American Shorthair Cat

The origin of the American shorthaired is similar to that of its European parents, due that they originate from the domestic cats.

The only difference is that, while in Europe there have been domestic cats during one thousand years (part from the population of European mountain cats, from which there is still vestige and with whom probably there were crossings); the American shorthaired barely has 400 years of history.

Useful For Humans
It may seem strange that the American Indians didn’t domesticate any member of the feline family. The felis species native of America has many members; the smallest is the jaguarondi that inhabits in the south of the United States and that weights up to 10 km.

It is known that in the ancient Egypt the serval was domesticated up you a certain point, and he is the double of size. However, in the American Indian Culture more importance was given to the hunting and fishing than to the agriculture or to the livestock raising that could have benefit from the capacity of cats to control the presence of annoying creatures.

On the other hand, the nomad life probably wouldn’t have favor the presence of cats.

The absence of domestic cats in the history of the American Indians dismantles the theory that the Maine Coon descends from the exemplar of Norwegian forest introduced into the continent by Viking explorers. If these semi domesticated cats would have existed, they would have had contact with the existing Indian tribes.

In reality, the first domestic cats to arrive to North America where those which arrived with the European pilgrims and then the population increased with the cat of the new immigrants and those who managed to escape from the ships.

Some mated with semi wild longhaired exemplar that arrived in the same way as them to the continent, from these crossings was born the Maine Coon.

The cats of short hair multiplied freely, and lodged in cars and stables, and little by little they gained acceptance in the kitchens. When the pioneers went west, they took their cats, so they extended themselves all through the continent.

The conditions of life, overall in the northern states at winter, were rough, but the short haired cat, in spite of lacking of the long isolating hair of the Maine Coon, they equaled the resistance of this race.

With its refined arts for hunting, even non evident in the actual pedigree version, they never lacked of food.

As in Europe, in America the shorthaired cat moved in a domestic environment, the farms and the semi wild life, wondering and mating freely. For it, it developed and ample gamut of colors and patterns, although with a general tendency towards the tabby marks.

Pedigree Registration
If well at the beginning of the feline discipline the American short haired was not so much appreciated as was the Maine Coon or the other foreign exotic races, they established a category for the short haired cat, with that same name, at the first United States exhibition, celebrated in 1895.

At those times, it wasn’t required for them to have pedigree to participate and the feline world was more open then now a days, although the spirit of that age survives in the category of the domestic cat, that even now are present in the exhibitions.

To develop the race, they had to introduce another two exemplar of short hair proceeding from the United Kingdom.

By the year of 1900, the North American breeder Jane Cathcart imported an orange male tabby of the shorthaired European cats, called Belle of Bradford. It was the first cat of short hair with pedigree registered by the cat fanciers’ Association.

Jane Cathcart also introduced to the continent another silver male tabby called pretty correct.

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