Affectionately known as the lazy man's Persian, Exotics are stunning shorthaired versions of the Persian and is the result of crossing a Persian with an American Shorthair. The Exotic retains the sweet, charming expression of the Persian with the shorter coat of the American Shorthair.
In the early 1960s, American Shorthair breeders had an idea they felt would improve the colour of their breed, and perhaps give them new directions for additional colours in their cats. American Shorthair breeders began using silver Persians as outcrosses in an attempt to strengthen their type. The resulting kittens from these breedings were pleasing to look at, but did not resemble true American Shorthairs.
This caused quite a furor between American Shorthair and Persian breeders in CFA. Because the look was appealing, the breeders working with the hybrid lines decided to work on a new breed to be called the Exotic Shorthair. The name originally proposed for this new breed was to be "Sterling," because of their beautiful silver colour. These cats were to look like Persians, but with a short, plush coat. American Shorthair breeders were given a choice of registering the kittens as Americans or Exotics, but once registered as Exotics they could not return to American.
The discussion over this new breed resulted in the development of the standard for the Exotic Shorthair. The standard was the same as that for the Persian except that, in the beginning, the cat did not need to have a nose break. Although originally the standard was intended to be written just for the silver colour, all Persian colours were accepted into the new Exotic Shorthair breed right from the beginning. Although the outcross was originally conceived as being a hybrid American Shorthair with Persian, the rules were broadly interpreted at first, and any CFA-registered shorthair could be used as a cross. Early breeders used American Shorthair and Burmese for their excellent body and moderate head; a few breeders used outcrosses to the Russian Blue for the plush double coat.
In 1967 CFA gave formal recognition to the Exotic Shorthair as a breed. By the late 1960's, the Exotic was recognised by most cat associations. Today the only acceptable outcross is to the Persian.
The ideal Exotic is a heavily boned, well-balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. Exotics have large, round eyes set wide apart in a large round head with flat faces like their Persian ancestors. Everything about the Exotic should suggest roundness.
The exotic coat is thick, dense, plush and soft. Their wonderful coats require much less combing than a Persian's and will not mat or tangle. The Exotic coat is unique to the breed and gives them a soft, rounded, teddy bear look.
Exotics have a quiet, endearing nature whose voices are seldom heard. The Exotic is an ideal breed that produces a quiet, sweet, peaceful and loyal companion. They are easy going and not much seems to disturb them. In general, they are extremely affectionate. Very responsive to humans and human emotions, this breed has inherited their very tame, docile personality and gentle ways and soft voice from their Persian ancestors. They are sweet-tempered pets who enjoy sitting on laps and the refined comforts of home. The easygoing nature of the Exotic allows it to fit into the home at any age. Exotics stay playful as adults and bring pleasure for many years. Exotic owners couldn't ask for more from their adorable, peaceful and intelligent companions.
The Exotic comes in all the beautiful Persian colours, including black, bi-colours, pointed colours, shadeds, smokes, tortoiseshell and tabbies. Eyes are large, round, full and brilliant in colour, set far apart giving a sweet expression to the face. Eye colour should be relevant to the coat colour and can be vivid blue, cooper, green, blue-green, yellow, gold, amber or odd eyed.
Exotic Website Dedicated to the Exotic Shorthair cat breed as well as the Persian.
Exotic Shorthair Cat Society GCCF affiliated cat club for Exotic Shorthairs.
The Guide to Owning an Exotic Shorthair Cat by Karen Commings.
Exotic Shorthair Cats by Marianne Mays.
Exotic Shorthair Cats by Stuart A. Kallen.
The Exotic Shorthair Cat : Everything About Acquisition, Care, Nutrition, Behaviour, Health Care, and Breeding by Karen Leigh Davis.
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