Exotic Shorthair Cat or “Teddy Bear” in Cat’s World
This is the story of how one unsuccessful experiment (at first sight) was completed successfully. We mean that one-day American scientists wanted to improve and diversify the fur of Persian cats. Thus, they decided to cross an American Shorthair cat with a Persian cat (in order to get a short hair breed with a nice Persian cat face). As a result, cute kittens were born which were called exotic shorthair cats.
The American breeders were not satisfied with the result of this mating and didn’t get the expected result. And only after 6 years exotic shorthair cats became known to more people thanks to one dog breeder. Jane Martinek became the person who offered to register the exotic shorthair cat breed with the World Cat Association.
Some may think that doll face exotic shorthair cat comes from Japan because it’s cute appearance (especially big and expressive eyes) is very similar to the characters from anime. Actually, cat exotic shorthairs are beautiful and faithful pets who have taken from their ancestors the best features of which we will talk about further on.
Exotic Shorthair Facts – External Features and Character Traits
Those features of this breed that American breeders didn’t like at first became the main advantage for many cat lovers around the world. If to describe briefly, the exotic shorthair cat looks like a teddy and clumsy bear with sad eyes. Special attention should be paid to their face, which is charming at first sight.
- Eyes. They are really big, expressive, and far enough away from each other. The color of the exotic cat’s eyes should match the shade of its fur. Brown, green, blue, and yellow are the most common colors among “teddy bear cats”. Their eyes are always soulful and sad.
- Their nose is flattened and slightly upward (it is small and abruptly passes into the frontal part of the face).
- The ears are like small triangles that are slightly lowered down.
- Head and neck: the short and wide neck passes smoothly into a round head with small ears.
- Body structure and size: these exotic cuties have a medium size torso (from 4 to 7 kg), a flat and strong chest, relatively short legs of the same length (with wide pads), and a tail that is proportional to the size of the torso. It should also be noted that these cats have differences between the number of fingers on the hind and front paws (the front limbs have 5 pads and the hind paws only 4).
- The color of the wool can be totally different! For this, they can thank the Persian genetics. Among the exotic breeds, you can find cats of different shades from white to black. The most common colors are bicolor, “tabby”, “marble”, “chinchilla”, and tricolor. The coat can be monochrome and with different patterns, spots, lines. There are even representatives of this breed that have similar coloring with Siamese cats.
- Exotic shorthair lifespan. Exotic shorthair cats are famous for their good health, which they inherited from the American Shorthair cat.
Exotic Shorthair Personality
- Many describe the exotic shorthair temperament as very calm and good-natured. They are more like the Persian breed with its tenderness and affectionate character.
- They are not very talkative, and you are unlikely to hear a loud “meow” for the whole apartment without a reason. If your exotic pet will need something, it will just come up to you and rub against your leg saying that he needs something at the moment.
- Despite their impressive shape and clumsiness, these kittens are very playful and patient with small children (they rarely keep claws out and show their irritation). These cats don’t belong to daredevils that will jump on the eaves and spoil new furniture. They are smart enough, disciplined, and brought up.
- Trouble breathing is the only problem you may encounter in the care of this breed of cat (due to the structure of the nasal sinuses) and excessive tearfulness (as in Persian cats).
- If you would be a cat you would say Meow* (happy sound)
- If you would be a cat you would say HRR* (angry sound)