The American Shorthair


Photos from Char’s Cattery

Registered as the American Shorthair in 1966; previously known as the Shorthair or Domestic Shorthair.  Probably the original “American” cat, possibly arriving on the Mayflower where they earned their passage as “ratters”  It has a short, thick coat developed because of their penchant for the outdoors.  A muscular body, round face, medium ears, and eyes whose color depend on the color of its coat.  Low maintenance.  Long life spans (15-20 years).

  • BREED TYPE:  Natural
  • BODY TYPE:  Cobby
  • COAT TYPE:  Shorthair
  • SIZE:  Medium to large (8 to 15 pounds)
  • TEMPERAMENT:  Gentle and playful.  Good with children.  Undemanding.
  • COLORS:  Solid(self): Black, white.  Tabby:  red classic, brown classic, cream classic, silver classic, brown patched, red/white van, cream mackerel, blue mackerel.  Calico dilute.  Tortie: blue-cream.  Shaded: chocolate and silver.

Recommended Web Links

CFA Profile

TICA Standard

American Shorthair Rescue

National American Shorthair Club

FBRL Profile