A Guide to the Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

27 November 2017

  • Size: Medium
  • Activity: Medium
  • Noise: Low
  • Allergies: High
  • Independence: Low
  • Grooming: Medium


The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is a mid-century masterpiece, developed in the 1950s to be a shorthaired version of the Persian cat. Persian breeders crossed their prize winning puddas with American Shorthairs and the SUPER cute and ginchy Exotic Shorthair cat breed was born.  


My oh my, what big eyes you have! The Exotic Shorthair cat’s expressive and large eyes are too cute for mere words. One forlorn look from this kitty and your hooman heart will surely melt. They have large, round heads, small, wide set ears and a smooshed, short nose that make their cartoonish appearance even more pronounced. A compact body and short thick legs complete the Exotic Shorthair cat’s adorable get-up.


The Exotic Shorthair cat breed has the calm and friendly attitude of its Persian forebears but is known to be a little more playful and active - perfect for young families and the young at heart. Keep your Exotic Shorthair comfortable with plenty of catnap locations and spots for sunshine snoozing. Indulge their placidly playful nature with a range of stimulating and queen quality cat toys and you’ll be rewarded with the cutest head bumps and bleps the world has ever known.  


The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is easier to care for than its longhaired Persian ancestors. Its dense short coat just needs a weekly brush, which is enjoyable for kitties and hoomans alike. Due to their adorable flat face, your Exotic Shorthair cat will need tear stain maintenance - a quick wipe with a clean damp cloth every few days will keep them feeling and looking funky fresh.


The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is not suitable for those with cat allergies. Their short, dense coat sheds, creating havoc for your sensitive sinus. Have a peek here to see our top 5 hypoallergenic cat breeds for cat allergy sufferers to avoid the sniffles.

Suggested names

These mid-century modern pudda-cats make us dream of sunken living room parties and weekend getaways to Palm Springs. Here are our suggestions for dang cute Exotic Shorthair puddas:

  • Gidget
  • Peggy
  • Bop
  • Daddy-O
  • Bobby Boy

Not sure if you should add the Exotic Shorthair to your dance card? Make the first move with our 5 reasons to love them here. Looking for someone new? Fall in love with another cat breed with our Ultimate Guide to Cat Breeds here.


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