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Cat Breed of the Week: American Shorthair

By December 24, 2013

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The American Shorthair was one of the first five cat breeds recognized by the CFA, and was originally called the "Domestic Shorthair." (Many owners of shorthair domestic cats mistakenly refer to their cats as "American Shorthairs")

photo of American Shorthair Cat, Blakkatz Yukon CorneliusIf you are looking for a low maintenance cat, the American Shorthair is right up your alley. They are solidly built cats, descendants of ancestors who arrived from Europe with the early pioneers, and are full-fledged All-American cats, just as the descendants of those human pioneers are All-Americans today.

In the early part of the 20th Century breeders started selectively breeding the American Shorthair in order to preserve its native quality. The result is a cat that is consistently rated among the most popular cat breeds. Pictured is GP Blakkatz Yukon Cornelius, American Shorthair Cat.
Photo Credit: © Michelle T. Bernard


March 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(1) Rebecca says:

oh wow a little american shorthair history cool i have a abnoxious american shorthair cat whose name is meatball.

July 14, 2010 at 10:35 am
(2) Potter Beth says:

Lovely cat! And I really liked reading more about them in the accompanying article! :)

December 25, 2013 at 11:45 am
(3) Kristin Haskins says:

That is so interesting!!! I hadn’t heard that they had changed the classification. A few years ago, I worked at an animal shelter. The majority of our strays were in this category (no pun intended!), and were always logged in the books as “Domestic Shorthair”, followed by the other pertinent info. One thing I used to say a lot was: “We humans domesticated these animals.That means that we OWE them something.”

December 26, 2013 at 12:50 am
(4) Franny Syufy says:

I agree, Kristin! I’ve said basically the same thing for years – When we domesticated the cat we took on the responsibility for its care.

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