For the new cat owner looking for a pet that is similar to the beautiful Persian cat but without the grooming, the Exotic Shorthair is a great idea. Crossbreeding Persians with American Shorthaired cats became popular during the 1950’s. The result was a beautiful new breed with a great temperament. The Exotic Shorthair cat has many characteristics of the Persian cat. A large head with a flat face and beautiful piercing eyes, a thick strong body, and a short thick tail are featured in the Exotic Shorthair. However, the breed has easy to care for short hair.
The temperament of the Exotic Shorthair is similar to the Persian, but the shorthair version tends to have a livelier personality. The cats also maintain a calm and gentle personality, making a good balance. They do well living in an apartment. Exotic Shorthair cats are affectionate and loyal to their owners. They can be social and will get along well with other people and pets. Maintenance of their coats is much easier than the long haired Persian.