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Exotic (Exotic Shorthair)

Origin: U.S.A.

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Thick, plush, medium-length coat with a rich, thick undercoat.
There are approximately 70 colors, color combinations and coat patterns, which include lilac, white, black, tabby, parti-color and shell, to name a few.
Special considerations: 
Exotics are bred to look just like Persians, except for the shorter coat. They have a heavy-boned, cobby body; huge eyes; and an intense gaze.

In the 1960s, breeders of what were then called Domestic Shorthairs (their name was later changed to American Shorthairs) wanted to improve the breed. They began outcrossing the Domestic Shorthair with silver Persians to obtain the same shaded silver coat for their own cats. The resulting felines, with their flatter faces, larger and rounder eyes, and plusher, fuller coats, became very popular with both show judges and breeders. In fact, the new cats on the block were more successful in competition with other Domestic Shorthairs that did not have Persian in their bloodlines, even though they did not meet the Domestic Shorthair breed standard. Breeders of both Domestic Shorthairs and Persians objected to the new hybrid being shown in the Domestic Shorthair class, and in 1966, they requested that the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) establish a new breed category. The new breed, called the Exotic Shorthair, was established in 1967. The breed was further developed by outcrossing to Burmese, Russian Blues, and Himalayans - all to help establish the Exotic's plush coat. The practice of outcrossing continued until the mid-1970s, when the CFA closed the registry to permit only American Shorthair and Persian outcrosses. In 1987, the CFA revised the rules again, permitting only outcrosses to Persians. In 1990, the CFA changed the name of the Exotic Shorthair to simply the Exotic.

Exotics are exquisitely sweet-faced and serene felines. They are usually very playful, even into old age. They are inquisitive, jovial and intelligent and can be taught tricks like fetch or down. Loyal and affectionate, they love to be groomed, petted, hugged and snuggled. Exotics tend to be sensitive to their owners, offering comfort and closeness when they sense that their owner is upset.
At home: 
Exotics love to be with their people, from sleeping on their pillow at night to snuggling up to watch television together. They also like to stalk anything that moves, and they enjoy jumping in the air after a feather toy or chasing the kids around the house. They are quiet for the most part but won't hesitate to get vocal when they want attention.
The muscular Exotic needs a high-quality, age-appropriate diet.
Exotics are docile and tolerate a lot of handling. They make excellent pets for all types of people, including seniors and families with children. They get along well with other pets but probably prefer the company of their humans to other cats.
The typical life span of the Exotic is 12 to 14 years. The breed may be prone to eye problems, including blocked tear ducts, and sinus problems.
Fun fact: 

Exotics have been called the "lazy man's Persian;" because caring for their shorter coat is less time consuming than that of their Persian cousins.

Grooming blurb: 
Although easier to care for than a longhaired cat, Exotics still need regular grooming. They shed all year, so to prevent hairballs, weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush and metal comb is necessary.
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