The American Shorthair is a hardy breed of cats believed to have originally traveled from Europe to the United States on the Mayflower. They were used as working animals, keeping the rodent population under control. For this reason, they evolved and were bred to be strong with thick coats to survive the elements.
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What are the differences between the American Shorthair and the Domestic Shorthair? Quite a lot actually, even though many people fail to realize that they are not the same. The beloved Domestic Shorthair is very comparable to the pedigreed purebred American Shorthair.
The big difference is that American Shorthairs produce litters that are uniform with distinct appearances, whereas Domestic Shorthairs will produce litters of any size, shape or color. Many years of selective breeding is the reason purebreds produce these specific qualities.
The American Shorthair is one of the most common breeds of cat found in the United States. It’s easygoing personality, lovable nature and ability to get along well with children has been a major reason for this popularity, and it can be found in every corner of the country.
But what is the history of the American Shorthair? Here we will discuss how this breed found it’s way to the New World, and how it thrived and adapted to become the American Shorthair we know and love.