Domestic Medium Hair

 
  • Height: 9-14 inches
  • Weight: 11-22 pounds
  • Lifespan: 15-17 years
  • Physique: Muscular, medium-sized
  • Best Suited For: First-time cat owners, any cat loving family, families with children and other pets, cat owners who are willing to regularly groom their pets
  • Temperament: Active, playful, energetic, docile
  • Comparable Breeds: Domestic Shorthair, Domestic Longhair

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The Domestic Medium Hair is not a single, recognized breed. Rather, these cats are affectionately referred to as mutts because they are mixed breed felines that can have the looks and characteristics of a combination of different breeds. And because these cats are commonly found in shelters and feral colonies throughout the world today, they are one of the most popular and beloved breeds.

These cats first arrived in America with the Pilgrims, who decided to bring them along on their ships in order to help control the rodent population. Many generations of mixed breeding amongst these felines created the Domestic Medium Hairs that are found in cat loving homes around the world.

The main difference between the Domestic Medium Hair, the Domestic Longhair, and the Domestic Shorthair is the fact that the Medium Hair has a medium-coat gene that produces its rarer, distinctive fur.

The Domestic Medium Hair Cat has a medium-coat gene that produces its rarer, distinctive fur.

Domestic Medium Hair cats are referred to as mutts because they are mixed breed felines.

Like Domestic Longhairs and Domestic Shorthairs, Domestic Medium Hairs have a diverse gene pool and can consist of a variety of different breeds mixed into one cat. Therefore, their temperaments and personalities range widely from super affectionate to independent, and really talkative or active to very quiet, laidback, and docile.

On a whole, though, you can expect Domestic Medium Hairs to make great pets, and they will fit in well in any cat loving family. Many will get along wonderfully with children and other pets, including other cats.

You should expect that Domestic Medium Hairs will be playful and rambunctious kittens, but they tend to mellow out with age. Properly socialized when they are young, Domestic Medium Hairs will make great lifelong companions.

Again, like Domestic Shorthairs and Domestic Longhairs, Domestic Medium Hairs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and facial expressions, depending upon the breeds that make up their ancestry. For example, some cats may be lean and long, while others may be short and stocky. Generally, though, females tend to be smaller than males.

The main feature that all Domestic Medium Hairs have in common is their luxuriously soft and beautiful double coat. Also, these cats are not as common as their Domestic Shorthair counterparts.

Because Domestic Medium Hairs feature a thick, double coat, they require regular grooming sessions that will help prevent mats and hairballs.The Domestic Medium Hair comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, as well as eye colors. Some of the most common patterns include tabby, tortie, patched tabby, solid, and smoke.

Because Domestic Medium Hairs feature a thick, double coat, they require regular grooming sessions that will help prevent mats and hairballs by removing loose fur and keeping the skin and coat healthy, soft, and smooth. A weekly brushing is highly recommended, though owners can opt to groom their cats more often, if necessary.

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Comparable Breeds

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Domestic Shorthair

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-16 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Physique: Muscular, medium-sized body
  • Best Suited For: Any cat loving family, families with children and other pets, singles, first-time cat owners
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, friendly, loving
  • Comparable Breeds: Domestic Medium Hair, Domestic Longhair
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Domestic Longhair

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-22 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-18 years
  • Physique: Strong, elegant body
  • Best Suited For: First-time cat owners, families with children and other pets, pet owners willing to groom their cats regularly
  • Temperament: Playful, docile, friendly, loving
  • Comparable Breeds: Domestic Shorthair, Domestic Medium Hair