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Exotic Shorthairs - The Shorthaired Persian

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This FAQ has been compiled by the following exhibitors:

Patti Dailey, Daisen, Eugene Oregon, email:

Claire Farmer, Revvilee Persians and Exotics, Spokane Washington
Mary Lou Mills (Tacoma Wash)/Colleen Power [California] Caliope

Copyright (c)1995 Patti Dailey, Claire Farmer and Colleen Power, All
Rights Reserved.

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* Description
* History
* Show Standards
* Exotic Shorthair Colors
* Price Range of Exotics
* Special Medical Concerns

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Exotic Shorthairs are wonderful shorthaired versions of the Persian.
They have the flat faces of the Persian but a short plush Teddy Bear
look, and the usual small squeaky Persian voices. Very responsive to
humans and human emotions, this breed has inherited their very tame
personality and gentle ways from their Persian ancestry. However,
twenty years ago, several shorthaired breeds were used as outcrosses
to bring in the short coated gene, and as a result, Exotics are
generally livelier and more inquisitive than Persians.

Showing the Exotic Shorthair has been called a "Persian wet tee-shirt
contest." It is like showing a Persian in its underwear or sopping
wet. The Exotic must meet the Persian standard with regard to nose,
eye, ear, chin, and build. There is no long coat to be trimmed to hide
ears that are too large, or set to high on the head. No massive ruff
to hide a neck that is too long. No flowing coat to disguise those
cats standing too tall or cowhocked. There are no great chops to be
shaped to embellish a head that is too small or not round enough.

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Recognized by most cat associations in the late 1960s, the Exotic
Shorthair comes in all colors. Some lines were developed using the
Burmese to introduce the short coat. Other lines were developed using
the British and American Shorthair, even Russian Blues were used by
some. But today, the only acceptable outcross is to the Persian.

In the early 1960s, American Shorthair breeders began using Persians
as outcrosses in an attempt to strengthen their type. However, the
resulting kittens were unique and had a decidedly different appearance
than they were looking for. This caused quite a furor between American
Shorthair and Persian breeders in CFA. Finally, because the look was
appealing, the breeders working with the hybrid lines decided to work
on a new breed to be called the Exotic Shorthair. American Shorthair
breeders were given a choice of registering the kittens as Americans
or Exotics, but once registered as Exotics they could not return to
American. In the mid-1960s, the core breeders expanded the program to
include other shorthair breeds such as Burmese and British Shorthairs.
In 1967 CFA gave formal recognition to the Exotic Shorthair as a
breed. Among the early pioneers was Lion House Cattery, where top
silvers and silver tabbies were produced from American Shorthair
outcrosses. Another early pioneer was New Dawn Cattery, owned by ACFA
judge Carolyn Bussey, who used Burmese as her shorthair outcross.

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Show Standards

"The ideal Exotic should present an impression of a heavily boned,
well balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines...

The large, round eyes set wide apart in a large round head contribute
to the overall look and expression...

The thick plush coat softens the lines of the cat and accentuates the

TICA Standard

(100 point total)

Head 30 points
Body 25 points
Head Type 10 points
Boning 7.5 points
Chin 5 points
Shape/Size 7.5 points
Nose Type 5 points
Musculature 5 points
Cheeks/Jowls 5 points
Legs/Feet 5 points
Ears 5 points
Tail 5 points
Eyes 10 points
Coat/Color 20 points
Shape/Size 5 points
Coat 10 points
Color 5 points
Color 10 points
Condition/Balance 10 points

Point Counts in CFA:

Head (including size and shape of eyes; ear shape and set) .......30
Type(including shape, size, bone and length of tail)..............20
Coat.............................................. ................10
Balance........................................... .................5
Refinement........................................ .................5
Color............................................. ................20
Eye Color............................................. ............10

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Exotic Shorthair Colors

The only colors recognized were traditional Persian or American
Shorthair colors until 1980 when TICA was formed and recognized the
Exotic Shorthair in pointed colors. Today ACFA and CFA recognize
pointed Exotics as well. TICA again expanded the acceptable Exotic
colors in 1989 when it accepted cats in the intermediate color
categories (sepia and mink).

Below is a short list of the many colors you can find in exotic

Black and White Bicolor
Cameo Tabby
Solid Black
Solid Blue
Solid White
Brown Patched Tabby
Blue Cream
Red Tabby
Smoke Sepia

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Price Range of Exotics

One of the unfortunate aspects of outcrossing to Persians means that
fifty percent of the kittens may be longhaired, and indistinguishable
in appearance from Persian kittens! Most associations recognize these
longhaired versions as Persians, and many have granded as Persians in
these associations. These kittens generally are priced the same as
Persian kittens in your area ($250-$600).

Exotic Shorthaired Kittens range in price from ($350-$1000) for an
altered kitten. Breeding or Show kittens range in price from
$800-$3500, depending upon the bloodlines and show expectations.

If you are interested in contacting a breeder, here is a list of
Exotic Shorthair breeders who are on-line.

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Special Medical Concerns

The Exotic Shorthair is subject to the same medical concerns as the
Persian. At the top of the list are problems associated with an
asymetrical jaw. These problems can affect the cat's ability to bite
and eat properly, and can also lead to dental problems. Other problems
that can manifest themselves in Exotic Shorthairs a Sinus problems,
tear duct problems, eye problems such as Keratosis Sequestrium (which
is prevalent in both Persian-types and Siamese, and is not
genetic-based, but rather a consequence of having an extreme amount of
exposed eye surface). Most of the other problems are caused by
careless breeding, excessive inbreeding, or overbreeding for the

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With much thanks to Marie Lamb for her help in establishing this FAQ.

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Exotic Shorthair FAQ
Patti Dailey,

updated 29 August 1995

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