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Exotic Shorthair

Medium sized and stockily built, the Exotic Shorthair cat has a round, broad head, somewhat large in proportion to the body, with large round eyes and short muzzle that gives them a distinctive and somewhat grumpy expression. The ears are small and set wide which further accentuates the size and roundness of the face. The body is compact, with short sturdy legs, large round paws with tufted toes and a short, bushy tail. The coat is short, extremely thick and luxuriant, with a soft, dense undercoat.

8 - 15 years
3 - 6kg
Comes the same variety of coat colours, patterns and markings, and eye colours as the Persian.
The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Quiet and sedate cat
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Indoor cat
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is classified as brachycephalic; problems associated with this condition include;
- Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome: is a condition in brachycephalic (breeds with a short noses and squashed faces) breeds where breathing is obstructed and can lead to severe respiratory distress 
- Skin inflammation/infection: brachycephalic breeds have a short nose and a normal amount of facial tissue. This means there is often excess skin around their face which leads to skin folds- which is where soreness and infections are prone to develop 
- Eye ulcers: ulcers are painful erosions on the surface of the eye, they are more common in brachycephalic breeds due to their conformation, as their eyes tend to be more bulbous

The breed can also suffer from:
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition


The Exotic Shorthair is a little more active and playful than their long coated Persian cousins, but this is still a much more relaxed and sedentary cat than the average puss, or the leaner built more athletic cat breeds. Friendly and loving to those they know well but inclined to be a little standoff-ish and selective with strangers, the Exotic Shorthair will enjoy a peaceful home, and doesn’t mind spending time on their own on occasion. As long as meals are delivered regularly and affection is doled out when asked for, the Exotic Shorthair is not a busy, demanding or problem-solving cat.