sociable, affectionate, bold
white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color
children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The American shorthair cat has a short, dense coat and is believed to have come to America aboard the Mayflower, earning its passage as a rat catcher. With their affectionate nature, compact build, round faces, and short ears, American shorthairs make beautiful and loving pets.