Native Country United States Of America Other Names Shorthair Life Expectancy Aproximately 15 years or longer. Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The American Shorthair, our native shorthair
breed, is one of the most adaptable breeds for any type of
household; for a single person living alone, the American is an
excellent companion; for a senior citizen the American is a calm,
devoted pet; for a family with children, the good natured, playful
American, known to be excellent with children, fits right in; for a
busy household, the non-demanding American keeps itself entertained,
ready for the time they have for relaxation. Apartment living suits
them as well as a house. One of the natural breeds, the American
Shorthair is a medium size cat, muscular with a firm, well-balanced
Breed Description Head: Broad and rounded; medium in size.
Moderately convex rise from the bridge of the nose to the forehead.
Definite jowls in mature males. Square, not overly short muzzle.
Medium length nose. Square, firm chin. Strong jaws. Eyes: Medium
to large, round and set well apart. Outer corners set slightly
higher than inner corners. Color appropriate to coat color.
Neck: Medium in length, muscular and strong. Body: Medium
to large in size. Slightly longer than tall, not elongated. Broad
chest, particularly in mature males. Well-developed shoulders.
Medium boned and powerfully built. Paw: Medium in length
and heavily muscled. Paws are medium in size and rounded.
Tail: Medium in length, heavy at the base and tapering to a
rounded tip. Carried nearly in line with the back. Coat: Short,
thick, and glossy, lying close to the body. Thick undercoat in
winter. All colors permissible except chocolate, lilac and
History This even-tempered European immigrant is an
excellent hunter The American Shorthair's counterpart is the British
Shorthair and the European Shorthair. Early immigrants arrived in
the United States with cats that adapted well to the harsh climate
of the northern states. This breed is the result of selectively
breeding common "alley cats" with other imported breeds, such as the
British Shorthair, Burmese, and Persian. In 1904, the C.F.A.
registered the first American Shorthair - Buster Brown, a male smoke
descended from a British Shorthair. This breed was called American
Shorthair until the 1960s, when the breed was officially recognized
as the American Shorthair in 1966. The F.I.Fe. does not recognize
the breed. The American Shorthair is rare in Europe. The breed is
highly prized in Japan and very popular in the United States.
Behavior This calm, easygoing cat adores its owner. The
American Shorthair is playful, athletic, and very social. This hardy,
solidly built cat reaches puberty early (around seven or eight
months of age). Care is simple. Weekly brushing is sufficient, but
should increase to daily during shedding season. An American
Shorthair should be bathed three to seven days prior to a show.
Health American Shorthair's are known as a very hearty breed "low maintenance".