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The American Shorthair is a robust cat with full cheeks, broad ears, 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.
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American Shorthair cats came across the ocean from Europe with the pilgrims. Good companions and excellent at controlling vermin, they were selectively bred and became a purebreed in the early 1900's
The personality of the American Shorthair cat is slightly sedate, usually quite pleasant, and very cat-like. This is the perfect pet for a busy house that might not always have the time to fuss. Hardy, long-lived and lovable, these cats will happily accept a lap at the end of the day, a chin scratching in the morning and peaceful co-existence thereafter. A great choice for hard working singles, these cats are often very content to have some alone time, and very warm, loving and understanding at the end of a hard day. This breed loves the outdoors so train them young to walk on a harness. Nice! 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 relatively mellow and enjoys moderate interaction the American Shorthair cat is a nice family cat that does well with considerate children. They do like their own space occasionally and greatly enjoy the outdoors.
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.
Ears: 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: The 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 show specimens.
Body and Tail: This should be a medium to large size cat that is slightly longer than it is tall with a powerful , broad body and deep, well-formed chest. A pad of fat on the abdomen is common for this breed and completely acceptable. The 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:The coat is short and close-lying with moderate undercoat. 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.
Overall Appearance: This 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.