It is believed that the history of the American Shorthair cat breed begins on the ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to America. The ship’s cats would have been on board to kill any vermin on the ship but it is likely that some of these cats stayed in America after making the crossing. These cats had to be strong and tough to survive such a voyage and provided great breeding stock from which the American Shorthair developed.
In America these cats were originally called Domestic Shorthairs and were shown at cat exhibitions in the early 1900s. As more breeds of short hair cats reached America the Domestic Shorthair found itself in the hands of dedicated breeders who developed the breed to the specific type we know today. In 1966 it was renamed the ‘American Shorthair’ and began to gain recognition in the show ring.
The breed is now recognised by TICA (The International Cat Association) and must follow a strict breed standard. The breed is a very popular choice in America but we rarely see them in the United Kingdom.
American Shorthairs are kind hearted and easygoing cats. They have proved a popular choice for families, as they are known to get on well with children. They have a calm and even temperament but many remain playful into old age. They are clever cats who retain the hunting instincts of their seafaring ancestors. They will enjoy being around their family with many being lap cats and some just preferring company.
- Status: Common
- Place of Origin: USA
- Rough date of Origin: 1890s
- Hair length: Shorthair
- Activity Level: Medium
- Vocalness: Low
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Moderate
- Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
- Weight: 3.5 - 7.0kg
- Size: Large
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
- Pet Compatibility:
- Social Needs:
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