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Temperaments and personalities vary greatly, from very affectionate to independent, talkative or active to independent, talkative or active to very calm, relaxed or docile.
The introduction of domestic cats to the United States dates back to the early 17th century. Hoping to avoid a rodent problem on their ships, the Pilgrims brought our modern-day feline friends along for the ride.
After countless generations of interbreeding, the medium-haired domestic cat was created. Today, this type of cat can be found in homes, shelters and cat colonies all over the world. Firstly, the medium-haired domestic cat is not technically a single breed, but the term encompasses a type of cat that includes several breeds. However, they are related to domestic shorthair and longhair cats. The easiest way to differentiate between these three types of cats is (as one might suspect) to look at the length of their fur.
Domestic shorthair cats will have a shorter coat in general, and will not have excess hair on the tail, mane or around the legs. Medium-haired domestic cats will still have shorter hair along the back, but the rest of the coat, especially around the neck and tail, will have a fluffier and slightly longer appearance. Domestic long-haired cats will have a longer, more flowing coat, with a more uniform length throughout the body.
Because medium-haired domestic cats come from a mixture of ancestry, their physical appearance is quite diverse: they can be found in a range of colours, patterns, shapes and sizes. This means that you can have a short, stocky, grey cat and a slender, black and white cat, and both can be considered domestic medium-haired.
Another result of having mixed ancestry is that the temperaments and personalities of Domestic Medium cats vary from cat to cat. It is quite possible for one Domestic Medium to be quiet and aloof, and another to be sociable and talkative. Although the personality and appearance of the Domestic Medium cat varies from feline to feline, these cats are still wonderful pets and welcoming companions.”
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