European Shorthair

Other names : European, Domestic shorthair cat

Photo: adult cat of European Shorthair breed
Checked by animal care professional
Comment Share

Life expectancy

The European Shorthair has a life expectancy of between 13 and 18 years


Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 15 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour
Good to know

More details about the European Shorthair

European Shorthair: Origins and history

The European Shorthair’s ancestor is the ‘Felis Silvestris Libyca’, of Egyptian origin. Adopted since antiquity by Greeks and Romans, it spread throughout Europe. They were first admired for their hunting skills, which enabled them to control rodent populations in grain silos. Next came a period of bad luck during the witch hunts, because of the superstitions of the time.
Since these cats are seen as very common and devoid of any particular characteristics, they have always been free to reproduce as they see fit (that is, for non sterilised individuals!). It wasn’t until recently, in 1983, that the breed became recognised, and it was only in 2007 that the breed was named the European.

European Shorthair: Purchase price

They aren't enough data to establish an average price for a European Shorthair. But the cost for a GCCF-approved European Shorthair will vary according to lineage, breeding, age or even sex.

For your monthly budget, you should allow on average £25 per month to cater to this cat’s needs, by offering them a quality diet and ensuring they stay healthy.

Do you want a European Shorthair cat ?

Oh no...
There are no European Shorthair adoption profiles at the moment...

Animals for adoption

Is the European Shorthair right for you?

take the test
Leave a comment on this breed
Connect to comment
If you want to share this profile: