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Exotic Shorthair (Standing, White & Black)
Standing, White & Black
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Exotic Shorthair (Lying, White & Brown)
Lying, White & Brown
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Exotic Shorthair (Face, White & Dark Grey)
Face, White & Dark Grey

Breed Information


2014: #1

Name Exotic Shorthair
Other names Exotic
Origin United States
Size Medium





Lap Cat Yes
Life span 12-15 years






Weight 7-14 pounds








Shaded Silver




All patterns & Colors

Kitten Price Average $1500 - $2000 USD

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Affection Level

5 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good With Others: It is usually good with everyone and can be affectionate towards them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Energy Level

3 stars


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be twice a week.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.


3 stars


4 stars

Constant Shedding: Shedding will occur often for this cat breed. It is suggested to brush and comb its coat regularly to reduce the risk of it developing hairballs. Be prepared also to vacuum often.

Social Needs

4 stars

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


1 stars

Low Vocalization: It is known to be quiet. Therefore, owners shouldn't be concerned of excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.

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Exotic Shorthair Kitten (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle
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Exotic Shorthair Kitten (Lying, White & Grey)
Lying, White & Grey
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Exotic Shorthair Kitten (Sitting, Side View)
Sitting, Side View

Puppy Names

Rank Male Female
01 Milo Mittens
02 Blade Ella
03 Oliver Sienna
04 Coco Pepsi
05 Loki Kitty
06 Ace Angel
07 Sammy Molly
08 Aaron Boo
09 Tommy Maisy
10 Symba Kiki
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The Exotic is a man-made breed resulting from the cross of Persians with American Shorthairs and other shorthaired cats. The Exotic's body and head-style match that of the Persian, but the breed was separated into its own category in the 1960s. The desired coat is dense, plush and stands away from the body due to the thick undercoat. Because outcrosses are regularly done to Persians, many long-haired kittens occur in Exotic litters. Some associations will register and show these cats as Persians. A bit livelier and more inquisitive than the Persian, Exotics share many of the Persian's gentler personality features.

Known as the lazy man’s Persian, the Exotic Shorthair has the body type and easygoing nature of the Persian but without the coat length and need for daily grooming. With her thick, dense, plush short hair and round face, the Exotic Shorthair has a soft teddy bear look. This sweet feline is affectionate and loyal. The breed is athletic, fun-loving, yet also quiet and sensitive.

Children & Other Pets

The Exotic Shorthair has an exceptionally gentle, kind disposition that is virtually identical to that of the Persian. It is placid and dignified, but also can be curious, fun-loving and playful. This breed is friendly to other cats and to dogs, as well as to people. Exotic Shorthairs do not enjoy being unattended for long periods of time. When they must be left alone, many Exotic owners leave a radio or television on, so that their cats feel less isolated. The Exotic Shorthair tends to show more affection than many other short-haired domestic breeds, without being annoyingly demanding. This is an easy-going, quiet cat, whose voice is rarely heard. The Exotic Shorthair is sweet, calm and unfailingly loyal. The adaptable nature of this breed makes them ideal pets for city dwellers and apartment living. They are especially patient with children.

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