This is the common domestic cat in lots of families or even on the streets around the world. They can be found in several countries although apparently have different records as belonging to a specific country. European shorthair has its counterparts in Great Britain (British Shorthair cat) and USA (American Shorthair cat), which were created much longer.
The British Shorthair cat however was crossed with a Persian Cat and selectively bred to become a cobbier cat with slightly shortened muzzle and thicker coating. This cat as an outdoor cat has a life expectancy of 5 to 12 years, while an indoor cat can live up to 22 years.
This cat is a hunter by nature and specializes in keeping homes and gardens free of rats. They are usually very playful and affectionate with their owners and tolerant of dogs when properly presented. It is not uncommon for them to show up with a mouse or even small snake in their mouths to gift their owners showing their love for them.The European Shorthair is a muscular, medium-sized to large cat, with a broad, well-muscled chest. The strong legs are average length and the paws are round. The tail is fairly thick at the base, tapering to a rounded point. The relatively large head is rounded, with well-developed jaws, but it is not as round as the British Shorthair’s head. The ears are medium-sized, they are broad at the base, with slightly rounded tip. The eyes are round and may be of any colour.
The European Shorthair’s dense coat is short, soft and glossy, and should lie flat. All natural colours are found, such as black, red, blue and cream, with or without tabby or white markings. Pure white is also found. The eye colour corresponds to the coat colour and may be yellow, green or orange. Blue or odd-eyed individuals are permitted if the coat colour is white.
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