as the Exotic Shorthair, or simply Exotic, this is one of the
newest breeds in the feline pantheon, first created in the U.S.
in 1960 by crossing an American Shorthair with a Persian.
the Exotic has become one of the top ten most popular cat breeds
in America. With its large round eyes and snub nose, the Exotic is sometimes jokingly referred to as "the lazy man's
Persian" for its ease of grooming compared to its long-haired
Exotic cat behavior
traits of its Persian cat lineage, Exotics are sweet, gentle and most comfortable around quiet and familiar surroundings. Calm and patient,
they are natural apartment dwellers and the ultimate in affectionate lap cats,
although they also may exhibit their American Shorthair cat bloodline with bursts of playful activity, and often make excellent mousers.
The breed of the comic strip cat -- the lasagna-loving Garfield -- was never specified, but
Garfield fans often associate with the Exotic Shorthair, and for good reason.
Compared with the care required to maintain the luxurious coat
of a Persian, the Exotic is practically maintenance-free and only
requires a weekly brushing to reduce shedding problems and hair balls.
Like the Persian,
the Exotic is prone to excessive
tear production and tear staining. In minor occurrences, the
condition may be relieved by wiping the area with a moist cloth,
although more serious occurrences may lead to chronically blocked
tear ducts and sinus infections.
jaw is another inherited condition from its Persian ancestors,
an obvious underbite sometimes associated with chewing difficulties
and dental problems.
about Exotic Shorthair cats around the Web:
Shorthair FAQ - Find informative details on the Exotic's history,
cat show standards, photos of various colors and types, a list
of cat breeders and average Exotic prices, and and overview of
care & special health concerns.