European Shorthair Cat

The term European shorthaired cat sometimes brings confusion. If well in the Anglo-Saxon countries its identified with the British shorthair, in the European continent it is distinguished between the European cat and the British, developed in the United Kingdom from the European, but also with Persian blood. Because of their close relation, we will analyze them both.

Breed Origins
Whatever the case, the breed descends from the original western European domestic cat and is a distant parent to millions of the actual cats in the continent, although the owners of European cats don’t like to remember this connection.

When a child draws a cat, h draws a short haired European cat, and the truth is that there are breeders that consider them to “vulgar” to be taken in consideration. However, they have put all their efforts in perfecting this race as to develop other more exotic.

In this campaigns throughout Europe, almost 2 thousand years ago, the Romans took with them cats to guard their food provisions, due that, as it is already known, the cat was used as an animal of company and to finish off rodents and other annoying creatures.

Without any doubts, in the 400 years of roman occupation of the North Western Europe and of the British Islands, some of these domestic animals mated with European mountain cats, as in all the western Europe, as wild domestic cats keep on doing it today.

It is believed that the tabby blotched pattern that the domestic cats without pedigree of today present as also do the short haired European cats, could have been originated from a mutation of the gene of the wild tiger like tabby.

From the mating of the roman domestic cats and the mountain cats came out a cat similar to that of today, although this last is slimmer and has longer legs that developed an ample gamut of colors.

The XIV Century writer Bartholomew Glanvil described cats of colors white, red and black, and some with speckles at the ends. There is no doubt, that the domestic cats and of farms were submitted to some kind of selective breeding: for example, when you observe that a cat is a good rodent hunter and that this is transmitted to its whelps, a lineage of hunters founded.

Maybe the calmness and the passivity of the European cat took the selective breeding to creating company animals.

In any case, they were isolated intents of the owners; at that epoch there didn’t exist any feline discipline in the standards of a race.

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