Exotic Cat

Exotic CatThe Exotic has the body and head type of the Persian, but has a short, plush coat.

The breed was developed during the 1950s and 1960s by crossing Persians and various shorthaired breeds, although early in their development, CFA restricted outcrosses to the American Shorthair when it was accepted for championship status in 1967.

The breed is called the Exotic Shorthair in most associations. It is called the Exotic here because some longhaired offspring of Exotics are called Exotic Longhairs, and at least a few organizations recognize this as a separate breed. Exotics are available in the same rainbow of colors and patterns as the Persian breed.


Like the Persian, the Exotic is a docile, gentle cat with a soft voice. They are sweet-tempered pets who enjoy sitting on laps and the refined comforts of home.

The Exotic is sometimes called the "lazy man's Persian", as it has the same body and head type, but without the daily grooming requirements.

Associations: The Exotic is accepted in all major cat registries in its shorthaired variety. AACE, ACA, ACFA, UFO, and CFF also recognize the Exotic Longhair.

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