An exciting, fun cat, the Exotic does not mind changes in routine and is generally friendly with anyone and everyone.


Size: Medium – Large
Weight: 4 – 5+ kg
Coat Length: Medium – Long
Coat Colour: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream, Caramel, Apricot, Golden Shell, Chinchilla, Tipped, Tortoiseshell, Silver, Cameo, Smoke, Tabby (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted and Ticked)
Eye Colour: Blue, Copper, Hazel, Odd-eyed
Grooming: High
Longevity: 8 – 10 years
Attention Needs: Moderate



History of the Breed

The allure of the Persian’s beauty has captivated many, yet the care demanded by the longhaired Persian can be daunting and time-consuming. There was a desire for a shorthaired version of the Persian that maintained a distinctive appearance but was easier to manage.

In the 1960s, a breeding program was initiated in the United States. The Persian was bred with American Shorthair cats and occasionally with Burmese to create what the original breeders envisioned – the Exotic.

The Exotic comes in a longhaired version, although the coat is generally not as lengthy as that of the Persian.

Depending on registration location, the Exotic may be referred to as the Exotic Shorthair or the Longhaired Exotic.


The Exotic is typically a medium-sized cat, appearing massive and heavily boned. A broad chest can give the impression of being larger than the actual size.

This breed has an extreme appearance, characterized by a short, thick body, thick legs, and a short, thick neck. Despite heavy boning, the tail is short, and the ears are small. The head is round with large, round eyes, and in profile, the face is flat, showcasing mostly nose leather.

The Exotic’s coat is thick and plush, creating a puffy appearance due to the dense undercoat.


A placid cat, the Exotic exhibits bursts of kitten-like activity. Whether sleeping in the sun or suddenly running around the room, known for their playful nature.

The Exotic enjoys stretching out next to you, sleeping in your bed, and sitting on your lap when in the mood. Adaptable to changes in routine, they are generally friendly with everyone.

Living With Exotic

To maintain good condition, the Exotic requires controlled nutrition, especially given the breed’s lower level of exercise. Both nutrition and exercise need attention.

Affirmative exercise is crucial to keeping the Exotic in top condition. While they enjoy playing with their parent and interactive toys, chasing balls, and attacking catnip mice, daily exercise may require encouragement.

Daily attention is essential for the Exotic’s coat, whether shorthaired or longhaired. Regular brushing and combing are necessary to prevent matting and remove the undercoat. Neglecting daily grooming can lead to clumping, making the coat difficult to manage. Additionally, the flat face requires careful cleaning to address tear stains.