The American Shorthair

The American ShorthairThe American Shorthair was originally brought to America on the Mayflower. They were called working cats back then and they had the important job of protecting the food supplies on board the ship by killing mice and rats. Once they reached the new world their loving personalities and mice catching abilities made them very popular with settlers.

In the early 1900’s they began to be interbred with foreign breeds, such as the Siamese, that were recently imported into America. In an attempt to preserve the classic traits of the cat, breeders began to selectively mate the finest examples of the breed to ensure consistency of appearance, health, and personality. In 1966 the name of the breed was changed from Domestic Shorthair to American Shorthair so they would not be confused with their non pedigree cousins, which are now call Domestic Shorthairs. The main difference between the two breeds is that, while a Domestic Shorthair may resemble an American Shorthair, their lack of selective breeding does not ensure that they will have an easy going personality.

The American Shorthair is a medium to large cat weighing 8 to 15 pounds. They have lean muscular bodies, large heads, rounded ears, and lovely expressive faces that always seem to be smiling. Their short hair requires no special care and comes in a wide variety of colors with the most popular being silver tabby.

Is the American Shorthair right for you? The name American Shorthair alone tells you that this is not an exotic cat, so if you want a cat to impress your friends, this is probably not the cat for you. Although they are a pedigree cat, only a true cat fancier is likely to know the difference between them and a Domestic Shorthair. If you’re looking for a cat that is prized for their ability to get along with other cats, dogs, and children of any age, than the American Shorthair is definitely the cat for you. In fact, they’re perfect cats for just about everyone, from single people that are rarely home, to families who want a house cat that will be a friendly affectionate member of the family, to elderly people that are looking for a companion that’s calm and not overly demanding.

American Shorthair Image via Wikipedia

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