American Shorthair Cats
A Family Favorite
The American shorthair cat has a reputation as “America’s breed.” The first cats of this type were brought over from Europe with early settlers. They were valued for their ability as great hunters and killing disease-carrying rats that threatened passengers.
In later years, this breed was put to work hunting rodents during the Gold Rush of 1849 and was a favorite of farmers.
The American shorthair in 1906 was recognized as one of the first five registered breeds by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
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