Welcome to Stellarosa Exotics

Stellarosa Exotics is a Southern California Hobby Breeder specializing in Persian Exotic Shorthair, Pointed, Tabby and Bi-Color.

Come on in — explore our photo galleries and breed profiles and you will enjoy discovering that the best qualities of both Persian and Shorthair cats have emerged as the Exotic Shorthair. You will see very sweet, quiet, and affectionate cats that are actually easy to groom due to the short , plush coat. Their easygoing temperament is quite compatible with our French Bulldogs and with most any household pet with whom they grow up.

The Exotic Shorthair is a breed of cat developed to be a short-haired version of the Persian. The Exotic is similar to the Persian in many ways, including temperament and conformation, with the exception of the short dense coat.

In the late 1950s, the Persian was used as an outcross by some American Shorthair (ASH) breeders. This was done in secret in order to improve their body type, and crosses were also made with the Russian Blue and the Burmese. The crossbreed look gained recognition in the show ring, but unhappy American Shorthair breeders successfully produced a new breed standard that would disqualify ASH that showed signs of crossbreeding. One ASH breeder who saw the potential of the Persian/ASH cross proposed and eventually managed to get the Cat Fanciers’ Association judge and American Shorthair breeder Jane Martinke to recognize them as a new breed in 1966, under the name Exotic Shorthair. Since 1987, the CFA closed the Exotic to shorthair outcrosses, leaving Persians as the only allowable outcross breed.

Because of the regular use of Persians as outcrosses, some Exotics may carry a copy of the recessive longhair gene. When two such cats mate, there is a 1 in 4 chance of each offspring being longhaired. Ironically, longhaired Exotics are not considered Persians by CFA, although The International Cat Association accepts them as Persians. Other associations like the American Cat Fanciers Association register them as a separate Exotic Longhair breed.

You can read more about the Exotic Shorthair Cat here.