american shorthair

America's own Shorthair breed, derived from cats imported by early settlers and less cobby than the British Shorthair.'


This is one cool cat, read on and see.

It has been documented in the history of this country that the American Shorthair cat is a descendent of the cats that came to this country on the Mayflower with the pilgrims.

Undoubtedly, cats were one of the most valuable assets our settlers brought with them. These cats were necessary to help the farmers keep the rats and mice under control. Every farm had one good male stud cat and several females. The cats were so valuable, that even though they were considered “barn cats” they were allowed in the house with the family.

In the days of the gold rush, miners would rush to the boats when they docked and would pay high dollars just to get a cat.

The American Shorthair became one of the first breeds to be recognized by the CFA when it organized in 1906 even though they first recorded the breed in the early1900. Originally named the Domestic Shorthair it was changed to the American Shorthair in the 1960’s, leaving the term domestic shorthair to the cats that most of us have in our homes today.

What I love about the American Shorthair are their eyes. I feel they have the most beautiful expressive eyes in all of catdom.

Not to mention the silver tabby coats that some have.

The American Shorthair is a sturdy built cat, with coat that is thick and protective. These cats come in many colors, all of which are beautiful.

The American Shorthair is a loving family cat. It is not necessarily a lap cat, but it loves its people and wants to be where you are.

They are playful, they love their toys and do not seem to be curtain climbers.

They are even tempered, not demanding, but very loving in their own way. They seem to know when you are busy and will wait until you settle down before they ask for their pets and pats.

As usual this cat goes on my ever growing list of must haves, they truly are one cool cat.