Europaen Shorthair Breeders and other related links



    The origin of the European domesticated cat is still veiled in  obscurity. It is often presumed to be directly descendent from the Egyptian domestic, which supposedly, was brought to  Greece as early as 500 years before Christ. If this was the actual situation, the cat must  have spread very rapidly towards the north since it already existed in mid Sweden during the Time of the Great Migration (370 -600 after Christ).

    Judging from early reproductions from several earlier ages  as  well as the later Middle Ages, the body type of the European domestic was already sturdier than the Egyptian cat.

    European Shorthair is a breed of short-haired cat originating in Sweden. It's one of the oldest and most common breeds, but it wasn't standardized until quite late and is currently only recognized by one major cat club.

    Because it hasn't been bred in a regal meaning until very recently, many European Shorthairs don't have a pedigree and have not been certified as an European Shorthair. Instead, many European shorthairs are called "bondkatt" (Cat of the Farmer) in Swedish, by the fact that many were bred on farms. To confuse things many mixed breed cats are incorrectly referred to as "bondkatt" instead of the preferred term "huskatt"
    (Cat of the House).

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    In 1946 it became possible to register Swedish shorthaired cats. At first under the name of "Swedish Housecat" which was later converted to European Shorthair. Unfortunately, the early Europeans were judged by the standard of the British Shorthair. This  was a great disadvantage since many typical Europeans failed due to some detail, often the eye color, not beeing in accordance with the British Shorthair standard.

    In 1981 FIFe finally ruled that the two breeds should be judged by separate standards and thereby acknowledged the European Shorthair.

    Type and characteristics


    The body should be rectangular in shape with substantial bone  structure and good muscular development. The neck should be of medium length and muscular. Chest well developed and rounded. Legs should be of medium length, sturdy and muscular, tapering towards round feet.


    The head should be quite large in proportion to the body. From a front view it should give the impression of being rounded but is actually somewhat longer than wide. The forehead and skull  should be slightly rounded. The transition between the forehead and the nose is marked by a shallow indentation between the eyes. Nose of medium length, straight and uniformly broad. Cheeks should be well developed with  strong chin.


    The eyes should be of medium size, rounded and slightly oblique in setting, somewhat more than one eyes width apart. Color clear and pure. Open expression.


    The ears should be medium size and slightly rounded at tips. Approximately as wide at base as tall. Setting rather high and fairly upright on the head so that the beginning of the ears is in  line with the pupils. May be tufted.


    The tail should be medium long, rather thick at base and gradually tapering towards a rounded tip. Coat structure short and dense.


    The coat should be short and dense, firm and glossy. Of evenly cover-, mid- and under hair. cover hair should be fairly coarse and approximately 3-5 mm longer than under hair. Characteristic that  coat does not get soaked when put through normal wetness like rain, wetness stays in hair tips and is easily shaken off.


    In general the European Short hair is a vivid, playfull and good-natured creature. It is very affectionate.

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    Europaen Shorthair Breeders and other related links

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