At first glance, you might
mistake an American Shorthair for a common mixed breed "alley cat". Take a closer look! Notice the large head with its broad face and square
muzzle. See the luminous eyes with their unique asymmetric shape (almond
upper lid, fully rounded lower lid). Note the massive body with its distinctive
proportions. Feel the extraordinary "mink and satin" texture of
the hard, protective coat. Examine the many beautiful and unusual color
varieties. No doubt you have seen examples of the popular silver classic
tabby in commercials or on tv interview shows.
The American's characteristic
features were standardized through more than 200
years of natural, undisciplined, aesthetic selection followed by
an additional 100 years of registered, scientific, selective
This is NOT a common breed
- less than 2,000 kittens (including all colors) are born a year - worldwide!
But wait, the American is more than just a luxurious pet and glamorous showman.
This medium-to-large size natural breed has retained both the skill and
the health to perform as a superior rodent hunter. Although
tough on vermin, no breed makes a more tolerant children's pet.
If introduced at an early
age, (under 1 year) the American will become fast friends with a
variety of animals including dogs and horses. Adaptable,
intelligent, intensely loyal and affectionate to their chosen families,
the American fits in anywhere - arctic to tropics - apartment to farm, providing
ideal companionship for anyone.