Are Exotic Shorthair Cats Ugly? Explaining Their Characteristics, Personality, and How to Raise Them


Are Exotic Shorthair cats ugly? We will explain their characteristics, personality, and how to raise them. This double-coated cat, which was born in the United States, is actually quite popular, but its face is very distinctive. It is said that its ugly face is what makes it so popular.

What kind of cat is the Exotic Shorthair?

We will explain the information about the Exotic Shorthair in detail.


The Exotic Shorthair is a cat breed that originated in the United States, and was created by crossing a Persian with an American Shorthair. It is a relatively new cat breed that was born in the 1960s. Its unusual face is inherited from the Persian. Initially, the coat color was mostly silver, so it was called “Sterling”, and it was recognized by the CFA in 1966.


The Exotic Shorthair has a short double coat and comes in white, black, red, blue, cream, tabby, bicolor, and calico. It is 24-27 cm tall and weighs 5-7 kg for males and 3-6 kg for females. It has a lifespan of 10-13 years. It has a sturdy, muscular build and is medium-sized. It has a flat nose and a lively face.


It is said to have a calm and gentle personality, and is easy to train. Nowadays, they have a high adaptability to the environment and get along well with other cats, small children, and dogs, so it is possible to keep multiple cats. They are also curious and interested in various things, so it is a good idea to give them toys. They don’t exercise much, so their life is stress-free. They are sweet and make cute cries, which are soothing. Overall, they are easygoing and charming, and you can often see posts about them on social media.

Difference between Exotic Shorthair and Exotic Longhair

There is a difference between Exotic Shorthair and Exotic Longhair. Exotic Longhair was born in the process of creating Exotic Shorthair. The only difference between Exotic Shorthair and Exotic Longhair is whether they have short or long hair. There is no difference between Exotic Shorthair and Exotic Longhair.

Are exotic cats ugly?

Are exotic cats ugly? Well, yes, they are. They have wide-set eyes, small noses, and round, squashed faces, so at first glance they don’t look very popular. However, many people say they’re cute even though they’re ugly. They’re similar to pugs and bulldogs, so they’re good for people who like them. For that reason, breeders seem to have their eye on them and are breeding ugly-cute cats.

How to raise an exotic shorthair

Here’s how to raise an exotic shorthair. Pay attention to the following points and the list below and raise them carefully. If you don’t have the knowledge, you’ll need to take them to a veterinary hospital if symptoms occur.

What’s the selling price?

Exotic shorthairs can be purchased for around 200,000 to 300,000 yen in Japanese yen. In general, cats are mainly purchased at pet shops, adopted by foster parents, or adopted from zoos and animal protection centers. If you’re going to adopt one, you should first take a look around. There are many cats that don’t get used to being around because of their age. If you are looking for a new cat, it is better to find a smart cat that you can show affection to.

Watch out for illnesses

Exotic Shorthairs can get sick. Be careful of epiphora (obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct). As the name suggests, epiphora means that tears are constantly flowing. It is important to wipe off eye gunk and keep the eyes clean frequently. As a result, you can tell if the cat is sick just by looking at its appearance. Therefore, when living with your beloved cat indoors, owners need to take measures for their beloved cat. Also, they tend to be less active, so support them with exercise to prevent obesity and keep them healthy.

Necessary equipment

The necessary equipment for raising them is the same as for ordinary cats. Carrying bags, pet food, air conditioning, litter box, cage, cat tower, toys, etc. are OK. Equipment for raising them is also introduced in the following article, so please refer to it.


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