If you love the look of the Persian but can’t face the thought of daily grooming, consider the Exotic Shorthair. Developed through crosses between Persians and American Shorthairs, plus Burmese and Russian Blues, he has the look of the Persian but with a short, plush, easy-care coat. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering acquiring an Exotic Shorthair.
While Persians and their relatives have a laid-back, mellow personality, Exotics are also playful and enjoy a good game of catching the catnip mouse between bouts of catching a few ZZZs. Because of the American Shorthair influence, Exotics are reported to be somewhat livelier than Persians. Undoubtedly, the Exotic personality is, if not identical, very much like the Persian’s—laidback, loyal, sweet, and affectionate. They want to be involved in their favorite humans’ lives and will quietly follow them from room to room just to see what they are doing. They also enjoy hugs and cuddles, and lavish their humans with purrs and licks of affection until the thick coat drives them away to lounge on cool kitchen linoleum or cold fireplace bricks. Because of the short coat, their guardians can spend more time playing with their Exotics than grooming them.Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed