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Description of American Shorthair

The Breed History

The American Shorthair derives from stock brought over from Europe with the pioneers. The British Shorthair is likely one of the main progenitors; the first registered cat (1904) was sired by a British Shorthair. Bred for rodent control, these hardy cats made do with a harsh outdoor lifestyle living in streets and barns. Common in North America, the registry allowed housecats without pedigree into the breed for many years but now the registry books are closed. The breed name changed from Domestic Shorthair to American Shorthair in 1966. The CFA accepted this breed first in 1906 and it has remained popular for many years (a top 10). The FIFР№ does not recognize the American Shorthair.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: females 8-12 lb (3.5-5.5 kg), males 11-15 lb (5-7 kg)

Coat: The dense coat is standoff and coat density increases during the cold weather. Accepted colors and patterns number about 80, with silver tabby being the most commonly seen. TICA and CFA standards differ in the types of tabby accepted. Hair texture is crisp.

Eyes: Most eye colors accepted. The eyes are a modified round shape.

Points of Conformation: Though not the largest of the cat breeds, the American Shorthair is particularly noted for sturdy bone and muscling. Overall, their conformation is moderate in every way (mesomorphic). The face is broad with prominent cheeks. The head is slightly longer when compared to the British Shorthair. Ears are medium sized and moderately wide set, with a rounded tip. The tail is medium in length and thick, tapering to a blunt tip. Paws are round. The nose is medium in length and in profile, is slightly concave.

Grooming: Moderate grooming needs are met by a light brushing about two times a week. A bit more care is needed while shedding.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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