The American Shorthair Cat, a family friendly favorite


The American Shorthair cat is recognized in more than eighty different colors and patterns ranging from the brown patched tabby to the almost pearlescent blue-eyed white, silky shaded silvers and many more colors in between.

The most frequently seen American Shorthair color today is the silver tabby, with striking black markings set on a light silver background.


Though this breed does enjoy frequent brushings, it is not really necessary for maintenance. Bathing is strictly optional and shorthaired cats should not be bathed more often than once every six to eight weeks to keep their skin from drying out.


Sociable and affectionate though when more mature, they can be quiet and sedate. These beauties evolved from ancestors which were working class mousers and the breed is as hardy now as then. American Shorthair Cats are widely considered easygoing and able to adapt to any living situation.

Posessing a very loving nature, this cat purrs in appreciation at any attention received. Often gregarious, this cat is usually good with kids and other animals, with which they share their love freely. This breed is known for its longevity, very good health, beauty and quiet demeanor.


Ideal American Shorthairs are a study in symmetry. Females tend to be smaller than males. The breed standard calls for cats to be slightly longer than tall.

The face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. Males are significantly larger than females, weighing eleven to fifteen pounds when fully grown.

National American Shorthair Club

The American Shorthair as a Companion

These beautiful cats are not only lovely to look at, but healthy, easy-going and affectionate. The American Shorthair is a gentle companion, yet can be a fun playmate for your children, and is happiest when he is allowed to be a full-fledged member of the family, taking an interest in everyone’s activities.

Not at all fussy or temperamental, this is a very good cat to have as a companion.

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