Exotic longhair cats are created out of Persian and Himalayan hybrids. They are a long-haired version of the exotic shorthair cat. Exotic longhair cats look like Persians with a flat face and lots of fluffy hair.
This exotic breed was first bred only as a shorthair version. The goal was to breed a cat that had the characteristics of the Persian, but with a shorter, plush coat. When shorthair cats were bred to Persians, the exotic shorthair cat was the result – but exotic longhair cats continued to be born to new litters. Exotic longhair cats were the occasional result of that long-haired Persian gene making itself dominant. When breeding an exotic longhair cat to an exotic shorthair cat, bot longhairs and shorthairs can occur. But when breeding two exotic longhair cats, only longhairs will occur.
Originating in the 1950s, this medium-sized cat has a very luxurious coat and tiny rounded ears. It is a sturdy breed with males weighing as much as 20 pounds or more. Female exotic longhair cats are smaller than the males.
The build of exotic longhair cats is stocky with a round body and short legs. There isn’t much definition to this cat’s physique – in fact, when they lie down and tuck their feet underneath themselves, all you see is fur. The most distinctive feature of the exotic longhair cat is its head and face.
Grooming can be a bit of a challenge with exotic longhair cats. Because they have long hair they need to be groomed on a regular basis. Their coats require daily combing to prevent mats and hairballs. Since these cats love to groom themselves, hairballs can be a real problem with exotic longhair cats.
Their coats come in a variety of colors including white, black and brown. They also come in a variety of patterns including solid, bicolor, calico and tabby. Their eyes can be yellow, gold, green, blue or copper in color.
Exotic longhair cats have a flat face and a snub nose (known as a brachycephalic breed), so they often have health issues related to the structure of their face. They can suffer from sinus issues, tear duct problems and Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, which results in breathing difficulties.
Exotic longhair cats are great companions – sweet, gentle, affectionate and very loyal. They are very affectionate towards their owners. This is a good-natured cat with a great temperament. Exotic longhair cats live for love. They love playing with toys and cuddling up with their human companions. Exotic longhair cats are definitely lap cats. They are very much in tune with human emotions and are very devoted to their humans.
They are also good with children and other pets. Exotic longhair cats are great for singles, families, the elderly and multi-pet households. They also make good companions for those living in small spaces. But exotic longhair cats do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. So if you work long hours, this may not be the right cat for you.
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