The Exotic Shorthair has a medium, rounded compact body, a rounded head and ears, and large round eyes. They come in “Extreme” and traditional looks. Extreme Exotics have a flatter face. Traditional Exotics have more of a regular face so will breathe more easily. The Exotic has a thick neck and broad chest. They could be little football players. They come in all colors and have eye colors that are related to their coat color. They are similar to Persians, but with a shorter, thicker coat, and though they are indicated Shorthair, the coat is a bit longer than a typical shorthaired cat. They are vocally quiet, often chirping their conversation. They are sweet and affectionate, wanting to be with their humans in all activities, liking pets and hugs and taking a nap in your lap. They are curious and playful, but gentle and relatively laid back for a cat. Because of their thick coat they like cooler areas, so may not be a nighttime snuggler in your bed.
Though their coat is shorter than a Persian, they do shed a lot and need regular brushing. If they have a more flat face, their face will need daily wiping in folds around the eyes and nose to keep them clean. Regular faces will need wiping for tearing. Monthly baths can keep their thick coats clean and shiny.
The Exotic Shorthair can have breathing difficulties, eye conditions such as tearing, and some skin conditions. With their thick coat, they can have a sensitivity to heat. They should have their teeth brushed often, if not daily.
As long as they have lots of attention, they are happy with singles, couples, or families in houses or apartments. They can get along well with other pets and respectful kids. They would not be good outside as they are more the cushy indoor type.