The American Shorthair is a cat of mediums. Medium
build, medium size, and middle of the road temperament. The cat should appear strongly
built, well balanced and symmetrical; a real powerhouse cat with endurance and agility.
The head should be large and full cheeked with definite jowls in males. The cat should
have an open and sweet expression. The jaws are strong and long enough to catch prey with
a square muzzle. The neck is strong and muscular, holding the head on a solid and
powerful body. Legs are medium in length and bone with firm, full and rounded paws on
The coat, found in more than 80 colors and
patterns, should be short, thick, even and hard. This is a working cat which has adapted
over time to the harsh winters on the Eastern Seaboard. The coat should be thick enough
to protect from moisture, cold, and superficial injuries. A hearty cat, the American
Shorthair lives 15-20 years with ease.
Though you may own a cat similar in appearance to
the American Shorthair, do not be fooled. The average house cat shares many of the same
genes, but the genetics that give us the beautiful coat and lovely temperament of the
American Shorthair lack continuity in a moggie.