Squishy-faced, smoosh-faced, flat-faced – there are lots of ways to describe the adorable, nearly nose-les look of the brachycephalic breeds. Perhaps most well-known are the lavish-locked Persians, a popular breed the world over. What if you like the look, but you are rightly intimidated by the Fabio-like tresses and the excessive need for grooming and maintenance? This wasn’t exactly the problem American Shorthair breeders were trying to solve when they crossed the American Shorthair with the Persian, but it turned out to be the happy result.
The Exotic Shorthair has all the teddy-bear appeal, rounded curves, and gentle temperament of the Persian with a short, thick, and plush coat that doesn’t mat or tangle. The Persian has lent this breed a calm and steady nature, but the American Shorthair has given them a spark of exuberance and life. It’s unlikely anyone will ever describe this breed as “active”, but they are a bit livelier than their longhaired ancestors. Unlike the Persian, the Exotic Shorthair may be a somewhat capable mouser.
Unfortunately, the Persian does not have a reputation as the healthiest of breeds, and the Exotic Shorthair has inherited many of their difficulties. First and foremost are the difficulties all of the cats with “pushed-in” faces have: breathing difficulties, issues with tear ducts and sinuses, and misaligned or crowded teeth. They may have a greater difficulty in heat and humidity, and many airlines will not allow them to fly due to increased breathing risks.
Appearance / health:
The Exotic Shorthair is medium-to-large sized, stocky and heavy-boned with short, thick legs. They are broad-chested, broad-shouldered, and broad-rumped. The cat has a round, even pudgy appearance, though more due to their build than extra fat. They may be surprisingly well-toned, despite their appearance.
The head and face of the Exotic Shorthair is its most distinct characteristic. The head is quite large, round, and broad, and sits atop a short and thick neck. The face is decidedly round with full cheeks and a rounded chin. Their snub-nose is extremely short, with an indent between the eyes, but when seen in profile, the forehead, nose, and chin are in vertical alignment. The eyes are very large and very round with an almost worried or grumpy expression, and come in a variety of colors, including yellows, to golds, to coppers, and greens and blues in correspondence with certain coat colors. The ears are small with a rounded tip, with lots of hair on the inside. The tail is relatively short and thick, with a rounded tip, and typically carried low.
Though the Exotic Shorthair is truly a shorthaired breed, the coat is somewhat longer and certainly fluffier than most shorthaired breeds. They have a thick, dense undercoat which causes the fur to stand out from the body. They have a decidedly “plush” look. Their coat comes in a broad variety of colors and patterns including white, blue, black, red, cream, chocolate, and lilac, plus the more unusual shades of chinchilla: silver, gold, blue. They may come in patterns of solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, calico, particolor, or bicolor. The pointed patterns of the Himalayan are also possible.
As a brachycephalic breed, the Exotic Shorthair may suffer from a variety of health issues related to the unconventional structure of their face. Some have tear-duct and sinus issues, and due to their shortened jaw, may experience tooth misalignment or overcrowding. More seriously, they may suffer from a congenital condition known as Brachycephalic airway syndrome, in which abnormalities of the airway result in breathing difficulties, inflamed airways, and increased strain on the heart.
The Exotic Shorthair may also be somewhat more prone to calcium oxalate crystal formation in the bladder and kidneys. They are also one of the breeds that should be screened for Polycystic Kidney Disease, an inherited disorder.
Behavior / temperament:
The Exotic Shorthair is a cat of exceeding gentleness and one of the most demonstrably affectionate breeds. They live for love, and if you make them your world, they’ll make you theirs. They are a devout lap cat, quiet and calm. Though they love to play, this is a docile breed that is unlikely to tear your house apart. They don’t need elaborate games to keep themselves occupied: a simple paper ball or dangling string will do just fine.
They make an ideal companion for those living in a small space, or an elderly person in search of a peaceful and loving friend. They are very in-tune with human emotions, and seem to know when you need quiet companionship, or more overt nuzzles and nudges. Despite their affectionate nature, they’re not a demanding cat. They much prefer company and don’t do well if left alone for long periods of time, but they don’t mind being a quiet observer of your daily activities. The Exotic Shorthair is a sweet, steady, and a dependable friend.
Great cat, Big boned cat, cuddle kitty, best tempererd breed, Lap kitty, exotic exotis, fearless breed
PKD DNA, Polycystic Kidney disease, matted
genetic guarantee, nice big nostrils, longhaired counterparts, flat face
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