Exotic Shorthair Advantages and Challenges
Exotic Shorthair Physical Characteristics
Exotic Shorthair Personality
The Persian is the most popular breed in America, but it’s no secret that the Persian needs intensive daily grooming to maintain that long and lustrous coat. For busy people who like the look of a Persian but don’t have time for the daily maintenance, the Exotic Shorthair is the ideal choice. The Exotic Shorthair is nearly identical to its Persian forebear in every way with one very special exception: the Exotic Shorthair's short coat is thick, dense and plush, tending not to mat or tangle, which means it requires far less grooming than a Persian’s. For this reason, ExoticShorthairs are affectionately known as the lazy man’s Persian.
Exotic Shorthair History and General Information
History and Origin
The Exotic Shorthair is a wonderful shorthaired relative of the Persian, a man-made breed resulting from the cross of the Persian with the American Shorthair and other shorthaired cats. In the early 1960s, American Shorthair breeders originally began using Persians as outcrosses in an attempt to strengthen their type. However, the resulting kittens were unique and looked decidedly different than they had expected.
Relatively carefree (at least compared to the Persian), the Exotic Shorthair breed still requires regular grooming to keep dead hair from clogging the coat, and to keep shedding under control.
Exotic Shorthair Health
The Exotic Shorthair is a fairly sturdy breed, but subject to the same medical concerns as the Persian. At the top of the list are problems associated with an asymmetrical jaw, which can affect the cat's ability to bite and eat properly, and can also lead to dental problems. Other potential health issues to watch for are sinus, tear duct and eye problems.
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