Meet the American Shorthair Cat, One of the Original Domesticated Breeds What Makes This Native American Breed Special

American Shorthair cat photo
Large Breed Medium Breed American Shorthair


  • 1 The American Shorthair cat is the perfect family pet with their cuddly, playful nature and friendly personality.
  • 2 Neither too lazy nor too active, they make a great companion.
  • 3 American Shorthair cats are known for their acceptance of other breeds and children.


Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, the American Shorthair was brought to North America by settlers from Europe as rat-catchers on their ships. Once in America, these cats flourished. They quickly became more than just mousing cats once their mild temperament became well known. After years of crossbreeding with other pedigrees, the American Shorthair of today can be found with all different types of coat pattern and color, but purists can still find cats with the original characteristics.

Quick Facts

  • img

    Medium, Large

  • img

    15 years or more

  • img
    Hair Length


  • img
    Litter Size

    An average of 4 kittens

  • img
    Male Weight

    10 - 15 pounds

  • img
    Female Weight

    8 - 12 pounds


One of the most mild-mannered of all the cat breeds, the American Shorthair is a friendly, well-tempered addition to any family. Never a problem with other pets and children, these cats are one of the easiest cats to transition into life at a new home. Lastly, being so low maintenance, these cats are exceptionally easy to care for..


The American Shorthair can come in any color or color pattern out there.

Health Concerns

The American Shorthair is a healthy breed and so enjoys an extended lifespan. They are resistant to many of the hereditary diseases.


The American Shorthair, developed from Native American working cats, takes pride in being one of the only original American breeds. Because of the extensive cross breeding with foreign breeds, the "American Shorthair Look" has become somewhat muddled in recent years. The traditional American Shorthair has a somewhat flat face and a medium sized body.

Was this article helpful?