The Exotic Cat is a shorthaired version of the Persian. Back In the 50's an American breeder first crossed a Persian with a Burmese. The result was pretty good, a cat with the same beauty of a Persian and very similar in temperament, with the exception of the short dense hair that would be easier to groom. The FIFe (Federation Internationale Feline) recognized them as a new breed in 1986 and the Cat Fanciers' Association in 1996 under the name Exotic Shorthair. The Exotic has been limited to crosses with the Persian so that the breed can maintain its pedigreed status.
The face of the Exotic is very similar to the Persians, oval head, rounded forehead and a broad nose with a pronounced stop. One of the main characteristics of the Exotic is the large, round, wide eyes, their ears are small, rounded at the tip and a short thick neck. They have Powerful muscles and may grow to be up from 7 to 15 pounds (3.5 - 6 Kg), but in height it remains relatively short and close to the ground. They can live up to 15 years.
The Exotic is a low-maintenance cat; they can keep its fur very clean with just a little bit of human assistance. It is recommended to brush the fur weekly to remove loose hair. They are flat-faced animals, so you need to wipe the cat's face periodically to clean all the overflow tears in the nasolacrimal duct, to avoiding a stain in the face.
Exotic Shorthairs have a gentle and calm personality as its relative the Persian. They are curious, playful, and friendly to other animals. They don’t like to be alone, so they want to be with their owner all the time. Also, this breed is one of the most loyal of all; which makes them a perfect companion to have at home. The Exotic will greet you as soon as you get home, and it will make you feel welcome, curling up on your lap.