American Shorthair

Personality:

  • Intelligent and grounded.
  • Easygoing, sweet, and loving.
  • Considered to be a true breed of working cat.
  • Healthy and hardy.

History:

Descendants of the Colonial farm cat who were prized for their ability to control rodent populations.  Selective breeding began in the early 1900’s when foreign breeds threatened to alter their natural barn cat beauty, hardiness, and mild temperament.  Known as the Domestic Shorthair until 1966, when the name was changed to American Shorthair.  Accepted for championship status in all breed organizations since the 1960’s.

Body Type:

  • A cat that is medium to large in size, well-balanced, strongly built, and symmetrical.  No part of the body should be exaggerated.
  • Head is broad and rounded with a full-cheeked face and medium-sized, round-tipped ears.
  • Eyes are medium large, wide set, and complement coat color.

Coat:

  • Coat is short, thick, even, and hard in texture.
  • All colors and patterns accepted.
  • Brown and silver tabbies are the most common.

Health and Wellness:

  • Amyloidosis.

What you should know:

  • One of the top ten most popular breeds in the United States and the number one breed in Japan.
  • Although American Shorthairs are built to have the strength and ability to forge on their own, please keep yours indoors where it will be safe from disease and other dangers.