American Shorthair

American Shorthair

 
American Shorthair

General

The American Shorthair is a true breed of working cat. The general effect is that of a strongly built, well balanced, symmetrical cat with conformation indicating power, endurance, and agility.

Breed Traits

PLAYFULNESS 4 out of 5

ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 out of 5

FRIENDLINESS TO OTHER PETS 4 out of 5

FRIENDLINESS TO CHILDREN 4 out of 5

GROOMING REQUIREMENTS 1 out of 5

VOCALITY 1 out of 5

NEED FOR ATTENTION 3 out of 5

AFFECTION TOWARD ITS OWNERS 3 out of 5

DOCILITY 4 out of 5

INTELLIGENCE 3 out of 5

INDEPENDENCE 4 out of 5

HARDINESS 4 out of 5

 
 

Personality

When describing the American Shorthair, the expression “happy medium” springs to mind. These all-American cats are medium in size, build, type, and temperament; they are neither too big nor too small, not overly cuddly nor distant, neither couch potatoes nor hyperactive. The American Shorthair is the perfect breed for those who want a cat that enjoys being in your lap but not in your face. American Shorthairs are known for their adaptable temperaments and quiet voices; they are sociable, easily trained, and adapt well to other animals and children. They generally do not like to be picked up; like their Pilgrim companions who left England to find freedom, they cherish their independence. Because of the American Shorthair’s history as a working cat, they make great companions in terms of health, strength, and vitality. American Shorthairs enjoy a good romp with their favorite humans, but can amuse themselves with a ball of paper just as well. They tend to remain active and playful well into their old age. Due to their barn cat background, ASHs have strong hunting instincts and enjoy catching and killing catnip mice—and real ones, too, if given access to the great outdoors, something that’s discouraged by breeders. Your indoor ASH will put presents on your pillow, usually well-killed catnip mice, and proudly wait for the well-deserved petting and praise.
 
 
 

History

 
 

Physical Attributes

BODY

Solidly built, powerful, and muscular with well-developed shoulders, chest, and hindquarters. Back broad, straight and level.

HEAD

Large, with full-cheeked face giving impression of an oblong just slightly longer than wide. Sweet, open expression. Forehead forms smooth, moderately convex continuous curve flowing over top of head into neck. No dome between ears. Nose medium length, same width for entire length. Gentle curved rise from bridge of nose to forehead.

EARS

Medium size, slightly rounded at tips, not unduly open at base. Distance between ears, measured from lower inner corners, twice distance between eyes.

EYES

Large and wide with upper lid shaped like half an almond cut lengthwise and lower lid shaped in fully rounded curve. At least width of one eye between eyes. Outer corners set very slightly higher than inner corners. Bright, clear, and alert.

LEGS & PAWS

Medium in length and bone, heavily muscled. Viewed from rear, all four legs straight and parallel with paws facing forward. Paws firm, full and rounded, with heavy pads. Toes five in front, four behind.

TAIL

Medium long, heavy at base, tapering to abrupt blunt end in appearance but with normal tapering final vertebrae.

COAT

Short, thick, even, and hard in texture. Regional and seasonal variation in coat thickness allowed. Coat dense enough to protect from moisture, cold, and superficial skin injuries.

COLOR

Many colors and patterns including solid; shaded; smoke; particolor; bicolor; tortoiseshell; cameo; van; tabby (classic,