Karingal Vet Hospital

328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

Email us

Karingal Vet Call Directions
Book an Appointment

Popular cat series: Exotic Shorthair

Posted on: Jan 31 2020


The Exotic Shorthair was developed as a short-haired version of the Persian in the late 1950s. This was to improve their body type. The crossbreed gained recognition at cat shows, but unhappy breeders decided to set a breed standard that would disqualify it from their shows. However, they were finally recognised as a breed in 1966, under the name Exotic Shorthair.

exotic shorthair


The Exotic Shorthair is a medium sized cat with a large oval head, short thick neck and round flat muzzle. Its ears are small and rounded with large round eyes.

The Exotic Shorthair is a large-boned powerful cat with a broad chest sitting low to the ground. The breed has a short, dense and fluffy coat however some Exotics may carry a recessive longhair gene meaning they have a 1 in 4 chance of kittens with longhair.


They have the same gentle, affectionate and calm nature as their longhaired cousins making them great family cats. The Exotic Shorthair’s are curious, playful, good with children and happy to be left at home on their own.

Health Care

The Exotic’s tear ducts are prone to overflowing due to the shape of their head. They are a Brachycephalic breed, meaning as well as issues with their tear ducts, sinus problems can also occur. Other common issues include brachycephalic airway disease, tooth misalignment or tooth crowding, calcium oxalate urolithiasis (bladder stones), dystocia (difficulty giving birth) and feline polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

exotic shorthair

Owner’s responsibility

Due to the overflowing of the tear duct you must periodically wipe the cat’s face with a wet cloth to avoid staining its coat. Its thick coat needs weekly brushing and combing to remove loose hair and reduce shedding and hairballs.

Exotic Shorthair – Quick Look

Size Medium
Weight 4 kgs – 7 kgs
Coat Short – Dense, fluffy coat with a recessive longhaired gene
Colour The breed comes in all 96 colours of the Persian, these include black, white, cream, blue, Himalayan & tortoiseshell
Lifespan 12 – 14 yrs
Temperament Affectionate, playful and curious

Share this article

328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,

- We will remain closed from the 25th Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020 & on 1st Jan 2021

* We are closed on public holidays.