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Hong Kong's Top 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds - Exotic Shorthair

CAT BREED #4 – Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthairs, with their plush coats and sweet, rounded faces, are often regarded as the short-haired version of the Persian. They are known for their easy-going and affectionate temperament, making them a beloved pet for many. However, Exotics with very flat faces can have difficulty breathing, causing both health and quality of life issues.

Five Fun Facts

General Care

Exotic Shorthairs have a thick, dense coat that requires regular brushing, though not as frequently as their Persian counterparts. Regular grooming helps prevent matting and reduces shedding.

They enjoy a balance of play and relaxation. Providing a stimulating environment with toys and perches is beneficial for their well-being. 


Training and Socialisation

Training Exotic Shorthairs is quite straightforward due to their intelligent and eager-to-please nature. They respond well to gentle, consistent training using positive reinforcement.

Early socialization is important for developing confidence and comfort around various people and environments. 


Health Considerations

Like Persians, Exotic Shorthairs are prone to certain health issues such as respiratory difficulties and dental problems due to their brachycephalic (flat-faced) features. We should also avoid breeding Exotic Shorthairs with overly flat faces, as this can severely affect their breathing, causing health issues and quality of life issues. Cats with very flat faces may need a surgical correction to help open up their airways and help them breathe easier. Regular vet check-ups are crucial for maintaining their health. 


The Bottom Line

Exotic Shorthairs are perfect for those looking for a quiet, affectionate cat with lower grooming needs than a Persian. Their friendly nature makes them a popular choice in Hong Kong, especially for apartment dwellers. However, as a breed, it is important to promote the development of Exotic Shorthair lines with less ‘flat’ faces and easier breathing.

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