American Shorthair

American Shorthair

American Shorthair characteristics

If you're looking for a loving, playful, and companion buddy for your family, look no further because the American Shorthair (ASH) would be the one for you.  American Shorthair cat is a medium-sized muscular cat.  They're one of the sweetest companion cat breeds and they're very popular among cat owners.  They come in more than 80 colors and patterns but the sliver tabby is the most common and popular variety. 

American Shorthair cats are known to be loving cats who easily adapt to the family members.  These cats have robust health, great looking, very pleasant personality, and long lifespan.  So, if you're looking for a purrfect and pawsome cat breed, get an American Shorthair kitten or consider adopting one from a shelter.   

According to Wikipedia, early settlers brought cats to North America on the Mayflower in the 1620s to protect their cargos from the mice and protect crops from squirrels and chipmunks.  American Shorthair believed to be descendants from those domestic cats.  Selective breeding of these cats begun in the early 20th century in order to develop the best qualities of the breed. 

The breed is recognized by CFA and TICA  (The International Cat Association) as a pedigree cat breed with strict breeding standards.  If you're wondering, a pedigree cat means, a cat bred with only the same breed or variety to retain specific characteristics and behaviors related to the breed.  The breed was first known as Domestic Shorthair but was renamed to American Shorthair in 1966.  Some people still use the old name of the breed.  If you go to an animal rescue place or shelter (such as Petco) to adopt a cat, you may see DSH as the breed in the cat's description.  However, that could be because of mixed breeds.               

Origin: United States
Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
Size: Medium
Coat: Short
Pattern: Multiple patterns with colorpoint
Shedding: Moderate
Body Colors: White, black, blue, red, cream and silver
Eye Colors: Blue, copper, green, gold, hazel, and odd-eyed
Cost: $600 to $1200
Hypoallergenic? No

  american shorthair cat

  • Muscular
  • Medium-sized
  • Round face
  • Short ears
  • Large wide eyes
  • Long tail

The American Shorthair is one of the sweetest companion cats you can have 😺😊.  They are playful, people-oriented,  and easily adapt to different environments.  These cats don't demand lots of attention from you.  If they need attention, they will come to you and do a cute "Hey there, I need you" like meow.  They are generally not a lap cat but may sit alongside with you instead.

American Shorthair cat is funny and good at entertaining themselves with toys and its tail.  They are good at learning new things as they are intelligent and have a trainable personality.         

  • Adaptable
  • Very pleasant
  • Easy going
  • Intelligent
  • Playful and lively
  • People-oriented
  • Trainable
  • Requires less attention

Healthcare Tips
The American Shorthairs are generally a healthy cat breed.  However, they might suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is the most common heart disease among cats. 

Some breeders may claim the kittens are HCM free but no one can guarantee such a thing.  When choosing your kitten, make sure to buy from a reputable cat breeder who will provide information about the HCM screening of the breed.  If they haven't thoroughly tested for the disease and cannot provide a guarantee in writing, NEVER buy from them.  Check certified breed papers to make sure the cat belongs to the ASH breed because some may cross-breed with domestic shorthairs.

ASH cats grow 3 to 4 years old until they reach the full-size and usually require only annual vaccinations and veterinary checkups.  You have to pay attention to obesity, which is one of the most common cat health problems.  They easily gain weight if not fed with a well-organized diet.  If you provide good attention and care, an American Shorthair cat could live more than 15 years. 

American Curl cats require some grooming, so brush and comb a couple of times a week to keep the coat healthy and shiny and prevent dry and itchy skin. 

american shorthair kitten

Fun Cat Facts 

  • According to CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association), the American Shorthair was the 6th most popular cat breed in 2017
  • American Shorthair cats have been named CFA’s “Cat of the Year” in 1965, 1984 and 1996
  • The first ASH cat to win the title "Cat of the Year" from CFA was Shawnee Trademark, a silver tabby male
  • A brown tabby American Shorthair was offered for sale for $2,500 at the Second Annual Cat Show at Madison Square Garden in 1896.  That's about $6,000 in today's dollar value (in 2020).
  • American Shorthairs are low-maintenance cats

Please note that the characteristics mentioned here are based on the frequently observed traits of this breed.  Personalities and appearances of cats could vary based on the individual.  Please consult the breeder or the adoption organization for the specific details of the pet.



Cat facts 

What is the American Shorthair price?
An American Shorthair kitten could cost about $600 - $1200.  Make sure you buy one from a recognized cat breeder who provides a written health guarantee.

What is the American Shorthair lifespan?
The average life expectancy of this cat breed is about 15 to 20 years.  With proper care and attention, an American Shorthair cat could live for more than 15 years. 

Are the American Shorthair cats hypoallergenic?
No.  Even though they're very good companion cats, they're not hypoallergenic.  

What are the colors and varieties of American Shorthair?
ASH comes in more than 80 colors and patterns but the sliver tabby is the most common and popular variety.  Some other popular varieties are American Shorthair Black, American Shorthair Tabby, and American Shorthair Calico.  

Where I can find American Shorthair breeders?
TICA recognizes several breeders in Riverside (California), Rosemont (Minnesota), and North Carolina.

Please remember that TICA does not endorse any of these cat breeders and they do not make any warranty on the breeding or business practices.  So, carefully choose a responsible cat breeder to find your loving pet.


You may like this cat grooming glove for grooming your American Shorthair. 

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