amshortAmerican Shorthair Breeders and other related Links

    The British and American Shorthair Breeds got their names from the fact that they are breeds from these countries. It is said that the American Shorthair probably originated in England and came  over with the Pilgrims in the early seventeenth century. It is recorded that most ships set sail for the New World with several cats on board. Today there are only minor differences required in their standards.


    History of the breed goes back to the Roman Invasion in England where these shorthair cats arrived with the troops and were kept for their mousing ability. Old paintings and engravings show cats of this type have been around for  several hundred years. The oldest type recorded is a Tabby. When first registered and exhibited with The Cat Fancier's Association , the cat was called Domestic Shorthair. The name was changed to American Shorthair in 1965.

    Type and characteristics

    The coat should be short in length, thick and it should have some texture.. While the coats of some colors, like the silver tabby, tend to have a longer, softer feel, the short length, textured coat is preferred.

    Body, neck, legs and tail

    British and American Shorthairs should be large, strong, sturdy and muscular. Male is larger than the female. Neutered cats have a tendency to obesity and should be kept on a  diet. The chest should be deep and broad with strong legs and rounded paws. Medium to large-sized cat with females ranging from 8 to 10 pounds and males from 10 to 12 pounds.The body should be medium-sized with a solid bone structure.


    The head should be wide and rounded and in males show a definite jowls. The nose should  show a stop and the jaw should show a level bite with no overshot or undershot. The overall look for the British Shorthair should be a chunky, cobby cat without the expression of a Persian.  The muzzle should be square.


    The ears should be medium in size and low set.


    The eyes are large, round and set well apart. Eye color in accordance with the coat. Judges look for a brillant gold eye color for most colors exept for silver tabbies who should have brillant green eye color. Solid whites can have gold, blue or odd eye colors.


    Tail should be thicker at the base than the tip and medium length well covered with fur.


    A rainbow of colors, the most common being the striking silver classic tabby and the brown classic tabby


    Moderate, not very vocal, great couch or bed cats

    American Shorthair Breeders and other related Links

    Breed Descriptions on the Net

    CFA Breed Standard: American Shorthair
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    Breed Profile of the All American Cat
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    TICA: American Shorthair
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    CFA Breed Standards


    ACF Breed Standard -  (The Australian Cat Federation)

    ACFA Breed Standard - The American Cat Fancier Association

    CCAFC Breed Standards - Canadian Cat Association Feline Registry

    FIFe Breed Standards - Federation Internationale Feline

    GCCFBreed Standards -  Governing Council Cat Fancy

    LOOF Breed Standards- Livre Officiel des Origines Felines

    WCF Breed Standards - World Cat Federation

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