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The American Shorthair was developed from native American working cats. American Shorthairs are true working cats: stocky, muscular, and powerful in build.

The breed was originally called the "Shorthair", then "Domestic Shorthair", and later, in 1965, the "American Shorthair". Today, the term "domestic shorthair" is used to describe cats of unknown parentage or origin, and American Shorthair is the title given to the true pedigreed variety. They were among the first breeds recognized in the United States; 71 "Shorthair" cats and kittens were displayed at the very first U.S. cat show in 1895.

Americans can overeat, so owners must be careful to give them plenty of opportunity for exercise and play.

Although this breed is accepted in a wide variety of colors and patterns, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.

Interesing breed fact: The very first CFA registered (American) Shorthair was not born in America; he was a red tabby male named Belle of Branford, born in England in 1900.

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