Exotic | Cat Breed Guide

Exotic | Cat Breed Guide

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The affectionate and sweet Exotic has the look of a Persian but with short hair. She is sweet and affectionate and is a great lap cat. 

Weight: 8-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Temperament: loving, sweet, quiet

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History and Personality

The Exotic was created in the 1950s as a short-haired, low-maintenance alternative to the Persian. 

Often called the “lazy man’s Persian,” she has the big eyes and flat face of the Persian but her roly-poly body has a short, dense coat. Like the Persian, her coat comes in a variety of colors, including white, blue, black, red, cream, lilac and chocolate, and patterns including tortoiseshell, tabby and black-and-white.

The Exotic is a sweet and playful cat, who does well with children and other pets. She is content to sit on your lap and keep you company, but she also enjoys a good game with a pole toy or a balled-up piece of paper. 

Exotics are very affectionate and are known to perch on their person’s shoulder or nudge with their nose. She prefers to be with people and may become lonely if left alone for long periods of time. She is not very chatty but may talk to you in a soft voice.

Females Exotics have a tendency to be more independent, while males can be especially devoted and loving.

The Exotic has the look and easygoing nature of the Persian but without the daily grooming requirements.


The Exotic’s coat is even all over, giving her the roly-poly teddy bear look. Twice weekly brushing is sufficient, but she may need additional brushing when she is shedding her winter coat. Eye care is necessary to prevent staining.

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney disease 
  • Breathing problems
  • Heat sensitivity

Exotics may have genetic health problems such as polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a hereditary condition that causes enlarged kidneys and kidney dysfunction. Because of their flat faces, Exotics may develop breathing problems. They are also sensitive to heat so they need to be protected from hot weather. Consider getting pet insurance for your Exotic to help cover any unexpected illnesses or injuries.