American Short Hair

American Short Hair


Carefree attitude; enjoys independence and hunting. Historically they were used for this attribute, to protect the cargo of ships from rodents.


The phrase “form follows function” was never truer than in the case of the American Shorthair breed. That’s because this beautiful, athletic breed was trained and designed to be the ultimate in pest control. With a broad chest, well-muscled body, strong jaws and thick neck, the American shorthair is the quintessential example of feline beauty. The American shorthair is a medium to large cat breed with a thick, dense coat that tends to thicken during the winter months. Grooming is kept to a minimum because of its tight, short coat. Colours of the American shorthair include white, blue, black, cream, red, silver, gold, golden, brown, cameo and chinchilla. Patterns can be calico, solid, two-tone, brindle, smoke, tortoiseshell and shaded. Although brown or silver tabby are the most common and appreciated colour patterns. Eye colour may vary with coat colour, but includes green, blue, copper, gold, golden, hazel or odd eyes (each eye of a different colour). Unlike their close relative, the domestic shorthair cat, which has a wide variety of body styles and types, purebred American Shorthair cats all have a similar appearance.”

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: Short straight coat comes in a variety of colours and patterns.
Colours & Body Type: Variable coat colour, may appear: solid white, blue, black, cream, silver, red, gold, brown, blue-cream, and may come in bicolour, tricolour, tabby, and smoke or shaded patterns.
Grooming Needs: Low – occasional brush.
Similar Breeds: Ocicat, Abyssinian.
Vital Stats:
Height: 20 to 25 cm
Weight – Female: 3.6 to 5.4 kg
Weight – Male: 5.4 to 7 kg
Health Profile: Weight must be monitored closely, prone to obesity.
Life Span: 15 to 20 Years

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