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American Shorthair


American Shorthair Cat

GP Blakkatz Yukon Cornelius, American Shorthair Cat

Michelle T. Bernard

Breed Profile Article:

Insights into the personality and habits of this stunning All-American favorite, from ASH breeder and writer Michelle T. Bernard.

Registry Standards:

Official standards by which American Shorthair cats are judged in registry-sponsored cat shows.

CFA Breed Standard
TICA Standards

History of the American Shorthair:

Article on the History of the ASH cat by Valerie Ann Edwards.

Retired Friends:

FBRL's listing of American Shorthair cats retired from breeding and available for adoption.

Breed Profile Resources:

More profile information about the American Shorthair Breed, assembled by your Guide.

American Shorthair Breeders:

Listing of American Shorthair Breeders. These sites are listed for the convenience of the viewer, and listing does not constitute recommendation.

The All-American Cat:

The American Shortair cat's body is medium to large, solid, muscular and powerful; a real "cat's cat." His coat is short, dense and thick, in a myriad of colors, in tabby, parti-color and bi-color patterns.

Trivia Corner: The American Shorthair was one of the first five breeds recognized by the CFA, and was originally called the "Domestic Shorthair."

If 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.

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