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The Persian  

Breed Standard  

The Persian breed is one of the most widely recognised in the cat fancy. Available in a wide range of colours the Persian is a medium to large cat with a compact, cobby body and short, heavily boned legs and large feet. The head is big and round with a flat face and large round eyes. The nose is short with wide, open nostrils and large nose leather. The ears are small and rounded, set well apart on the head and the tail is short, plush and in proportion with the body. The Persian coat is long and silky over the entire body with a plush undercoat that makes it stand out instead of lying flat. The coat forms a large ruff around the neck and long tufts in the ears and between the toes.

The lovely Persians featured on this page are bred by Robyn Gibb of  Perchez Cattery.


Perchez Simply Tapestry


The Persian temperament is gentle and placid with a playfulness that lasts throughout their lives. Their easy going personality makes them ideal as an indoor cat, suitable for house or apartment. It must be remembered that the Persian coat requires daily grooming to prevent knots and tangles and to keep it in a soft manageable condition.

Please groom me daily
Bad hair day



       Perchez Simply Paisley                                                        Perchez Simply A Gigglepot



The Exotic

What is an Exotic? 


While the Persian has a very long history and has been around for hundreds of years, the Exotic is a new breed recognised since the late 1960's. The Exotic breed was achieved by crossing the Persian with the American or British Shorthair to obtain the shorter coat while keeping the Persian type and temperament.

The Exotic

For busy people who like the look and lovely personality of the Persian but donít have time for the daily grooming demands, the Exotics are the best kept secret of the cat fancy. They are bred to meet the Persian standard in every way but there is one very special exception: the short coat which is thick, dense, plush, and stands out from the body. The Exotic coat is unique to the breed and gives them a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. It requires much less grooming than a Persianís ( a thorough brushing once a week) and will not mat or tangle. Because of the ease of grooming, the Exotics are sometimes affectionately referred to as the lazy manís Persian. They come in the same beautiful range of colours as the Persian.

Sometimes called the teddy bear cat


The beautiful Exotics featured in the following photos are owned and/or bred by Les & Karen Pitkin of Kalem Cattery, Brisbane, QLD. These are just some of the colours available in this lovely breed:



                                                       Seal Point Exotic                                                          These kittens are different colours even though 
                                                                                                                                                           they are all from the same litter.
                                                                                                                                                Photo taken by Sharon Meyers of Vink Publishing


                                                              Kalem Oliver Twist                                                                   Kalem Nova
                                                              Blue Classic Tabby  Exotic                                                       Black Smoke Exotic 
                                                              Photo taken by Sharon Meyers of Vink Publishing



                                                                Kalem Jasmin                                                                    Gilroy Autumn 
                                                                Brown Spotted Tabby Exotic                                          Blue Tortie and White Exotic
                                                                                                                                                              Photo taken by Sharon Meyers of Vink Publishing


What's it like living with an Exotic?

The Exotic, like the Persian, has a quiet voice, endearing nature and makes a sweet, easy going and loyal companion. In general, they are extremely affectionate. They will jump in your lap to curl up for a nap or push their wet nose right into your face. Exotics love the good life: a cuddle, a chin rub, a nice meal then relaxing on the couch or in their favourite spot near the window, preferably close to where you are. If you are not home, they will curl up and sleep until you return.

An Exotic is very comfortable to have in your home. They are not constantly demanding attention, but love human company and will quietly follow you from room to room just to be near you. You may even find they will follow you to the bathroom or wait patiently on the bathmat while you have a shower. They are playful and fun loving like other breeds and tend to be a little livelier and more inquisitive than the Persian.  


Exotics like to be near you wherever you are

Exotics are big sticky beaks. If there is something going on in "their" house they want to know about it. If you bring something new into the house they like to investigate it before they will approve. They will sniff it, bite it and sit on it (or in it) in an attempt to work out what it is. Visitor's handbags are a special target, they just have to know what's in there! They like to "help" with housework too and love to chase the broom when you are sweeping.

Exotics are big sticky beaks

When people call for a pet kitten, they more often ask for a female, thinking that a girl will be sweeter and more loving. Many also believe that males will be more aggressive and prone to spray. However, neither assumption is correct. Male Exotics are, in general, more affectionate than females but both make wonderful pets. Exotics mature later than most other breeds, and if neutered or spayed at an early age, problems related to spraying and other adult urges need never be a concern.

The easy going nature of the Exotic allows it to fit into your home at any age. The Exotic stays playful as an adult and brings pleasure for many years. A wonderful addition to any family and making the perfect pet, the Exotic is really the ďbest of two worlds.Ē






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