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    Exotic Shorthair and Longhair

    Written by Sandra Churchill-Reis
    Hedwig Cattery - Sandra

    Conformation: The Exotic Longhair/or Shorthair has a broad, massive, large head with a round underlying bone structure and a very large skull.  (On a grown adult/ or a young kitten, it feels as if your holding a stone/or very large rock.) The cheeks are very full and round, the jaws broad;  chin firm and well-developed. They have large, round, full wide-set eyes and a short, snub, broad nose. (Almost as broad as it is long.) A very deep nose break.

    In fact, the cat's forehead, nose and chin should be in a straight line, when viewed from the side, you would see a shape like a large "B".

    The ears are small, round-tipped and are not unduly open at the base. They are set far apart and tilted forward. The ears should ride low on the head without distorting the round contour.  (It would appear almost like a large "Pom-Pom".)

    The massive head is connected by a short, thick, "linebacker's" neck to a medium-to-large  body, that has resounding depth across shoulders and chest, a level back, a hind end like a quarter horse and a tail, which could be judged "about as long as the distance between the  neck and the tail root. The tail should be "carried without a curve at an  angle, lower than the back.

    The SHORTHAIR COAT, is short by some standards, medium by others. But it is dense,  plush, soft in texture and full of life. (It feels like a long velour blanket, to the touch or a soft "Teddy Bear" on your cheek.)

    Many judges will refer to the Shorthair as "Persian's/Himalayan's in pajama's".


    The Exotics comes in the same rainbow of colors as the Persian or Himalayan pointed.


    The health in the Exotic's is very good in general. They are INDOOR animals ONLY! This helps to prevent many problems that WOULD affect their health not to mention  the fear  factor. Exotic Shorthair and Longhair, should be thought to be like having a little baby/child, they learn very quickly but  will play with your electric cords; jump into a bucket of water,  play/chew on plants, buttons, needles, thread and any other objects that move. And yes ladies "Diamonds (and any other jewelry) are an Exotic's best Friend". Smoker beware, your  Exotic loves you and bit holes in a whole package of cigarettes, one at a time and then tossed the lighter under a low-set stand so that you cannot find it. Make-up, you'll find  yourself searching for that tube of lipstick or you'll try to find that pen, your sure you left on the desk. (However, when your aging your NEVER quite sure.) Bottomline, the new owner  has to be prepared for a "NEW BABY" and MUST "Baby-Proof" their home, as you would for a "Human child".

    As a breeder of Exotic's and Persians, it is like having a house full of loving, giving children, who make you very proud with their learning abilities yet frustrate you into a fit of laughter, all at the same time.


    As we have both the Longhair and the Shorthair in one breed, we must separate the two, to give a clear understanding of the maintenance.


    They have a near maintenance-free coat, which is especially  dear to those who breed them. Another name used for the Shorthair is: "Lazy-Man's Persian", unlike the Longhair you may  only have to comb, once weekly. The eyes on both Longhair and Shorthair,  are big and round, (not bulged out) causing them to pick up dust, lint, smoke etc. floating in the air, so if  you see them tear, look at the eye and you will most likely find a hair. All you  do is wash the eye with ",Eye-Wash", which you would use yourself.. one drop will do. Otherwise, the  eyes remain very clear and bright (and stain free) in a healthy kitten/cat. The nose is very short and snub, which has caused problems for some lines with breathing. Therefore, the  buyer should seek out lines that have large open nostrils, to prevent future problems as the animal grows. (if the animals nostrils were too small, it would be considered a fault in the showing.)


    They are Persians or Himalayans, requiring daily in the worst case every other day combing. Now this any sound a lot of work, but 5 minutes will do. If your combing daily, the cars coat  will remain  tangle-free, therefore the maintenance time is approximately 5 minutes of your day. And for the cat it means "Play-Period" or "Love Period" time with the "human they own".

    The Exotic, Persian and Himalayan's are breeds that become accustom to bathing at just a few weeks old. Therefore, they will sit and allow you to bath and blow-dry them. (you would  Never wash the cat without blow-drying their long hair. Otherwise, not only could they catch  their death of a cold, but you would never get the tangles out and what a sight they would  be.) Longhair or Shorthair should be bathed every six weeks, to maintain the beauty of the coat. However, if you wanted to stretch the timeframe, the Shorthair is the way to go. The  coat just would not be as shiny and "Velour-Like".


    About 30 years ago (1967 , a CFA judge "Jane Martinke" suggested that the CFA create a  new breed called Shorthair to accommodate the hybrids which were being created. Using the Persian with  the Domestic Shorthair (IE: Burmese, British Shorthair, Russian  Blue and  American Shorthair). The problem that was created was the lack of the CFA to recognize the beauty of:

    LONGHAIR COAT, which is very dense and fluffy. (Like the Persian coat but in some cases,  slightly more dense.) The CCA recognized the Exotic Longhair, for championship as "EXOTIC LONGHAIR", while others call them "PERSIANS". (The CFA, still has not recognized them, for championships.)

    The issue does not affect the Pet Owner, but has affected the breeders. The problem from my view, is that we have a "Persian" looking cat, that can produce a shorthair kitten.  However, a Persian does not have a shorthair genetic pool. Therefore, you would be hard pressed  to explain how a shorthair kitten was born, if the cat was a "PERSIAN".

    So our hats off to "The Canadian Cat Association", for recognizing the breed for what it is: "Exotic Longhair"!

    The Exotic breeders had their work cut out for them in the 60's. Now the legal breedings are strictly done by breeding an Exotic to Persian. This assures a dense, short and lush coat.  However, we now have the Exotic Longhair, which "Purest" breeders, are now using instead of the Persian. The kittens your viewing today, are  1st generation, pure Exotics (Black  Smoke ELH and Black ESH, while  the Black/White ELH kitten is Exotic SH to a Persian). The only visual difference, is that the PURE Exotic line appears to have a longer coat.


    Exotics are docile as the Persians, but a little more active. I feel the American Shorthair in their pedigree has added something  to their temperament and health. I find that while the  Persian can be more sensitive, the Exotic in the same situation will not show any wear.

    When I say they are more active, what I mean is they remain identical to the Persian  behavior with the exception, that the Persian would sit up to  "catch a feather or toy", while the Exotic will leap in the air to win a prize. Most people will ask if they have any rabbit in  their pedigree, as they are known for sitting upright like a "rabbit in the field". However, when bedtime comes, they race to the bed to cuddle on your head, chest, back and any other  crevice, they can locate very near the human THEY OWN.

    Their personalities are wonderful and could not be any sweeter or loyal, without messing up  a perfect recipe. (Diabetics beware, sugar, sugar and more sugar). My hat off to the breeders of the 60's, and the CFA judge "Jane Martinke", who had a vision.

    The Exotic breed, loves and trusts man and dogs, who respect them. Once you've owned an Exotic Longhair or Shorthair, you will never be the same. People who "Only love dogs", have  found themselves so madly in love, that the dog feel abandon. I personally have had two of these types of people purchase an Exotic and they said, they would never thought they  would love a cat that much. "But they are like "Human Child" and they could not envision their life without them! With all these qualities, everyone can  appreciate this breed.


    As a rule, availability of the Shorthair is via Pre-Order. This means contacting a breeder and requesting the color, sex you prefer. The breeder will let you know when the litter is due and  what color could be in the litter. However ... it may not be Shorthair, so you find yourself on a waiting list for the Shorthair.

    As for the Longhair, availability chances are higher as you could purchase a Persian or Himalayan. Side by side, you can not see a difference. Only a breeder, working a program,  would care whether it is a "Exotic Longhair", "Persian" or "Himalayan".

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