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Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair Cat Profile

Weight 5.5-10 lb (2.5-4.5 kg)
Origin USA
Color Black, white, brown, orange, gray; multi-colored
Fur Short, soft, thick
Lifespan 10-14 years
Personality Affectionate, docile, quiet, playful
Energy Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Meowing Cat Vocal
Shedding Cat Sheds

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Breed Characteristics

The Exotic Shorthair cat looks very similar to the Persian. They’re sometimes jokingly called “Persian cats for lazy people” because they have the “grumpy” face of the Persian but their shorter hair is considerably easier to care for.

Personality and Temperament

The Exotic Shorthair cat has a very cute, gentle, calm, friendly and loving character. And they’re absolutely easy-going. They’re also much more active and lively than Persian cats (though not as much as the lively Abyssinian or Savannah).

Keeping Them Happy

It doesn’t take much to entertain an Exotic Shorthair: a piece of string, a ribbon toy, a crumpled up piece of paper or a ball is plenty. If its owner doesn’t want to play right now, it will keep them company by sitting at their side or following them through the house. Or even better, sitting on their lap. That’s their favorite place! And the perfect location for petting :)

Unlike challenging cat breeds such as the Balinese or Bengal, the Exotic Shorthair is always unobtrusive and will simply wait patiently until you’re ready to give them love and attention. And they’ll give this back in their special loving way. There is a noticeable difference between female and male Exotic Shorthairs. While the females are a little more reserved, the males tend to be more clingy but also more loving.

They also get on well with dogs.


  • Calm
  • Quiet
  • Docile
  • Patient
  • Affectionate
  • Easy grooming
  • Gets along well with other pets
  • Can deal with any kind of situation


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Exotic Shorthair Exotic Shorthair - Photo: ArjaKo's/Shutterstock

A Popular Cat Breed

The Exotic Shorthair is especially popular in the USA. It has been at the top of the Cat Fancier’s Association’s list for many years. This list portrays the number of registered cats.


The Exotic Shorthair is a medium-sized cat with expressive eyes, small round ears, a short thick neck, short legs and large round paws. Their soft, fluffy coats might be called short but are actually more like half-length. They come in white, blue, black, cream, chocolate, lilac, silver and golden.

Exotic Shorthair Exotic Shorthair - Photo: Arnon.PT/Shutterstock


Who’d have thought it? The Exotic Shorthair was actually an “accident”! The breeders actually wanted to breed American Shorthairs with silver fur and green eyes by adding Persian cats into the mix. The kittens looked more like Persians rather than American Shorthairs. But the breeders liked them and decided to involve Burmese and Russian Blue cats (for the short fur) and then more Persians. And that’s how today’s exotic shorthair cats came to be.

Did You Know?

The exotic shorthair has a very soft, melodic voice.

Comparable Breeds

Exotic Shorthair Exotic Shorthair - Photo: Ewa Studio/Shutterstock

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