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American Shorthair Cat

The American Shorthair cat breed is believed to have arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Their skills as rat catches was highly valued by a ships’ crew, and could well have made their way to the North America even earlier, on ships that carried settlers to the Jamestown colony in Virginia, or Spanish explorers in Florida. Some of the descendants of those seafaring cats, known as shorthairs, or domestic shorthairs, became what we know today as American Shorthair.

American Shorthair Cat Information

Cats were valued on land as well as at sea. Farmers, shopkeepers and householders all needed a good cat to protect their stores of food from mice, rats and other vermin. The shorthairs were solid, hardy working stock, well suited to the tough conditions that prevailed on the untamed continent. Such good hunters were they that a publication from 1634 credits them with saving a New England colony’s crops from squirrels and chipmunks. From their coastal arrival points, they went west with settlers, and thrived.

American Shorthair Information

By 1895, shorthairs had made enough of a mark that they were exhibited at the first cat show in the United States. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized them as a breed in 1906. To differentiate them from randombred cats, also known as domestic shorthairs, the pedigreed felines were given the name American Shorthair in 1966. The cats are recognized by all registries.

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