Exotic Shorthair

  • Enjoy human companionship.
  • Tranquil, quiet, and peaceful.

Hybrid developed by crossing Persians with American Shorthairs in order to create an American Shorthair with a flatter face and bigger eyes.  In order to stop the crosses, Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) closed the American Shorthair registry and recognized the hybrid as a separate breed.  Breed is judged against the standard of the Persian.  Received championship status in CFA in 1967.

Body Type:
  • Medium to large with heavy bones and soft, round lines.
  • Head is round and massive with a wide skull, a Persian- like, snubbed, broad nose and flattened face.
  • Ears are small and round tipped.
  • Eyes are large, round, and brilliant in color.
  • Coat is medium short in length and has a plush texture that stands out because of a dense undercoat.
  • Over 50 colors and patterns including solids, shaded, smokes, tortoiseshell, tabby patterns, and points.
Health and Wellness:
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
  • Dystocia.
What you should know:
  • Coat does not mat and requires much less grooming than Persians.
  • Kittens born with the long coats of their Persian ancestors cannot be shown in CFA.
  • In The International Cat Association (TICA), kittens having long coats can be registered and shown as Persians.
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