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American Shorthair

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American Shorthairs are intelligent, placid and loving.

They make an ideal family pet.

Where I'm From

It's thought the breed originated in Europe, with the first American shorthairs arriving in the US as ship cats aboard the Mayflower in 1620. These keen little hunters would have been welcome passengers as they helped to keep down the rat population.

On shore, as more and more new settlers arrived, American shorthairs were invaluable at protecting farms, shops and houses from rats, mice and other vermin.

What I Look Like

The American Shorthair is a medium to large cat, with a strong, stocky body, with well developed shoulders and chest.

They are often described as a true breed of 'working cat'.

They come in a wide range of patterns and colours.

How I Act

It's easy to see why the american shorthair is one of the most popular breeds in the US.

This tough little breed ticks all the right boxes. It's placid, gets along with children and other pets and has a gentle personality.

American shorthairs can live for up to 15 years or longer.

They are a low maintenance breed and generally healthy.