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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Shorthaired Group.

Weight:

8-15 pounds.

Height:

American Shorthairs have medium to large bodies.

Color(s):

American Shorthairs come in an array of different colors, patterns, and color combinations. Some common colorings include white, black, blue, cream, red, and tortoiseshell.

Coat:

American Shorthairs have short and thick coats of stiff fur.


Overview

Character:

American Shorthairs are clever and curious cats. Friendly, playful, and quiet, these cats make lovable friends and companions. Both unimposing and undemanding, American Shorthairs are all-around excellent pets.

Country of Origin:

USA.

History:

This breed developed from the cats transported to North America from Europe by the Puritans in the seventeenth century. Primarily rodent hunters, the early American Shorthairs were also valued as household companions. Previously known as the Domestic Shorthair, this breed was officially given the name American Shorthair in 1985.

Name:

Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair.

Temperament:

Typically very well behaved, American Shorthairs get along well with people and other pets. Easy-going and with a happy and gentle disposition, the American Shorthair makes a great companion for children and families.


Care

Training:

American Shorthairs are intelligent cats and can be trained to play fetch, to come when called, and to stay off of surfaces such as tabletops.

Activity:

As working cats, American Shorthairs like to hunt, play, and scratch. However, these cats can also be quite sedate and are very adaptable.

Ownership:

The American Shorthair breed is one of the most popular types of cat in North America today. These easy-going and affectionate animals are able to adapt to many different living situations and are excellent companions for households with children. Since this breed has a tendency to overeat, food intake should be carefully monitored in order to prevent obesity.


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