American Shorthair

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Life expectancy

The American Shorthair has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 15 lb
Coat colour
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More details about the American Shorthair

American Shorthair: Origins and history

The ancestors of the American Shorthair arrived in the New World at the same time as the first settlers, coming from all over Europe. Initially used as vermin controllers on the boats of explorers and merchants, they adapted their job to the extermination of rats and mice in barns, attics, mines and all other human settlements in America. For many centuries, natural selection has favoured individuals with the best hunting skills, and those who are the most robust and resistant to the living conditions of North America. This makes them a naturally-occurring breed.

Eventually, the farmers chose to favour not only the most efficient hunters, but also those with the nicest temperament and the prettiest colours. At the time, they were known as the Domestic Shorthair.

At the beginning of the 20th century, breeders wanted to preserve the typical American cat, which was at risk of disappearing in favour of other breeds of short-haired cats. Surprisingly, the first recognised American Shorthair was English, and was crossed with a British Shorthair. Other crosses were also made in the early 1900s, but these are now banned. The breed has been known as the American Shorthair since 1966 and it is now one of the 10 most popular breeds in the United States, Canada and Japan. However, they are still rare in Europe, where some associations still refuse to recognise them as a breed.

American Shorthair: Purchase price

Depending on their pedigree, an American Shorthair will be more expensive. We do not have enough data to set an average price for an American shorthair cat. For your monthly budget, less than £25 will be enough.

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  • cats4
    my 4 cats Pebbles and Hazel the girls and Hugo and Pumpkin the boys and they are American Shorthairs
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