Exotic Shorthair

Growth Size

Exotic Shorthairs grow to a weight of 3.5 – 6kg.


12 – 14 years.


Exotic Shorthairs are very sociable cats. They absolutely love human companionship and will shower their owners with affection.

Training Difficulty

Exotic Shorthairs do better with more passive tricks, such as staying. This is not to say they can't learn more active tricks, such as jumping on command, but persistence is the key.

Recommended Owners

Ideal for busy people, who still want to let a cat into their lives. Exotic Shorthairs love company, but are also content to be on their own.


The Exotic Shorthair breed came about in the 1950s when American Shorthair breeders wanted to incorporate aspects of the Persian into their breed. This resulted in a cat that was essentially a Persian with a short and easy to maintain coat.


All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


With a low-maintenance coat, the Exotic Shorthair is an easy cat to groom. A quick brush weekly should suffice to remove any loose hairs.


Occasionally an Exotic Shorthair can be born with long hair. When this happens they can be registered as a Persian. Being originally bred from Persians, the short coat has earned the Exotic Shorthair the nickname 'The Lazy Man's Persian'.