The Exotic Shorthair, a cross between the American Shorthair and the Persian is a breed of cat first created in the 1960s. The breed is often referred to as the “Lazy man’s Persian” because it has the same body type and personality as a Persian but lacks the long haired coat that requires so much grooming.
The body of the Exotic Shorthair is round, compact, powerful, and low to the ground. Its head is massive and rounded, as are its cheeks. About the only thing not rounded on its face is its nose which is short and snub. Its ears are small with rounded tips and hair on the inside. Its eyes are also round and spaced well. They are a pure color which corresponds to the coat color. The neck of the Exotic is short and thick. It has round paws and a short, thick tail. The coat of the Exotic Shorthair is short, but slightly longer than a typical shorthair breed. Its hair is dense and fluffy and stands on end.
Much like other flat-faced animals, the tear ducts of the Exotic are prone to overflowing, so the cat’s face should be periodically wiped with a damp cloth.
The Exotic Shorthair has a personality similar to the Persian, but it has a bit more energy. It is curious and playful and more affectionate and loyal than most breeds. They rarely make noise and would rather be near its owner than alone. The Exotic Shorthair will reach maturity around two years of age.