Exotic Shorthairs are known affectionately as the “lazy man’s Persian.”
With a lineage that includes both Persian and American Shorthair cats, Exotic Shorthairs combine the best traits of both breeds. Exotic Shorthairs are playful like their American counterparts, but they also have a mellow side like their Persian cousins.
A relatively new breed of cat, Exotic Shorthairs first appeared in the United States during the 1950s when breeders attempted to breed Persian-like cats with more maintenance-friendly coats. Exotic Shorthairs were recognized as their own distinct breed and accepted into the Cat Fanciers Association in 1967. Due to their adorable features and charming personalities, they have grown in popularity ever since.