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The Exotic cat breed has the body and head type of the Persian, but has a short, plush coat.

The breed was developed during the 1950s and 1960s by crossing Persians and various shorthaired breeds, although early in their development, CFA restricted outcrosses to the American Shorthair for Exotic Shorthair kittens when it was accepted for championship status in 1967.

The breed is called the Exotic Shorthair in most associations. It is called the Exotic here because some longhaired offspring of Exotics are called the Exotic Longhair, and at least a few organizations recognize the Exotic Longhair as a separate breed. Exotic kittens are found in the same wide variety of colors and patterns as the Persian, including the Himalayan colorpoint pattern.

Like the Persian, the Exotic personality is a docile, gentle cat with a soft voice. They are sweet-tempered pets who enjoy sitting on laps and savoring the refined comforts of home. Exotics are available in the same rainbow of colors and patterns as the Persian breed.

The Exotic is sometimes called the "lazy man's Persian", as it has the same body and head type, but without the daily grooming requirements.

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Associations: The Exotic is accepted in all major cat registries in the Exotic Shorthair variety. AACE, ACA, ACFA, UFO, and CFF also recognize the Exotic Longhair.

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