel tones softly intermingled throughout the coat. Bi-Colour Exotic - Shorthair. The bi-colour may be any solid colour or tabby (except silver) and white. Van Distribution Bi-Colour and Tri-Colour Exotic Shorthair. The coat is basically white with colour restricted to the head, ears and tail. The colour may be any of the recognised colours including tabby and to
History And Uses
The Exotic Shorthair is in every way a shorthaired Persian, so much so that it is included in the longhair section of cat shows. It is the result of careful selective breeding in America using the best American shorthairs and the best Persian longhairs. The aim was to produce a cat that looked like the Persian in every way except for the coat. The coat, which is of medium length, is much easier to care for but still has the huge range of colours and patterns. The Exotic Shorthair was first seen in the 1960ís and is becoming a very popular cat.
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies