region United States
silhouette Midline semi-cobby
weight 4 to 8 kg
hair Short, dense and lustrous
dress All patterns except colorpoint. All colors are authorized except chocolate, cinnamon and fawn
head Round, with a softened stop
eyes Spaced out, round and matching the dress
ear Spaced, slightly open at the base
tail Average length
federation LOOF, CFA, ACFA, TICA, WCF
The American Shorthair is a breed of cat originating in the United States. This medium-sized cat is characterized by its rustic type.
This breed is directly descended from the alley cats brought back by European settlers. Their purpose is of course to protect grain stocks from rodents. The selection of these cats was therefore made on the ability to capture mice, rats and other rodents but also on its resistance to American climatic conditions. To improve the physique of the breed, he had crosses with the British Shorthair. Europe had difficulty accepting this breed and some associations still refuse to recognize it, which explains the rarity of the breed on the continent. In the United States it is very widespread and is one of the 10 most encountered breeds.
The American Shortair would be affectionate, moderately active and emotional but not very aggressive. He is said to be patient with children and accepting the presence of a dog. These character traits remain however perfectly individual and are functions of the history of each cat.