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Prudent Pet Loves Exotic Shorthairs

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.

United States, 1950s

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About Exotic Shorthairs

Exotic Shorthairs look a lot like their Persian relatives but with a much shorter, more manageable coat.

Daily brushing is required for Persians to keep their coats healthy, whereas a simple weekly brushing is all that’s needed for Exotic Shorthairs.

In fact, Exotic Shorthairs are considered a non-shedding cat breed! The Exotic Shorthair’s low-maintenance coat is acceptable in any color or pattern, so its appearance varies widely. But all Exotic Shorthairs have a signature flat face, contributing to the breed’s adorable and slightly comical look.

Owning an Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair Health

Since the Exotic Shorthair enjoys napping as much as playing, it’s a good fit for any personality or family.

These cats are good with children and other animals, and they enjoy following their humans around the house. They are among the most loyal and sociable of cats and like nothing more than curling up on someone’s lap.

Major Exotic Shorthair Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Minor Exotic Shorthair Health Concerns

  • Tear duct issues
  • Bladder and kidney stones
  • Tooth misalignment
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At a glance

Exotic Shorthair Characteristics

  • Females: 10 - 12 inches
  • Males: 10 - 12 inches
  • Females: 8 - 12 pounds
  • Males: 8 - 13 pounds
  • High moisture, high protein
Activity Level
  • Low

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Pet Insurance for Exotic Shorthairs

Exotic Shorthairs have an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

However, these cats are prone to a variety of major and minor health issues. Pet insurance for an Exotic Shorthair is generally less expensive than pet insurance for a mixed cat.

Since this breed is likely to have hereditary issues, it is important to get pet insurance for Exotic Shorthairs within the first 1-2 years.

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Exotic Shorthair Rescues

Looking to rescue a Exotic Shorthair cat? Here are some of the top Exotic Shorthair rescues in the country: