The American Shorthair is considered to be the shorthaired cat that is native to the United States. However, this breed was bred out of cats that probably originated in Europe. Cats fitting the description of the American Shorthair were probably not native to the United States until the time of Columbus.
In 1966, the cats were given the name American Shorthair to differentiate them from random-bred felines. They are now the eighth most popular breed registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.
The first recorded breeding of the American Shorthair took place around 1904. The British Shorthair was one of the parents of this breed, which was originally known as the Domestic Shorthair.
The American Shorthair cat was a working cat that was used to keep the rodent population under control. Since this cat was meant to work, it was bred to be hardy, healthy, and strong. Since most of them lived outdoors, the coat was cultivated to be thick to keep out the elements and keep the cat warm.
The American Shorthair is an easygoing and tolerant cat who takes life as it comes preferably while perched on a sunny windowsill where he can indulge in his favorite hobby of bird-watching. If he’s well socialized as a kitten, he’ll happily interact with guests toddlers should be supervised, so they don’t tug on his whiskers or tail as well as cat-friendly canine companions.