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American Shorthair versus British Shorthair.


What are the differences between the two cat breeds?


Formerly used to keep rodents and vermin away from food stores, the American Shorthair still enjoys exercising her hunting skills on unsuspecting insects. As a smart, moderately active feline, she enjoys learning tricks and challenging her intelligence with puzzles and interactive toys.

The British Shorthair is an easygoing feline. She enjoys affection but isn’t needy and dislikes being carried. She’ll follow you from room to room, though, out of curiosity. British Shorthairs aren’t lapped cats, but they do enjoy snuggling next to their people on the couch.

The American Shorthair weighs 7 to 12 pounds while British Shorthair's Males weigh 12 to 20 pounds, then females weigh 8 to 14 pounds.


The adaptable and goodnatured American Shorthair retains his hunting ability, but these days he is more likely to be a family companion, a job at which he excels. He has a middleoftheroad temperament, being calm but not comatose. The American Shorthair is moderately active and enjoys a good playtime as much as the next cat, but he’s not overly demanding of attention or activity.

As befits a workingclass cat who has made good, he is smart and enjoys playing with puzzle toys and interactive toys. He has a sociable nature and isn’t the type to hide under the bed when visitors arrive. This is a placid cat but one that doesn’t especially like being carried around. Let him stand on his own four feet. He may or may not be a lap cat, but he will always appreciate having a spot next to you on the sofa or at the end of the bed.

The British Shorthair is mellow and easygoing, making him an excellent family companion. He really enjoys affection. Expect him to follow you around the house during the day, settling nearby wherever you stop.

Full of British reserve, the British Shorthair has a quiet voice and is an undemanding companion. He doesn’t require a lap, although he loves to sit next to you. Being a big cat, he isn’t fond of being carried around.

British shorthair is a cat with a moderate activity level. He’s energetic during kittenhood but usually starts to settle down by the time he is a year old. More mature British Shorthairs are usually couch potatoes, but adult males occasionally behave like goofballs.

When they run through the house, they can sound like a herd of elephants. British Shorthairs are rarely destructive, their manners are those of a proper governess, not a soccer hooligan. They welcome guests confidently.



Both pedigreed cats and mixedbreed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. American Shorthairs and British Shorthairs are generally healthy, but be sure to ask a breeder about the incidence of health problems in their lines and what testing has been done for any that are genetic in nature.

The American Shorthair is a hearty and healthy breed. Some instances of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have been recorded, but it’s unknown if the condition is hereditary. Their flat face also makes the breed more susceptible to ocular and respiratory issues. They are genetically predisposed to mouth and gum disease and their laidback nature increase their risk of obesity. Reputable breeders test thoroughly to avoid breeding cats with genetic diseases.

British Shorthairs are susceptible to gingivitis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and hemophilia B. Obesity is another concern, as this cat loves to eat and leads a relatively sedentary lifestyle.


They must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle, and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in its diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain 'ideal body condition' in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.

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