The American shorthair, is one of the most adaptable breeds for any family. For a single person living alone, the American shorthair is an excellent companion. Known for being excellent with children, it adapts well to a busy home as well. The American Shorthair is a muscular cat, with a firm and well-balanced body. They have a short coat, bright, easy to care, in a variety of colors and patterns.
They are good cats by nature, relaxed, popular with families, as they are known to be very tolerant of children. They can be calm but also playful even into old age. The female cats tend to be more active than the males that they are more relaxed. In general they are intelligent cats and very interested in everything around you. Many Americans retain their hunting instincts with all the insects that are venturing home. They also like to see birds and other activity from the window sill.
It is not a big, heavy boned cat like the British. It is a very balanced medium sized and medium boned cat, with a muscular firm body, well proportioned in all parts. The head is slightly longer than wide with a sweet open expression. The eyes are set wide, medium and large in size proportional with the size of the head. The muzzle is medium-short with a full strong jaw, giving it a square appearance. The ears are medium sized and slightly rounded at the tip set twice the distance between the eyes. Females are smaller than males.
The coast is short, hard shiny, dense enough to give an appearance of natural protection. The color of the cat seems to affect the texture to some degree with the ideal coat more often found in brown ones. Color and pattern are also heavy, with clarity of marking. The coat requires little extra care, a bath is rarely necessary. A weekly brushing to remove dead hairs would be great. They don’t reach maturity until they are around three or four years of age.
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