American Shorthair

American Shorthair CatAmerican Shorthair cats are believed to be descended from the ship cats of the first English settlers in America.  Working as mousers aboard the ships, many disembarked in the “New World” and began breeding.  Over generations, they developed different traits and characteristics from their relatives (the British Shorthair) to help them survive in their new climate.

In the early 1900s, when foreign cat breeds began becoming popular in the U.S., a group of breeders started a program to protect the American Shorthair from being lost to cross breeding.  The Cat Fanciers‘ Association first recognized the breed in 1906.  It was originally called the Domestic Shorhair, a term now used to describe any non-pedigreed shorthaired cat.

American Shorthairs are healthy, affectionate, and even tempered cats, with slender builds and long tails.  They come in a variety of different colors and patterns – solids, tabbies, calicos, and more.  The most famous is the silver tabby, who represents the breed in a lot of photos.