Exotic Shorthairs are a medium-to-large breed of cat with short, thick legs and a muscular, heavy body. They have large, round heads on short, thick necks. Eyes are large and round. The ears are small and rounded at the tip. The ears are also set far apart and set low on the head. Exotic Shorthairs have thick, short tails, Males weigh 7 to 15 pounds and females tip the scales between 6 and 10 pounds.
Their coat is soft, plush and dense, thanks to their undercoat. Descended from Persians, the undercoat is thick. Considered a short-haired breed, Exotic Shorthairs have a longer coat than other short-haired breeds. They come in all colors and patterns.
Exotic Shorthairs are often referred to as a “Persian in his pajamas.” During the late 50s and early 1960s, American Shorthairs were cross-bred with Persians in hope of introducing a silver colored Persian. The result was that American Shorthairs took on Persian characteristics: faces became broader and rounded, noses shortened, ears shrunk and bodies became boxy and compact. The coat became longer, softer and thicker.
Due to all that Persian-influenced hair, you will need to groom your Exotic Shorthair twice a week.
Exotic Shorthairs are devoted cats that tend to bond to one person. He’ll show his devotion by following you around and generally wanting to be in the center of whatever you’re doing at all times. They are so sweet and so affectionate, it’s hard to be mad at them when they won’t let you get any work done. Exotic Shorthairs are playful without a mischievous side; active but not hyper. They’re dignified, quiet and sensitive; an ideal housecat to be sure! They love to play, especially when you (their favorite person) join in the game.