The American Shorthair is the pedigreed version of the well-known and beloved domestic shorthair. This versatile cat can be bred for any number of colors and patterns, including the popular silver tabby.
Did You Know the American Shorthair is Easygoing?
The aptly-named American Shorthair has some interesting family history: His ancestors arrived on the Mayflower (maybe even earlier!), making their way to the New World alongside pilgrims, sailors, and adventurers.
Most of us have either lived with or come across a domestic shorthair, a cat that closely resembles the pedigreed American Shorthair. The one difference between the two breeds: Unlike domestic shorthairs, which come in a variety of looks, the American Shorthair produces kittens with the same distinct appearance.
The American Shorthair is an easygoing and tolerant cat who takes life as it comes — preferably while perched on a sunny windowsill where he can indulge in his favorite hobby of bird-watching. If he’s well socialized as a kitten, he’ll happily interact with guests — toddlers should be supervised, so they don’t tug on his whiskers or tail — as well as cat-friendly canine companions.
Other Quick Facts About the American Shorthair
The American Shorthair’s easy-care coat comes in more than 80 colors and patterns.
This is a medium-sized, muscular cat: American Shorthairs weigh between six and 15 pounds — and females tend to be on the smaller side.
American Shorthairs are friendly, adaptable family companions who can live up to 20 years.