Exotic Shorthairs are well-tempered, friendly, and absolutely beautiful. It is no surprise why the Exotic Shorthair cat is one of the most popular cat breeds. Similar to Persian cats, in more ways than one, read on to learn what makes these cats unique and such a wonderful companion.
History of Exotic Shorthair Cats
As far as cat breeds go, the Exotic Shorthair, also called Exotic, is fairly new, especially when compared to breeds that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years.
Around the 1950s, American Shorthair cat breeders began breeding their cats with Persian cats, in the hopes of getting the silver coat and green eyes of the Persian onto the American Shorthair. To their surprise, they instead ended up with a bunch of shorthaired Persian cats.
This new type of cat was further bred with Russian Blues and Burmese cats, in order to get the gene for short hair. The offspring of those cats were then bred back with Persian cats, and the new breed of Exotic Shorthairs was created.
Attributes of Exotic Shorthair Cats
For all intents and purposes, the Exotic Shorthair has nearly all identical traits as a Persian, except that Exotics have a shorter coat.
If these cats had to be described using one word, that word would be ‘round.’ They have large, round eyes that are placed on their round head, which sits atop their thick, round neck and body. Even their short, stocky legs have a rounded appearance.
With such a description, it is easy to assume that most Exotics are overweight, and they certainly may appear so, but more often than not, this is simply an optical illusion. Exotics are, in fact, big-boned, and when combined with their extremely thick and plush coat, it creates a chubby appearance. This may raise the question, “Exactly how big do Exotic Shorthair cats get?” Well, these cats can weigh quite a bit—up to 15 pounds.
The Exotic Shorthair personality can simply be described as calm and friendly. Due in part to their easy-going nature, these felines acclimate well to an apartment or household environment, and they enjoy being around kids and adults. Exotics prefer to have company, so if you have a job that requires you to be out of the house for long hours, your Exotic will be thankful for another animal companion.
More energetic than Persians, Exotics enjoy playing simple games, but at the end of the day, they will just want to curl up in your lap—don’t be offended when your cat doesn’t want to cuddle in bed at night, Exotics prefer a cool place for sleeping.
These cats are not overly vocal, but they may let out a little purr or chirp on occasion. Although a very friendly cat, many are often hesitant towards strangers, at least at first. After getting to know them for even a short amount of time, most Exotics will warm up to their new friend and even want to play or cuddle on their lap.
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