History of the Breed
Exotic Shorthair cats are a cross between an American or British Shorthair and a Persian. They were originally created in the early 1960’s and formally recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1967.
The Exotic Shorthair cat has been nicknamed, the “lazy man’s Persian”. The reason being is that the Exotic Shorthair has the temperament and conformation of a Persian, but because their coat is short and dense, instead of long and prone to matting, there is a lot less upkeep.
Exotic Shorthairs tend to be gentle, calm, and playful. They will follow you around the house and then cuddle in your lap when you settle in.
- Because they are a brachycephalic (flat-faced) breed, they are more prone to upper respiratory problems. Their large, bulging eyes are also at higher risk of injury. Don’t delay seeking veterinary care if you notice squinting of the eyes, sneezing, or discharge from the nose.
- They tend to have overflowing of tears onto the face. Keeping the face wiped dry can help prevent a secondary skin infection on the face.
- Because they are prone to kidney disease, annual blood work starting at age 7 years of age is recommended. Sooner if you notice excessive thirst, large urine production, vomiting or weight loss.