The Exotic Shorthair is a breed of catdeveloped to be a shorthaired version of the Persian.
The Exotic Shorthair issimilar to the Persian in many ways, including temperament and conformation,with the exception of the short dense coat.
It has even inherited many of thePersian's health problems.
The Persian was used as an outcross bysome American Shorthair breeders in the late 1950s to "improve" their breed.
Thecrossbreed look gained recognition in the show ring but other AmericanShorthair breeders, unhappy with the changes, successfully produced a newbreed standard that would disqualify ASH that showed signs of crossbreeding.
OneASH breeder who saw the potential of the Persian/ASH cross proposed andeventually managed to get the Cat Fanciers' Association to recognize themas a new breed in 1966, under the name Exotic Shorthair.
During the breedingprogram, crosses were also made with the Russian Blue and the Burmese.
Since1987, the only allowable outcross breed is the Persian.
The FédérationInternationale Féline recognized the Exotic Shorthair in 1986.
Because of the regular use of Persians as outcrosses, some Exotics may carry acopy of the recessive longhair gene.
When two such cats mate, there is a onein four chance of each offspring being longhaired.
Ironically, longhairedExotics are not considered Persians by CFA, although The International CatAssociation accepts them as Persians.
Other associations register them as aseparate Exotic Longhair breed.
Description Head: Oval, massive.
Very broad skull.
Round, full cheeks.
Short, broad, round muzzle.
Short, broad nose with pronounced stop.
Broad, powerful jaws.
Ears: Small, rounded at the tip, not tooopen at the base.
Widely spaced and well-furnished with hair on the inside.
Eyes: Large, round, well-spaced.
Pure, deep color corresponding to that of thecoat.
Neck: Short and thick.
Body: Medium in size, cobby, low to the ground.
Large-boned, powerful muscles.
Weight: 3,5 – 6 kilogram.
Paw: Short, straight, and large.
Round, large paws.
Tufts of hair between thetoes are desirable.
Tail: Short, thick, carried low.
Coat: Shorthaired but slightly longerthan that of other shorthaired breeds.
Dense, fluffy, erect hair.
All Persiancolors are recognized.
Character Exotic Shorthairs have a gentle and calm personality reminiscent of the Persian,but are livelier than their long-haired ancestors.
Curious and playful, they arefriendly to other cats and dogs.
They don’t like being left alone, and needthe presence of their owner.
They tend to show more affection and loyalty thanmost breeds and make excellent lap cats.
Their calm and steady nature makes themideal apartment cats for city dwellers.
Nonetheless, Exotics retain some of theenergetic spark of their American Shorthair forebears and they are oftencapable mouse hunters.
Care and grooming Unlike the high-maintenance Persian, the Exotic is able to keep its own fur tidywith little human assistance, though weekly brushing and combing isrecommended to remove loose hair and reduce shedding and hairballs.
As with other flat-faced animals, the Exotic's tears are prone to overflowingthe nasolacrimal duct, dampening and staining the face.
This can be relievedby periodically wiping the cat's face with a cloth moistened with water or oneof the commercial preparations made expressly for the purpose.
This breed does not reach maturity until around two years of age and enterspuberty fairly late.
When two Exotic Shorthairs are crossed, they may producelonghaired kittens called “Exotic Longhairs” by the C.
but consideredPersian by other registering bodies.
Externally they look like Persians.
Health Feline polycystic kidney disease.
Exoticshorthairs as is the case of Persians and other Persian derived cats have ahigh chance of inheriting PKD, a disease that can lead to kidney failure.
Severalstudies using ultrasound scan screening have shown that the prevalence of PKD inexotics is between 40-50% in developed nations.
DNA screening for PKD isrecommended for all exotic shorthair cats used in breeding programs, toreduce the incidence of kidney disease, by spaying and neutering PKD positivecats.
In popular culture Calico, Mr.
Tinkles' sidekick from the Cats & Dogs series.
There has been a long argument that Garfield might be an Exotic Shorthairbecause of his shape and his short and square build.
However, Garfield's facialfeatures don't resemble an Exotic Shorthair's, as Garfield has extendedlips while Exotics have short lips.
Granted, when Garfield is passive hislips are much shorter, so he very well could be an Exotic.
Ferguson from the American television show New Girl is an Exotic Shorthairtabby.
Pudge the Cat, an internet-famous cat,is an Exotic Shorthair.
Smoosh, another Internet felinesensation, is an Exotic Shorthair.
Smoosh is a "boyfriend" of Lil Bub.
Snoopybabe, another Internet feline sensation who is living in China, is anExotic Shorthair.
Pandorka The Cat, a new internet catstar, is an Exotic Shorthair.
Bronte, a singing cat in an advert forUK mobile phone network 3 References External links Cat Fanciers Association Exotic BreedCouncil [[Category:Cat breeds originating in theUnited States].