The American Shorthair Cat

Before we get into details, here's a quick overview of the American Shorthair cat:

Personality: Gentle, good with children, quiet

Suits: Families, first time cat owners, singles

Other: Healthy, long lived breed - a great choice for new cat owners and people who want a cat that's relatively easy to look after

Breed Information

What are they like as pets?

The are gentle, easy-going and not particularly vocal. They're active, agile and quite curious.

They're good with children, like to play, and enjoy spending time with their owners. They generally get on well with dogs.

They only need brushing a couple of times a week. This is generally a healthy, long-lived breed - some live for over 20 years.

If you're a first time cat owner, this breed could be a good choice for you, because they are relatively easy to look after, have a nice temperament and are usually robust and healthy.

They are also good for singles, as they don't mind being left alone (as long as it's not for long, frequent periods), and they are great as family pets too. In fact, they make fantastic pets for cat lovers in any situation.

Looks, build, colors and markings

These cats have a lovely, soft facial expression. They can grow quite big, with males weighing up to 15 pounds and females weighing up to 12 pounds when fully grown. There are more than 80 different color and pattern varieties.


When early settlers from England traveled to North America they carried cats on board their ships to keep mice and rats under control. Many of these cats stayed with the English settlers when they set up new homes in America.

The cats interbred and evolved. In the early 1900s, a selective breeding program was established to try to preserve the look and characteristics of the original cat "settlers". In 1966, the breed was named the American Shorthair cat.

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