We were told that our cat is a Exotic Shorthair, according to the previous owners but my fiancee' thinks she looks like a American shorthair. What is the difference between the two? They look very similar to me, at least what I have seen. The old owner said she could prove what she is, but I am still curious. Any help would be great, Thanks!
BTW, It wouldn't matter to me regardless what she is, because she is 7 years old, spayed and declawed. (not my choice) My other cats are not declawed but I don't mind her not destroying my couch and arms and legs and anywhere else she happens to be when she starts purring and kneading. lol
Katz: This is an exotic http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/exotic.html or http://www.visionexotics.freeservers.com/photo.html See the round face the flatness (also called extreme) sometimes it is TOO extreme and the pet has serious nasal issues. The showers breeders like the extreme extreme. Others complain and say the animal looks grotesque and they like the traditional or doll face which is similar to your pet. Here is a traditional persian or dollface http://www.traditionalcats.com/BreedInfo/FAQTPersian/FAQTPersian.html The history of the Exotic is in the 60's a CFA judge bred a pure Persian to an American Shorthair. There was much brouhaha similar to what you see in here when someone mentions "mixing". It subsided when the product of this mix was viewed. Eventually this mix became a CFA (cat registry) (mainly because the original breeder was a CFA judge and she pushed and got this breed registered). Now the exotic shorthairs are selling like "hotcakes" to coin what someone else has said. Unfortunately, if you put a pure persian with an exotic some of the kittens may be born with long hair THESE ARE NOT RECOGNIZED by the CFA they are called Exotic Longhairs. The CFA website link I gave you gives the breed guidelines. The shorthair is recognized the longhair isn't. If you breed two exotic shorthairs the babies will be short. I want one so bad. My mom and I are going to a cat show next weekend to look around. They are gorgeous and have the attitude of a persian without the fussy hair issues (because the hair is short). Sorry for the long post but I am excited about th is breed and this is MY FAVORITE cat! The coats can come in the same colors as the traditional persian. I think the blues, whites, any of the solids which are harder to find I think especially a chocolate one or a black one, I also love the white ones with the odd eyes (one blue one gold eye). Some people like tabbies (like your kittie) and calicos and vans. Your new addition is pretty.
Thanks Mls, I have always wanted an exotic shorthair too, as well as a Silver shaded traditional persian, I love them. Mercedes is great, but not the friendliest cat yet, lol, She is still freaked out but she is adapting pretty well. Good Luck on finding your kitty, I know you have been looking for a while.