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American Shorthair

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American Shorthair (Lying, Side View)
Lying, Side View
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American Shorthair (Face, Black & White)
Face, Black & White
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American Shorthair (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Breed Information


2018: #6

2017: #6

Name American Shorthair
Other names Domestic Shorthair
Origin United States
Size Medium to Large

Short Hair




Lap Cat Yes
Life span 15-17 years



Easy Going




Males: 11 to 15 pounds

Female: 8 to 12 pounds







Kitten Prices

Average $600 - $1200 USD

How Much Does an American Shorthair Cost? American Shorthair cats with normal origin, with middle-sized appearance, and coming from less-known breeders are priced between $500 and $800. However, An American Shorthair kitten purchased from a reputable breeder can range from $1000 -$1500 or more.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Affection Level

5 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good With Others: It is usually good with everyone and can be affectionate towards them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Energy Level

3 stars


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be every few weeks.

Health Issues

1 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoGenerally Healthy: It doesn't have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.


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Constant Shedding: Shedding will occur often for this cat breed. It is suggested to brush and comb its coat regularly to reduce the risk of it developing hairballs. Be prepared also to vacuum often.

Social Needs

4 stars

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


1 stars

Low Vocalization: It is known to be quiet. Therefore, owners shouldn't be concerned of excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.

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British Shorthair Kitten (Kittens, Blue & Brown)
Kittens, Blue & Brown
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British Shorthair Kitten (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle
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British Shorthair Kitten (Face, Blue)
Face, Blue

Kitten Names

Rank Male Female
01 Oliver Maisy
02 Tigger Angel
03 Blade Lily
04 Coco Pepsi
05 Sammy Sushi
06 Gavin Leah
07 Felix Molly
08 Aaron Lexi
09 Titan Sushi
10 Nugget Tippy
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The American Shorthair is known for its longevity, robust health, calm disposition, good looks, friendliness and gentleness. It is a true native American breed that comes in a variety of colors, although it does not come in a pointed pattern like that of the Siamese. The best known American Shorthairs are the dramatically marked silver tabbies, which have been popular in commercial advertisements and movies.

The American Shorthair ranges in size from medium to large. It is well-built and powerful, with a short, dense coat and large, piercing round eyes. This breed is less square in shape and larger than its counterpart, the British Shorthair. It also has a more oblong rather than a round head, larger ears and longer legs. This is a low-maintenance breed that only requires occasional brushing to keep its coat fresh and manage mild shedding.

Children & Other Pets

The laidback but playful American Shorthair is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He will get along fine with dogs if they don’t give him any trouble. He is a skilled hunter, but may learn to leave pet birds or other small animals alone if he is introduced to them at an early age. When in doubt, however, separation is best. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.

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