About the American Shorthair | Royal Canin Club Malaysia

About the American Shorthair

American Shorthairs are relaxed, laid-back cats, although they do still exhibit burst of playful energy, even in their older years.

Playful, with a sweet, open expression and short, lustrous coat, the American Shorthair cat reflects the feline look of their hunting ancestors. American Shorthairs are good-natured, easy-going cats. They are very popular with families because of their playful nature and tolerance of children.

In general, they are intelligent and quite interested in their surroundings. They enjoy the company of people, but retain their independence. This breed is known for its longevity, robust health, friendly personality and patience with dogs and other pets.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics
• Country: United States
• Coat: Short coat
• Size category: Medium
• Average life expectancy: 15–20 years
• Traits: Calm / Sociable / Quiet / Intelligent / Independent / Playful

Key facts
• Requires lots of space
• Suited to indoor and outdoor life
• Requires little grooming

Origins of the breed
The American Shorthair is believed to be descended from European cats brought to North America by early settlers, including those on the “Mayflower”, to protect valuable cargo from mice and rats. With the interest in showing cats in the 1800’s, it was decided to develop a shorthair cat representative of the American working cat.

It is recorded that, at the Second Annual Cat Show at Madison Square Garden in 1896, a brown tabby American Shorthair was offered for sale for $2,500. Official recognition as the “Domestic Shorthair” was given by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1906. The breed was re-named the “American Shorthair” in the early 1960’s.

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