Combines the placid, affectionate nature of
the Persian with the playful inquisitiveness
of the British Shorthair; makes an ideal family
Care: Gentle brushing will keep the coat in
The Exotic is a medium to large sized cat
with short, thick, strong legs. He has a thick,
soft coat making him able to tolerate cool
climates. The Exotic is easy to groom by giving
regular combings with some extra attention
given during shedding time so as to avoid
All colors are
acceptable for the Exotic Shorthair. For showing
purposes the eye colour must be in conformance
with the coat colour.
Cat is friendly and quite lovable. He is a
quiet cat who is affectionate and makes a
The Exotic Shorthair
is a shorthair cat with Persian "type".
They are shown in the Persian (Longhair) Section
at GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy)
cat shows. They are
a relatively new breed in the UK with many
admirers, and are a happy, healthy and mischievous
breed. With an easily maintained coat they
have quickly established themselves as both
a striking show cat and a loving pet.
For many years, British Shorthair breeders
had occasionally mated their
British cats to Longhairs in order to improve
the bone, body shape, eye colour etc.
The subsequent kittens from these matings
were usually too "over-typed" or
with a too soft and long coat to show them
as British Shorthairs. They were nevertheless
very attractive with a look of their own.
Some breeders wanted to maintain this different
"look" and decided to develop a
"new" breed by breeding from these
kittens and so the Exotic Shorthair in the
In 1983, the Exotic Cat Club was formed and
the members of the Committee of the Clubworked
hard to promote and obtain recognition for
This recognition came in 1986 when the GCCF
awarded Preliminary Recognition to the breed.
Championship status was obtained in 1995,
and now many exotics are among the top show
winners in the UK
For those who like the Persian look but do
not have the time or patience to cope with
the coat of a long-haired cat, an Exotic could
be the answer. The coat, which is slightly
longer than other
short-haired cats, is dense, plush and soft
in texture. With a little regular grooming
to get rid of loose hair the coat will not
mat or tangle.
The temperament of the Exotic also makes
it an ideal choice as a pet. Exotics tend
to be gentle cats with very endearing natures.
They are affectionate and enjoy the attention
of their owners.
They love to play with you or to curl up on
your lap for a nap, they may even want to
sleep with you. Exotics make loyal companions
and are comfortable to have around your home.
The rewards you can get from owning them are
At present there are over 130 colours that
have been allocated breed numbers by G.C.C.F.
and since there are only a few hundred Exotic
kittens being born every year it may not always
be possible to get the exact colour you are
looking for. However, the Exotic Shorthair
Cat Society keeps a kitten register of kittens
that are available at any one time. Details
of who to
contact are listed on the appropriate web
page. In addition you may also get some information
by visiting either a show and looking at the
cats, or the internet looking to see which
colours are being bred by various breeders,
and whereabouts they are in relation to your
How can I find a breeder?
You can find a breeder by; Contacting the
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (G.C.C.F.)
who will be able to give you the relevant
contact information for a breed or area club.5
King's Castle Business Park, The Drove, Bridgwater,
Somerset, TA6 4AG, UK Tel: 01278 427575
Visiting a cat show where you will be able
to see the cats for yourself and also have
the opportunity to speak to breeders and owners
Contacting your local R.S.P.C.A. branch, Cats
Protection branch or other welfare organization.Remember
there may be a few Exotic Cats, who through
no fault of their own (eg.divorce), have ended
being placed with these organizations.Contacting
your local vet, who may be able to help.
What do I look for in a kitten?
Your kitten (and its litter-mates) should
be happy, healthy and robust. It should be
litter-trained (usually by mum), vaccinated
(by the breeder) and show no signs of parasites
Look for a lively, inquisitive kitten with
a good appetite, a clean coat, clean ears
and bright eyes.
Clubs: The Exotic Cat Club & The Exotic
Shorthair Cat Society