The American Shorthair is widely believed to be a direct descendant of the first cats brought to North America by Europeans in the 1600s. Owing to their long history here, they have developed strongly independent, adaptable and friendly personalities. They get along well with people and usually aren’t skittish (even with strangers), but they aren’t cuddly lap cats either. They like to be near humans, but not always to be held or carried around by them.
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American Shorthairs are one of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S. These cats have an iconic short coat that is lustrous and dense. This coat often features shades of black, blue, brown, silver and tabby. Due to their popularity, purebred American Shorthair kittens often come with an eye-popping price tag.
A truly purebred American Shorthair kitten has to be bred by a registered breeder, which means it will cost more than the average domestic kitty. An American Shorthair kitten purchased from a reputable breeder can range from $600 -$800 or more.
Choosing the perfect American Shorthair kitten can be a challenge. Not because there are so few to choose from, but because there are so many reputable catteries specializing in this very popular breed.