A medium-sized feline, the Exotic shares many similarities to the Persian. However, its coat is shorter-haired and denser, making it easier to care for. But with the density of its coat, the Exotic must be combed regularly, about twice weekly.
It weighs about 8-15 pounds and stands low to the ground at a height of about 25-30 centimetres. It is big boned with a broad skull, rounded forehead, short yet broad muzzle, and powerful jaws. It also has a short, thick neck, massive shoulders, and a sturdy body with powerful muscles, thus making the Exotic a ‘cobby’ cat type. Its ears are small with a rounded tip.
The colour of its large and round eyes is associated to its fur colour. Most Exotic eye colours range from gold to copper. White and colourpoint varieties have deep blue or copper eyes; sometimes one eye could be blue and the other copper. Golden and silver Exotics tend to have green or blue-green eyes. As Exotics sometimes tear excessively, its eyes need to be wiped every now and then.