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Understanding Colors of Exotic Shorthair Kittens

Understanding colors of Exotic Shorthair kittens and Persian Kittens (Or Exotic Longhair kittens) can be confusing. We have added photos and will be adding more to help clear the fog. 

What is a Calico or Dilute Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten?

A calico is a tri-colored cat with white, black, and orange patches. They typically have white faces, chests, and legs. Calicos usually have black or orange foreheads, ears, and backs. Their legs may be either white or colored. Their spots may be more one color than the other, but they must have some combination of the two. A dilute calico has the same coloring as calico cats, but “diluted,” meaning dilute calicos are calico cats with less intense color hues. The calico Exotic Shorthair kittens and calico Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in the following variations: calico, calico van, dilute calico and dilute calico van! A van calico simply means that whites the most dominant of its 3 colors. See our calico gallery for more examples of both calicos and dilute calicos or see images below.

Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Dilute Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Dilute Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten has the three colors but they are lighter or diluted

What is a Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Kitten?

Tortoiseshell kittens are named for their bicolored coats that look like the shell of a tortoise. Affectionately referred to as “torties,” The tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair kittens and tortoiseshell Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in the following variations: tortoiseshell and chocolate tortoiseshell and light chocolate tortoiseshell. See our tortoiseshell kitten gallery for more examples.

Chocolate Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Kitten For Sale
Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Kitten

What Is A Lilac Exotic Shorthair or Exotic Shorthair Kitten?

A lilac Exotic Shorthair or a lilac Exotic Longhair kitten visually looks gray. Blue (dark gray) or Silver (light gray) is another way they may be referred to. According to CFA* standards they are called lilac. The lilac Exotic Shorthair kittens and lilac Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in the following variations: lilac, lilac van. Van means there are two colors or it is a bicolor but white is more dominant. See our lilac gallery for more examples or see photos below.

Lilac Bicolor Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Lilac Exotic Shorthair Kitten

Chocolate Exotic Shorthair & Exotic Longhair Kitten Color Variations

A chocolate is visually a rich brown and can vary from light to dark. The chocolate Exotic Shorthair kittens and chocolate Exotic Shorthair kittens we breed can come in the beautiful variations such as chocolate and chocolate bicolor, chocolate smoke, and chocolate bicolor van. Chocolate smoke is when the kitten’s undercoat is white, deeply tipped with chocolate. The kitten appears appears chocolate in a still photo. In motion the white undercoat is clearly apparent. Face, legs and tail, chocolate with narrow bands of white at base of hairs next to the skin which may only be seen when hair is parted. Van means there are two colors or it is a bicolor but white is more dominant. See our gallery of chocolate kittens for more examples or view photo below.

Solid Chocolate Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Solid Chocolate Exotic Shorthair Kitten

What is a Red Exotic Shorthair or Red Exotic Longhair?

A red Exotic Shorthair or red Exotic Longhair actually visually looks orange. However according to CFA color standards, it is a red and so this how breeders refer to them. The red Exotic Shorthair kittens and red Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in beautiful variations such as red, red bicolor, red bicolor van and red tabby. Van means there are two colors or it is a bicolor but white is more dominant. A tabby has darkened stripes on its face. See more examples in our gallery of reds or see photo below.

Red Tabby Exotic Shorthair Kitten For Sale
Male Red Tabby Exotic Shorthair Kitten

What is a Cream Exotic Shorthair or Cream Exotic Longhair Kitten?

A cream Exotic Shorthair or cream Exotic Shorthair actually visually look like a light shade of orange or peach. However according to CFA color standards, it is a cream and so this how breeders refer to them. The cream Exotic Shorthair kittens and cream Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in beautiful variations such as cream, cream bicolor and cream bicolor van. Van means there are two colors or it is a bicolor but white is more dominant. A tabby has darkened stripes on its face. See examples in our cream gallery or see photo below.

Cream Bicolor Exotic Longhair Kitten
Cream Bicolor Exotic Longhair Kitten

What is a Colorpoint Exotic Shorthair or Exotic Longhair Kitten?

A colorpoint is a kitten that has a light-colored coat with darker-colored ears, face, feet, and tailThe colorpoint Exotic Shorthair kittens and colorpoint Exotic Longhair kittens we breed can come in the many beautiful variations such as blue point, lilac point, seal point, chocolate point, cream point, flame point and tortie point. Can also be referred to as seal point bicolor or blue point bicolor. See more examples in our colorpoint gallery or see photo below.

Chocolate Tortie Point Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Chocolate Colorpoint Exotic Shorthair Kittens

Mon Chéri Cattery Exotic Shorthair Kitten Breeders

Mon Chéri Cattery is an Arkansas breeder of Exotic Shorthair kittens and Exotic Longhair kittens or some may call Persian kittens both pet and show-quality and a CFA Cattery of Excellence. Our Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale and Exotic Longhair kittens for sale are of outstanding pedigrees, including champions, which trace to Kings and Queens from Russia, Germany, European imports, and carefully chosen domestic bloodlines. For over 20 years we have breed Exotic Shorthair kittens that are healthy, beautiful, well-socialized and smart. Our Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale are available in the most desired shades of chocolate, calico, lilac, red, cream, bicolor, solid, tabby, colorpoint, black smoke, and the rare tortoiseshell. 

*CFA or The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats and known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registering association in North America. See our Mon Chéri Cattery profile on CFA.

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