The American Shorthair is a robust cat with full cheeks, broad
a muscular body and full, round paws. It is more long in the leg and a
little leaner than the British Shorthair, and though the face is
somewhat flat and round it is without the pronounced dish of the
British breed. The coat is short, dense and hard. This is a cat of
average activity level that enjoys a good mouse hunt indoors or out.
It is the classic American cat with a hearty build and
personality and a long history of domestication that can be traced back
to the Mayflower. Irreplaceable as the ideal form of rodent control,
the ancestors of todays American Shorthair were surely very similar in
type and temperament to todays cats and the breed has stood the true
test of time with a people pleasing personality, no-frills good looks
and business-like attitude.
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend and research
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Cool Cat Facts...
American Shorthair cats came across the ocean from Europe
the pilgrims. Good companions and excellent at controlling vermin, they
were selectively bred and became a purebreed in the early
Is An American Shorthair Cat Right For You?
The American Shorthair cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is one of
the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. The
breed can be traced back to the Mayflower where British type stock
first stepped foot on American soil, but the American and British
shorthairs are now two distinct breeds. The American Shorthair comes in
any color or pattern with classic "tabby" or "tiger cat" patterns being
most common. The coat is short and stiff with a plush
undercoat. Shedding may be high and regular grooming is desired. These
are sturdy medium-sized cats that have few breed-related health
issues. Because it is reletively active and enjoys moderate interaction
the American Shorthair cat
a nice family cat that does well with considerate children. They do
like their own space occasionally and greatly enjoy the outdoors.
American Shorthair Cat Breed Standards
head should be
large, round, broad and well-developed. The cheeks should be full
presenting a powerful look. There should be a slight concave or
"dished" quality to the face. The muzzle is squarish but never
compressed, with a strong, well-formed chin. The
ears should not be unduly large, but medium in proportion to the head,
broad at the base with rounded tip and good space between.
eyes should be large and round, widely spaced and bright and clear. In
general, the eye color may be any, but there are specific eye color
requirements for a few of the many coat colors which are important for
Eyes: This should be a medium to large size cat that is slightly
longer than it is tall with a powerful , broad body and deep,
Body and Tail:
pad of fat on the abdomen is common for this breed and completely
neck is short and stout. The legs are medium in length and well boned
with a meaty quality. The feet are medium to large in size and round
with five toes in front, four in back. The tail should be of medium
length, tapered, and is usually carried level with the top line.
coat is short and close-lying with moderate undercoat Coat: . A
detailed and somewhat complicated number of colors and pattern
varieties are accepted in the show ring, with corresponding
requirements of markings and eye color, but in general, all patterns
and colors are accepted, ticked or agouti type coats are not desirable.
should be a robust, broad-faced and attractive animal with a natural,
only slightly refined appearance, calm, sometimes reserved, but not
timid. A lovely, classic domestic cat. Overall Appearance:
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
what do YOU think
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