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Exotic Shorthair


The original breeders of the Exotic Shorthair were looking for a short-haired version of the Persian. In the USA breeders combined American Shorthairs and Persians, to obtain a silver color and green eyes. US breeder Jane Martinke proposed that these cats should be called Sterling because of their color. The aim was to create cats that looked just like Persians but with a short, dense, silver coat. However, the original idea of a purely silver breed was scrapped, and the name that stuck was Exotic Shorthair.

Th Exotic comes in a wide variety of colors. The cats were crossed with short-haired breeds such as Burmese and Russian Blue to fully integrate the shorthair gene in the breeding stock. This was straightforward, as the short coat gene is a dominant one, and after these initial outcrosses the offspring were bred back to Persians.

Exotic Shorthair breeders had slow progress in the early days, for reasons that were nothing to do with genes. Persian breeders proved reluctant to provide their cats as breeding stock. However, once the new breed was established, the popularity of the Exotic Shorthair began to increase, and it became more fixed as a standalone breed. More and more Persian breeders were then willing to help, and some even took on Exotic Shorthair breeding. The goal to produce a short-haired Persian ran in parallel, and so as Persian type changed so did Exotic Shorthair type.

The breed standards of the Exotic Shorthair and Persian are actually identical, with the exception of coat length. The Exotic Shorthair gained championship recognition from TICA in June 1979.


Exotic Shorthairs are easygoing and affectionate. They love comfort and are never happier than when they can snuggle down in a nice warm lap. This makes them perfect house cats, and they thrive indoors. They are very docile, and as long as they are given treats and attention, they are very easy to please. They help make everyone around them relax!


Comes in a wide variety of color variations.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: USA
  • Rough date of Origin: 1960s
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: Low
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Relaxed
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Weight: 3.5 - 7.0kg
  • Size: Medium
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

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