American Shorthair Cat Breed
These breed are energetic and resilient cat that is in great demand in the U.S. and Japan
Looking for a cat that will be a gentle companion, a playmate for your children, and a full-fledged member of the family? Look no further, choose the American Shorthair.
This breed is known for its longevity, robust health, good looks, quiet disposition and amiability with children and dogs.
The American Shorthair is America's own breed, whose ancestors came to North America with early settlers from Europe.
Records indicate the ships carried several cats to hunt rats. These working cats eventually established themselves as the native North American shorthaired cat.
Their beauty and loving nature came to be valued as much as their rat-catching skills. Early in the 20th century, foreign breeds imported to the United States (Longhairs and Siamese) interbred with native shorthaired cats, producing kittens with varied coat lengths, body styles, colour and temperament.
The American Shorthair is recognized in more than 80 different colours and patterns ranging from the striking brown-patched tabby to the glistening blue-eyed white, the beautiful shaded silvers, smokes and cameos to the flashy calico van, and many colours in between.
The most well-known American Shorthair colour today is the silver tabby, with dense black markings set on a sterling silver background.
Characteristics and Temperament
These beautiful cats are not only lovely to look at, but healthy, easy-going and affectionate.
American Shorthairs are low-maintenance cats. They can live fifteen to twenty years, requiring only annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, a quality diet and plenty of tender loving care.
Those who wished to preserve the North American shorthaired cat acquired the finest examples of the breed and began mating them selectively to preserve the breed