American Shorthair

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American Shorthair overview

Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, but has been known as the American Shorthair since registration with the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) in 1965. Bred as a working cat, clearing ships of rats, the American Shorthair embodies power, endurance and agility. An independent, 'outdoor' cat, he thrives on hunting and play, yet makes an easy going and affectionate companion who needs little grooming.

Other known names for American Shorthair

Domestic Shorthair, Mouser

American Shorthair alternative names

Amerikaanse Korthaar (Dutch), Américain à poil court (French), Amerikanische Kurzhaar (German), Doméstico de pelo corto (Spanish)


Emigrated from Europe to the United States

Breed number/code


Biological data

Medium to large.
Solid, powerful and muscular, with well-developed shoulders and hindquarters.
Large, full-cheeked face, with a sweet, open expression.
Medium-sized, slightly rounded ears; large, wide eyes, positioned slightly angled and shaped like half an almond.
Hair quality
Short, thick and dense, of a hard texture.
chinchilla silver
shaded silver
shell cameo (red chinchilla)
shaded cameo (red shaded)
black smoke
blue smoke
cameo (red) smoke
tortoiseshell smoke
blue chinchilla silver
blue shaded silver
cream shell cameo (cream chinchilla)
cream shaded cameo (cream shaded)
blue cream smoke
blue silver tabby (pewter tabby)
blue silver patched tabby (pewter patched tabby)
cream cameo tabby (dilute cameo)
smoke and white
black smoke and white
blue smoke and white
tortoiseshell smoke and white
shell cameo and white
shaded cameo and white
smoke cameo and white
Eye colours
Eye colour varies according to coat colour.
Tabby patterns include classic, mackerel, patched, brown, brown patched, blue, blue patched, silver, silver patched, red, cream, and cameo, all of which may also be seen with white.

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American Shorthair – Breed standard

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American Shorthair references and further reading

National American Shorthair Club

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American Shorthair photo by Tetsu Yamazaki Animal Photography
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American Shorthair kitten

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