20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Exotic Shorthair

The International Cat Association hints that the Exotic Shorthair is the Persian who prefers to lounge around in its pajamas. Many have called Exotic Shorthairs, the Persian for the lazy man, because they require so much less care than Persians do.

The Exotic Shorthair breed was originally developed by breeders who wanted to develop a cat with all the amazing qualities of a Persian, but without the long coat. Persian’s are high-maintenance cats. They need daily combing or brushing to keep all their long fur in great shape, and plenty of cat fanciers simply don’t have the time or don’t want to take the time required. Exotic Shorthairs were bred from out-crossing Persians with Burmese and American or British Shorthair cats. What resulted was a highly affectionate, laid back cat breed with a laid-back manner and a dense, plush coat which doesn’t take as much time to groom. Some believe that Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland” was inspired by a British Shorthair. It’s easy to see why crossing Shorthair cats with Persians was popular. The results around the world, have been chubby-cheeked, loving cats.

Exotics are gentle cats who adore their humans, and move through the world with curiosity, soft voices, and friendly ability to get along with other pets and children, while endearing themselves to their owners. Many who see Exotics for the first time are instantly curious about them. They almost look like Persians…but not quite. That’s only part of what makes them unique.  Here are 20 things you didn’t know about exotic shorthairs.

One early name proposed for the breed was “Sterling”.

The original breed standard required that the newly emerging breed of cats were to have silver colored coats. Cat fanciers proposed the silvery name for the gray colored kitties. But, the color was also new and exciting within the range of colors available for the American Shorthairs, so “Exotic” was added to “Shorthair” and the newly paired adjectives became the new name. Though the silver coat color was the first goal for the newest kitties in the breed, additional crossings produced cats in many different patterns and colors. Eventually, the breed standard was expanded to include all the variations. While most breeders around the world refer to the established breed as Exotic Shorthair, the Cat Fancier Association calls it “the Exotic”.

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