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There are many short-haired cat breeds available including Abyssinian cats and Bombay cats and many breeds with the hair length right in the breed name like the American and British Shorthair cats.

Some of the breeds listed here may have individuals with longer coats too. The Somali, Manx and Munchkins all have breeders specializing in longer coated versions of those breeds.

Short hair does not mean less shedding, however.

That trait varies from breed to breed, and can also depend on the health, environment, and even the stress-level of the individual cat.

Discover facts, photos and information about all the different cat breeds with short hair available today. 

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Short-haired Cat Breeds A to Z


Short-haired cats are the most popular hair type around. Closest to their ancestors in fur length, these breeds range from the classic British Shorthair with its Bulldog stance and brushy coat, to the super-sleek Oriental Shorthair with the body of a super-model and smooth, flat-lying fur.

Some cats with short fur are double-coated, meaning they have a shorter, plush undercoat of down that may shed allot. The American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Manx, Traditional Siamese, Exotic Shorthair and Russian Blue cats fall into this category.  

Others have a single coat of fur with shedding that may be barely detectable. Modern Siamese cats, Havanna Brown, Oriental Shorthair, Bombay and Burmese cats have single coats, and may require less grooming with less shedding.

These traits vary quite a bit among individual cats, however, and there are lots of variable that go into how much a cat sheds.

Even the color of a cat plays into the perception of how much they shed.

For many folks, a minimal amount of short white hairs may be a nightmare if they are embedded in the fabric of your favorite wool suit.

This can be far more annoying than a clump of long hair from a Persian, which can sometimes be easier to remove from clothing and furniture because it tends to stick together and not scatter like short, fine hairs do.

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