Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry, with the breed standard calling for them to be slightly longer than tall. Females tend to be smaller than males. The American Shorthair’s face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. The breed’s coat comes in a variety of colors and designs; however, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.
Relatively low-maintenance, experts say, although regular brushing as much as three times a week can help manage their thick coat. Bathing is optional. Shorthaired cats should not be bathed more often than once every six weeks to keep their skin from drying out.
Their working-class ancestors mostly hunted, and Americans today still prefer being at ground level, where their energy can be put to good use. A scratching post can provide an ideal outlet. Food should be monitored as some cats have a tendency to overeat.
National American Shorthair Club; www.ashclub.org
Sociable and affectionate to quiet and sedate. These powerful cats are widely considered easygoing and able to blend into any living situation. Willing purrers, they spread their love freely.
Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry. Females tend to be smaller than males. The breed standard calls for cats to be slightly longer than tall. The face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top.