Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I don't understand why you call her an Exotic Longhair because there is no such thing. Does she have a jaw fault? She's cute!
I call her an exotic long hair because that is what her papers say. Both parents were exotic shorthairs but due to the recessive gene for long hair the litter had both long a shorthairs. If you do a google search for exotic longhair it does come up and they are being sold as such. I guess they are called this to separate the two because of maintenance purposes since the shorthair requires not as much as the longhair not really sure. I am not a cat expert by any means. She is pretty cute! Below is a little reading I found on the internet about the longhair.
"The Long Way Around"
The prominent use of Persians in exotic shorthair breeding programs ensures the continued creation of exotics that carry a recessive gene for long hair. When one of these exotics is bred to another exotic carrying that same recessive gene, one fourth of the resulting kittens, on average, will have long hair. When an exotic with a recessive gene for long hair is bred to a Persian, half the kittens, on average, will have long hair.
In the beginning these longhaired cats were unshowable for two reasons. The first was proscriptive: They weren't technically Persians and, hence, could not be registered legally. The other reason these cats could not be shown was practical: They didn't look much like show-quality Persians.
In time, however, more of the longhaired cats that were the byproducts of exotic shorthair breeding schemes became good enough to pass for Persians, and pass they did, thanks once again to the aforementioned art of paperhanging. Thus it was time to create another Amnesty International breed, the exotic longhair - either that or allow longhaired cats resulting from exotic shorthair breeding programs to be shown as Persians.
Beginning with The International Cat Association (TICA), which allowed exotic longhairs to compete in Persian classes as of May 1, 1987, most of the cat registries in North America - with the notable exception of CFA - have found a place for these cats in the show ring. Some associations followed TICA's lead and permitted exotic longhairs to compete as Persians because they look like Persians and if bred to Persians will produce nothing but longhaired kittens. Other associations created a separate breed for exotic longhairs (or longhair exotics, as one association calls them), but do not allow these cats to be used in Persian breeding programs. For our money any cat that looks like a Persian, reproduces like a Persian, and can win against Persians, ought to be registered as a Persian. Besides, in light of the way that polycystic kidney disease is decimating Persian catteries, the breed needs all the new blood it can get.