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Exotic Shorthair

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Affectionate, Devoted, Easygoing

Affectionate, Devoted, Easygoing

Exotic Shorthairs are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Exotic Shorthairs, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Exotic Shorthair and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Cobby, medium to large, broad Coat:Medium length, dense, plush, soft

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
1

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Exotic Shorthairs are prone to obesity, so be sure to watch her weight. Wash her face regularly with a damp cloth to keep tears from staining her face. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Exotic Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Exotic Shorthairs are playful, affectionate, and social. They make an excellent family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Has a quiet or soft voice

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Loyal and loving companion

Negative Traits: 

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

  • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

  • Prone to a number of health problems

  • Prone to separation anxiety

Whether you are considering adding a new Exotic Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Exotic Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Exotic Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues an Exotic Shorthair could encounter:

Heart Disease

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Cataract

Eyelid Agenesis

Urolithiasis

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Hip Dysplasia

Portosystemic Shunt

Wishing to create a shorthaired variant of the Persian, breeders crossed Persians with British Shorthairs and other shorthaired breeds to create the Exotic Shorthair. First recognized as its own breed in 1967, the Exotic retains the affectionate, easy going attitude of the Persian, and gained the easier coat maintenance and higher energy levels of their shorthaired cousins. The Exotic Shorthair won't demand a lot of attention, but they are a playful entertainer, which makes them an excellent companion for families with multiple pets and children.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Exotic Shorthair shows signs of the following:

  • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • noisy or labored breathing

  • lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

  • abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

  • lethargy; weight loss; chronic or recurrent infections, especially upper respiratory infections or gingivitis

  • Care

    Routine Care: Exotic Shorthairs are prone to obesity, so be sure to watch her weight. Wash her face regularly with a damp cloth to keep tears from staining her face. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Exotic Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Exotic Shorthairs are playful, affectionate, and social. They make an excellent family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Has a quiet or soft voice

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Loyal and loving companion

    Negative Traits: 

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

    • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

    • Prone to a number of health problems

    • Prone to separation anxiety

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Exotic Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Exotic Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Exotic Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues an Exotic Shorthair could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Brachycephalic Syndrome

    Cataract

    Eyelid Agenesis

    Urolithiasis

    Polycystic Kidney Disease

    Hip Dysplasia

    Portosystemic Shunt

  • History

    Wishing to create a shorthaired variant of the Persian, breeders crossed Persians with British Shorthairs and other shorthaired breeds to create the Exotic Shorthair. First recognized as its own breed in 1967, the Exotic retains the affectionate, easy going attitude of the Persian, and gained the easier coat maintenance and higher energy levels of their shorthaired cousins. The Exotic Shorthair won't demand a lot of attention, but they are a playful entertainer, which makes them an excellent companion for families with multiple pets and children.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Exotic Shorthair shows signs of the following:

    • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • noisy or labored breathing

    • lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

    • abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

    • lethargy; weight loss; chronic or recurrent infections, especially upper respiratory infections or gingivitis

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