: American Shorthair
The American Shorthair Cat
An American Cat Pilgrim
American Shorthair cat is America's own cat breed. The ancestors
of the American Shorthair breed came to North America with
early settlers from Europe.
The "Mayflower," the boat that carried the Pilgrims to America,
also carried several cats to hunt ship's rats. For centuries,
these "working cats" flourished along with their pioneer owners
and eventually established themselves as the native North
American shorthaired cat.
you aren't familiar with pedigreed cats, you may be under the
impression that the American Shorthair cat breed has a fancy name for
an alley cat. However, the American Shorthair, which was called the
Domestic Shorthair until the nineteen sixties, is a pedigreed cat that
meets a specific standard. The name "American Shorthair" also
reinforces the idea that our native North American shorthaired cat is
distinctly different from what may be found in streets, neighborhoods
The American Shorthair actually is a
descendant of the European Shorthair.
These cats, which are classified as a part of the Championship Class
by the Cat Fancier's Association, are on the large side, weighing in
at eight to fifteen pounds. His
tail is slightly thicker at the base than at the tip and is shorter
than his body. His eyes are big and have an alert
of Champion Class, as early as 1896 a brown tabby American Shorthair
was even offered for sale for $2,500 at the Second Annual Cat Show at
Madison Square Garden.
While tabbies are probably the most common
Shorthair patterns, it is recognized in more than eighty different
colors 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, bicolor patterns and many colors
The most well-known American Shorthair color today
is the silver tabby, with dense black markings set on a sterling silver
background. The striking silver tabby color has been popular
since one of these gorgeous cats was the winner of the nineteen sixty
five United States Cat of the Year Award. However, the tortoise shell
and white cat, also known as a Calico is also quite popular.
A Formidable Hunter
American Shorthair actually is a descendant of the European Shorthair.
As this breed adapted to life in the United States, it developed a
heavier, coarser coat to protect it from the bitter American winters.
In addition, the American Shorthair cat is a bit larger than its
The American Shorthair is usually a mild mannered,
quiet cat, although it can be a fairly formidable hunter of mice and
other small rodents. Since this cat breed is quite content to curl
up on the sofa, it is an ideal breed for apartment living.