This striking cat is in the top ten most favorite breed of cats according to the Cat Fanciers Association. It is widely believed that the American Shorthair is descendant of British cats that came to North America on board ships who's job it was while on board was to keep down the rodent population...When they made it to America they sort of jumped ship. Through careful breeding, to develop certain traits, in this century we have created the American Shorthair of today.
He is a well proportioned cat...solid and muscular with a tail that suits his body in girth and length. He has a broad chest and nicely rounded feet. With a handsome coat that is short, and stupendously soft. The coat itself comes in a wide array of colors, color combination and colors that pair with only certain color of eyes...for example blue eyed white, odd eyed white, or gold eyed white...not to mention all assorted tabbies including mackerel tabby pattern, bi colors, parti colors and shaded...you have them all.
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Very intelligent the American Shorthair also comes equipped with a sweet disposition and makes a good hunter which comes in handy if you live in the country. The American Shorthair is a great addition to the family. He handles himself well with children and other pets in the home. They are fairly docile and compliant.