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The Exotic is the shorthaired counterpart to the Persian.

The Exotic is medium to large in size (mostly in our days the Exotics are medium of size), the body is short and solid (called cobby). Legs are short and strong. Bone structure is rather solid.
The head must be round (also when viewed in profile), the skull is broad with a well rounded forehead and dome.
The ears are small and rather deep placed.
The nose is very short and must be broad and has a stop between the eyes, the nose has a deep break between the eyes when the parents originate from Peke-Face Persians.
The eyes are large and round and set wide apart (to give that certain baby look). Eye colour is different in different coat colours: Orange eyes are found in solid colours, tabbies, white, smoke, bicolour. Blue eyes are found in white, bicolours and colourpoints (but bare in mind that the blue of a colourpoint is genetically different from the blue in a white cat!). Green eyes are found in black/blue silver shaded and silver tabbies.
The jaws are broad, bite must be level.
The coat is soft and short, but not too short, when you hold the coat between 2 fingers the hairs must stand over them at least 1,5 - 2cm, with dense undercoat. The coat is not permitted to ly flat to the body, it must stand up (because of the dense undercoat !).
The tail is short, thick and looks like those brushes you use for cleaning bottles, the tail tip is rounded.

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Exotic cream
Cielito Lindo de las Muñecas
breeder Yolanda Fondevilla & Javier Pedrosa

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Exotic white with orange eyes
Ch Ayser's Ice Lady Anastasia
breeder Maarit Lindholm

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Exotic blue
Misza's Effendi
breeder Michael Szaraz


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Exotic tortie tabby
Previka Indiana Rosi
breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss


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Exotic black tabby blotched and white bicolour
Previka Eisbär
breeder Eveline & Karl Preiss

The standard for the Exotics is the same as for the Persians, except that Exotics have a short coat.

Exotics come in the same colours and patterns as the Persians.

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Exotic red tabby blotched
Zig-Zag Tabby Aglaos
breeder Zdenek & Jana Krepl


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Exotic tortie tabby blotched Bicolour
Misza's Made in Austria
breeder Michael Szaraz


The Exotic was bred in North America when breeders made crossings between Persians and American Shorthairs. The breed got its own name in the mid-1960s to differentiate it from the American Shorthair and keep the American Shorthair free from the longhair gene.
Breeders used also British Shorthair and Burmese (American typed Burmese which has a rounded head with a break and a compact body).
The Exotic was recognized first 1967 by CFA.
Exotics are called Persians in pajamas, because unlike the long coat of the Persians might disguise some faults, with the Exotic what you see is what you get.


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Exotic sealpoint
breeder Christine Simpson


The Exotic is like a little Panda Bear, quiet and very affectionate to people, rather little talkative. Everything is done cautiously, but yet they are very alert, they are not seriously in a hurry. They make ideal pets for less active owners as well as for rather busy households.



The cuddly Exotic shares the qualities of the Persians, without requiring constant and excessive grooming. Their coat does not tangle and is not getting knotted. Their coat should be lightly combed from time to time to get rid of old and dead hairs.



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