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Understanding Colors of Exotic Shorthairs & Persians

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 Persian 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 exotic shorthair kitten gallery and calico Persian kitten gallery for examples of both calicos and dilute calicos.

Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Female Calico Exotic Shorthair Kitten

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 Persian kittens we breed can come in the following variations: tortoiseshell and chocolate tortoiseshell and light chocolate tortoiseshell. See our  tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair kitten gallery and tortoiseshell Persian gallery for more photos.

Chocolate Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Kitten For Sale
Tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Kitten

What Is A Lilac Exotic Shorthair or Persian Kitten?

A lilac Exotic Shorthair or a lilac Persian visually looks gray. But according to CFA* standards they are called lilac. The lilac Exotic Shorthair kittens and lilac Persian 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 exotic shorthair kitten gallery and lilac Persian kitten gallery.

Lilac Bicolor Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Lilac Exotic Shorthair Kitten

Chocolate Exotic Shorthair & Persian Color Variations

A chocolate is visually a rich brown and can vary from light to dark. The chocolate Exotic Shorthair kittens and chocolate Persian kittens we breed can come in the beautiful variations such as chocolate and chocolate bicolor, chocolate bicolor van. Van means there are two colors or it is a bicolor but white is more dominant. See our chocolate Exotic Shorthair kitten gallery and chocolate Persian kitten gallery.

Solid Chocolate Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Solid Chocolate Exotic Shorthair Kitten

What is a Red Exotic Shorthair or Red Persian?

A red Exotic Shorthair or red Persian 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 Persian 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 our red Exotic Shorthair kitten gallery and red Persian kitten gallery.

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

What is a Cream Exotic Shorthair or  Cream Persian?

A cream Exotic Shorthair or cream Persian 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 Persian 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 our cream Exotic Shorthair kitten gallery and cream Persian kitten gallery for examples.

Cream Bicolor Persian Kitten For Sale
Cream Bicolor Persian Kitten

What Is A Colorpoint Exotic Shorthair or Persian 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 Persian 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 Himalayan or blue point bicolor. See our colorpoint Exotic Shorthair kitten gallery and colorpoint Persian kitten gallery.

Chocolate Tortie Point Exotic Shorthair Kitten
Chocolate Color Points Exotic Shorthair Kittens
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About Mon Chéri Cattery

Mon Chéri is a CFA registered breeder* of pet & show-quality Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale & Persian kittens for sale (or Exotic Longhair kittens) that are outstandingly beautiful, friendly and come with a health guarantee!  Our kittens 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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