The American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is currently the most popular and plentiful breed of cat in the United States. It was originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, but renamed in 1966 to give it more of an “All American” consideration, and to establish a difference between it and other shorthair breeds of the world. The American Shorthair is believed to have come over on the Mayflower, used on ships to capture rats. It was registered within the Cat Fancier’s Association as a breed in 1906.
If you’ve seen a pedigreed short haired cat around, then it’s most likely an American Shorthair. These make the most perfect pet, indoors or out. They are very low maintenance, and generally take care of themselves. They are represented with a wide variety of colors and color patterns. The males of the breed are normally larger than the females at full growth, which normally happens around ages 3 to 4 years.
Most people will confuse the average house or alley cat with an American Shorthair. The truth is that that only a cat from a pedigreed breed will repeatedly produce kittens of the same physical quality with the same coat quality and temperament. The American Shorthair will have distinct qualities that a “mutt” cat will not. They are a very healthy breed, and can live up to twenty years with up to date shots and veterinary care. The most widely recognized of this breed is the silver tabby, who has marks of black on her coat. there are also brown tabbies, calico, and in total, over eighty distinct colors and color schemes that represent this breed.
They love to be loved, simply soaking up relaxation, or being lazy, in other words. They are lively when they want to be, and otherwise require no special attention. They’re happy just to curl up beside you for hours. This breed is featured in movies and commercials. In fact, Garfield the Cat is most likely an American Shorthair, given his personality traits. Pricing on this breed is varied, but it falls into the lower priced category, as opposed to breeds such as the Siamese and Sphynx. If you want a cat that has the perfect personality, will get along very well with other cats, and even dogs, and will be a loving addition to your family, then the American Shorthair may be just what you’re looking for.