American Shorthair Breed Summary
Good-natured, Calm, Intelligent
As American Shorthairs were formerly used to keep rodents away from food stores, they still enjoy exercising their hunting skills (mainly on unsuspecting insects and small rodents), however these kitties aren’t aggressive towards their humans, quite the opposite.
An intelligent and pretty active feline, the ASH enjoys learning tricks and testing their wits with puzzles and interactive toys. Because these cats are affectionate yet unneedy, playful yet docile, it’s no wonder they’re popular!
Fun Fact: While they may look fur-miliar to the relatives across the pond, the American Shorthair is larger, slimmer and stronger than the British Shorthair.
|Lifespan||15 – 20 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females: 7.9in – 9.8in|
|Weight||Males: 11lb – 15lb, Females: 7.9lb – 11.9lb|
|Coat||Short and straight|
|Color||White, blue, black, cream, red, silver, golden, brown, cameo, bluecream, tortoiseshell, chinchilla|
|Eye color||Blue, copper, green, gold, hazel, odd-eyed|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy|
In the early 1900s, American breeders began to breed American Shorthairs in an attempt to home in on qualities that define them today, such as their large head, full cheeks, sweet expression, powerful jaw and a coat of many colors. In 1966, these cats were given the name American Shorthair to help differentiate them from random-bred felines. Now a fully recognized pedigree breed, these kitties are currently the eight most popular breed registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.