American Shorthair Cats

A Family Favorite

The American shorthair cat has a reputation as “America’s breed.” The first cats of this type were brought over from Europe with early settlers. They were valued for their ability as great hunters and killing disease-carrying rats that threatened passengers.

In later years, this breed was put to work hunting rodents during the Gold Rush of 1849 and was a favorite of farmers.

The American shorthair in 1906 was recognized as one of the first five registered breeds by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. 

American Shorthair cat

The American shorthair cat has a reputation as “America’s breed.” The first cats of this type were brought over from Europe with early settlers. They were valued for their ability as great hunters and killing disease-carrying rats that threatened passengers.

In later years, this breed was put to work hunting rodents during the Gold Rush of 1849 and was a favorite of farmers.

The American shorthair in 1906 was recognized as one of the first five registered breeds by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. 

The American shorthair has gained respect over the years. First, it was admired for its hunting ability and now it is beloved as a family pet. It is a docile creature that is good with other pets and people alike. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet that displays a playful personality and a fierce loyalty, the shorthair is a perfect fit.

Another testament to its mellow nature is the shorthair’s ability to get along with other pets and its gentle nature around children. A shorthair is considered an ideal pet for a working family with children.  

American Shorthair cat

Rest assured, all shorthair cats are not the same. One of the breed’s distinctive characteristics is the fact that there are so many different colors and varieties. The American shorthair is recognized in more than 80 different colors and patterns. Its variations range from the brown-patched tabby to the blue-eyed white and the flashy calico.

The most well-known shorthair cat is the silver tabby, which has dense black markings set on a sterling silver background. You’ve likely seen this variety in TV commercials or movies.

  • The term “domestic shorthair” is used to describe cats of unknown origin. “American shorthair” is reserved for properly pedigreed cats.
  • Seventy-one shorthair cats were displayed at the very first U.S. cat show in 1895.
  • Shorthairs are known to purr very loudly when they’re content.
  • Shorthairs love high places, such as the top of shelves or cat trees. 
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