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American Shorthair

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The American Shorthair cat was developed from native American working cats. American Shorthairs are true working cats: stocky, muscular, and powerful in build. They are friendly and interactive with a clownish streak.

The breed was originally called the "Shorthair", then "Domestic Shorthair", and later, in 1965, the "American Shorthair". Today, the term "domestic shorthair" is used to describe cats of unknown parentage or origin, and American Shorthair is the title given to the true pedigreed variety. They were among the first breeds recognized in the United States; 71 "Shorthair" cats and kittens were displayed at the very first U.S. cat show in 1895.

The American Shorthair personality is easygoing, resilient, adaptable, clownish, and loving. They tend to be more interested in being near their people than on them, but many will "cheat" and drape over a handy arm or leg of a favorite person. American Shorthairs can overeat, so owners must be careful to give them plenty of opportunity for exercise and play.

Although American Shorthair kittens are bred in a wide variety of colors and patterns, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known. American Shorthair breeders often breed for dramatic patterns that almost look painted-on for their contrast and beauty.

Interesing breed fact: The very first CFA registered American Shorthair was not born in America; he was a red tabby male named Belle of Branford, born in England in 1900.

Associations: The American Shorthair breed is accepted by all North American cat registries.

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