The American Shorthair is one of the most popular domesticated cats in the United States and a favorite pet for families with kids. American Shorthairs are also a very colorful cat, with many hundreds of beautiful color and pattern combinations! Let’s explore all the most common colors and patterns of this distinct breed.
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.
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.