American Shorthair

  • Size

    Medium to large, with males weighing 11 to 15 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds
  • Coat

  • Sheds

  • Color

    White, black, blue, red, cream and silver, plus various patterns and shadings
  • Vocalization

  • Temperament


Ancestors of the American Shorthair hunted rats on the ships of early European settlers. These cats flourished alongside the pioneers, eventually becoming the native North American shorthair cat. A true working breed, the American Shorthair is strongly built. This healthy, long-lived cat stands out for her beauty and quiet disposition and makes an ideal companion for families with children and those having cat friendly dogs.

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