In 1901, the first short-haired cat was registered in the United States. The "American Shorthair" name became official in 1966, eventually giving these beautiful cats a place of honor within the cat fancy.
Consistently one of the 10 most popular cat breeds, American Shorthairs can live more than 15 years. They are strong, healthy cats with few genetic health problems. They are independent creatures with good hunting instincts, probably because of their original employment as working cats and mouse hunters. American Shorthairs are intelligent and good problem solvers, adept at removing any kind of obstacle that stands in the way of whatever it is they want to do. They are also very trainable and can learn many commands in a short amount of time.
American Shorthairs are alert and energetic cats, always ready to play. As opposed to the typical cat, many American Shorthairs like water and even enjoy playing in it. Because of their love of play and their moderate size, these cats tend to make great playmates for children. And even when playtime is over, American Shorthairs make wonderful family pets because of their calm, patient, happy dispositions.