Exotic Shorthair Cat

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Exotic Shorthair Cat

Breed: Exotic Shorthair Cat
Temperament: affectionate and lively
Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
Recommended for: families and the elderly
Maintenance: low


Exotic shorthairs have the body type and carriage of a Persian but with a dense coat which is thick and soft like a British Shorthair. The coat can grow up to 7.5cm (3") but should not be long enough to fall or flop. The Exotic Shorthair’s face is flat like the Persian and the breed comes in all 96 colours of the Persian, these include black, white, cream, blue, himalayan and tortoiseshell with the appropriately matched eye colour.


Exotic Shorthairs are happy, lively and outgoing cats. They are more athletic than the Persian and more sociable than the British Shorthair as well as being cuddly and affectionate.


The Exotic Shorthair was bred in the USA in the 1960’s by crossing a Persian longhair with an American Shorthair. American Shorthair breeders were keen to broaden the breed’s colour range. The first crosses resulted in a heavy boned densely furred cat. After many years this breed is now recognised in the US and Australia. In Australia the breed is being developed by crossing Persians with British rather than American Shorthairs.

Health and lifespan

The squashed face of the exotic Shorthair cat can lead to some eye problems. Blocked tear ducts and discharge from the eyes is common so keep the eyes clean with a tissue or wet washer. Exotic Shorthairs have an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.


Exotic Shorthairs are not fussy eaters and need a balanced diet of canned and fresh meat. Calcium supplements are recommended for maturing cats.

Breeding and cost

It is recommended to breed Persian to Exotic or Exotic to Exotic to produce Exotic Shorthairs. Exotic Shorthairs make good mothers and do not have many problems kittening. Litters usually consist of four to five kittens. About 50% of the litter are Exotics, the other 50% have longhair and cannot be shown as Exotics. Kittens sell for about $250 plus depending on the quality of the animal.

Housepet Potential 

Exotic Shorthairs are equally at home indoors or outdoors and they make a great family pet. If the cats are kept indoors they need a fresh supply of water and some grass grown in a pot on which they can chew. While their shorter hair is less obvious than a Persians, nonetheless they do shed heavily leading up to summer. Exotic Shorthair cats are great companion pets for the elderly as well as being suitable for a family.


The short hair of the exotic makes them much easier to groom than a Persian. Brush or comb their coats once a week and run a damp hand down their coat to remove loose hairs.

Further Information:

Capital Cats Incorporated (for kitten availability)
PO Box 404
Dickson, ACT, 2602
Phone: (02) 6241 3479

NSW Cat Fanciers’ Association (CCCA)
PO Box 379
St Mary
Phone: (02) 9834 6577

Waratah State Cat Alliance (ACF)
Brian Edwards
PO Box 2478 Taren Point Business Centre
Taren Point, 2229
Phone: (02) 9544 1910
Fax: (02) 9527 3695

Queensland Feline Association Inc.
Sec: Jenny Weekes
PO Box 1578
QLD 4213
phone: (04) 3395 1013
email: secretary@gfeline.com

Council of Federated Cat Clubs of Queensland
Secretary: Billie Lowe
PO Box 9139, Wilsonton, QLD 4350,
Phone: 07 4634 5243

Feline Control Council of Qld
Secretary – Bernadette Roberts
PO Box 261
Red Hill
QLD 4059
email: secretary@fccqinc.org.au

Cat Association of Tasmania (ACF)
39 Beach Rd
Linisfarne, 7015
Phone: (03) 6243 7521
Fax: (03) 6243 8660

Cat Control Council of Tasmania
Secretary Dr. John Grove
650 Blessington Road
White Hills
TAS 7258
email: grovejohnr@hotmail.com

Exotic Cat Association of Australasia
Mrs Theresa Imboden – Johnson
Phone: (02) 9899 4086
Website: http://www.geocities.com/ecaofa

Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of SA
Secretary – Mrs Nell Evans
35 Bucknall Rd
Glanville, 5015
Phone: (08) 8449 5880

Feline Association of South Australia Inc
Sec: Mrs Barb Kemp
65 Gray Street Plympton
Phone: (08) 8351 1676 or 0414 485 200

NT Cat Association of the Northern Territory
Mrs Heather Havens
PO Box 3870
Darwin, NT, 0801
Phone: (08) 8932 5225
Email: director@daycaredarwin.com.au

VIC Feline Control Council of Victoria
3/15 Newcastle Road
VIC 3153
Phone: (03) 9720 8811

Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Victoria
Secretary- Mrs D. Oates
4/170 Underwood Rd
Ferntree Gully, 3156
Phone: (03) 9752 4217
Fax: (03) 9752 2769
Email: gccfv@internode.on.net

WA Cat Owners’ Association of WA Inc (CCCA)
PO Box 135
Claremont, 6010
Brenda Fleming
Phone: 08 9459 5798

Feline Control Council of WA
PO Box 915
Cannington, 6107
Phone/Fax: (08) 9452 2885