American Shorthair Cats

The American Shorthair is a medium-sized, compact and muscular cat breed with a thick and short coat that comes in a wide range of colours and patterns. It is an athletic and agile cat and has a reputation for being a prolific hunter. The American Shorthair is the oldest recognised American cat breeds.

Weight of American Shorthair Cats

The ideal weight of an American Shorthair cat is 3.5-8 kg (8-18lbs)

Lifespan of American Shorthair Cats

A healthy American Shorthair should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 14 years.

American Shorthair Cat litter size

A litter on average produces 4 kittens.

Colour varieties of American Shorthair Cats

Self and tortie colours; smoke; shaded tipped, tabby, shaded tabby and bicolour; smoke, shaded and tipped bicolour; tabby bicolour; silver tabby bicolour.

General features

It is claimed they arrived in North America in the early 17th by ship with European settlers and developed from there. The pedigree American Shorthair line began at the start of the 20th century. Additional imported cats were mated with local shorthair cats to develop this new breed. This breed is known for being laidback, affectionate and good with people. It is a cat that is more suited to an outdoor life. They are prolific hunters.