FAQ ABOUT TEDDYBEAR PERSIANS & EXOTICS

Frequently asked questions for your information:


What is the difference between an Exotic and a Persian?

Exotics are identical to Persians in every respect, except for coat length. Their luxurious coat is shorter than the Persians, it is medium in length and does not resemble the coat of any other shorthaired cat. There is no ruff around the neck and no feathery hair on the tail. The fur is a little shorter on the face and on the legs, but otherwise it is even all over. Its texture should not be silky or wiry. It should be medium soft. Most importantly, the coat has to be very dense, like the winter coat of a bear or a mountain goat. This coat does not exist in any other breed. It is strictly the result of combining Persians and shorthairs.


Do They come in many colours?

Colours are divided into groups and include:

Solid - White, black, blue, red, cream, lilac.
Shaded and smoke - Black, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell.
Silver and gold (known as Chinchillas).
Tabby - Classic or mackerel pattern which can come in brown, blue, cream, lilac, cameo, blue silver, silver, brown patched, silver patched.
Himalayan (known as Himalayan) - Seal, Blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, tortie, seal lynx (tabby), blue lynx (tabby), chocolate lynx (tabby), lilac lynx (tabby),
Bi-colour - Calicos, bi-colours, tabby and white, smoke and white patterns.
Parti-colour - Tortoiseshell pattern in blue-cream, chocolate, lilac-cream.

This list is by no means complete, and permitted colours may vary from council to council.

A basic colour chart can be found showing what kittens you may expect by crossing one colour with another.  Click paw print to view.





What colour eyes can they have?

Eye colours range widely, and may include blue, copper, odd-eyed blue and copper, green, blue-green, and hazel.

What are their personailties like?

The Persian and the Exotic are both ideal breeds that produce a quiet, sweet, peaceful and loyal companion. They are easy going and not much seems to disturb them. In general, they are extremely affectionate. They quietly beg for your attention by just sitting in front of you with an irresistible look focused on your eyes.  They may or may not sleep with you as some prefer cooler places like the bricks on the hearth or the tiled floor.  They give you privacy and are not constantly demanding attention.  They are playful and fun loving will jump until exhausted trying to catch a toy on a stick, or they will sit and carefully study how to get the toy down from the top of the bookcase where it was placed when you stopped playing with them.

How big do they get?

They are a medium sized cat weighing between 3 and 6 kilos and 25-31 cm in height.

Do the females or the males make better pets?

When people call for a pet kitten, they almost always 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 Persian and Exotics are, in general, more affectionate than females. Females can be somewhat more aloof.

Do they like to sit on your lap?

Yes, they will jump in your lap to curl up for a nap or push their wet nose right into your face. Some like to sit on your shoulder and hug you when you pet them. 

How active are they?

They are playful and enjoy a good game of catching the catnip mouse between bouts of catching a few ZZZs. Because of the American Shorthair influence, Exotics are reported to be livelier than Persians, although some breeders say that the two breeds are the same in temperament.

Do they meow a lot?

No they are very quiet and not noisy at all. They do love to purr though :)

Do they like playing with toys?

Although fairly mellow and laid back, they do indeed enjoy a good game playing with toys or chasing sticks with their favourite human.

Are they safe to stay outside?

No. It’s a good idea to keep both the Exotic and Persian as indoor-only cat's as they are not scrapper's and would fare poorly against other cats and dogs as well as other dangers that face cats who go outdoors. 
The Persian’s coat is not made for shedding dirt, leaves and sticks.  Cats who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such a beautiful cat without paying for it. They greatly run the risk of being run over as well and keeping them inside also limits their exposure to diseases like feline leukemia, fleas and intestinal parasites.

Brushing/Grooming:

Cats spend much of their time grooming themselves by licking their fur with their rough tongues. This dislodges any loose hairs from the cat’s coat, but it also causes hairballs to form in their stomachs. Regular brushing of your cat’s coat will get rid of any dead hair and lessen the amount of hairballs that form.


• Persians will need to be groomed everyday to keep them looking beautiful.
• Exotics and other medium haired cats will need to be groomed about
  once a week.


Brushing sessions can provide a perfect bonding opportunity for you and your companion cat.  Many cats will be happy to sit on your lap or next to you whilst you groom them. Otherwise, you can use a table with a non-slip surface.


Short-haired Cats - Exotics
When brushing cats with short hair, you can simply use a fine-toothed steel comb to remove the dead hair.  You can also use a rubber glove or soft cloth to lightly stroke over the coat to
bring out the shine.


Long-haired Cats - Persians
You will need a steel comb to start off with when grooming a long-haired cat. You will need a comb that has fine teeth on one end and wider teeth on the other.
Check first to see if the cat has any tangles in its fur. Start with running the wide tooth comb gently through the coat from head to tail, then along the stomach and front and back legs. After this, repeat the whole process using the fine-toothed comb. A small fine comb is good for brushing areas such as the face and ears, but these are very sensitive and will require gentle handling. It helps if the cat knows and trusts you and grooming is a regular routine.
The most important thing when grooming long-haired cats is to avoid mats forming in the coat. Avoid this by making sure that when you brush the hair you brush through the entire
length of the coat, not just the top layer. 

If you do notice some matting in the fur, gently separate the matted hair using your fingers first. Then gently comb the knot out. If the matting is too clumped together you may need to cut the knots out or even seek professional help from a vet or groomer if the coat is very bad. Failure to regularly brush a long-haired cat can result in severe matting which is painful for the cat as it pulls on the skin. Severe matting may even require the cat to be anesthetized in order to shave the matt.  


Click on paw print below to download a copy of how to care for your Persian/Exotic. 




What are they like with children and other pets?

Persians and Exotics are both quiet cats, easy going and generally get along with other pets and family members although boisterous children or rough playing loud dogs should be avoided.  

Why buy from a Registered breeder?

Why are Registered Breeders kittens more expensive compared to a non Registered back-yard breeder?