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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One of the most popular cat breeds in the world is the Domestic Shorthair, which is also commonly referred to as DSH. But this is not a single recognized breed. Rather, a Domestic Shorthair cat is one that has a mixed ancestry.

It is believed that the Domestic Shorthair was domesticated in ancient Egypt, around 2000 BC. But the breed did not make its way to America until the Pilgrims took some of these cats on the Mayflower for purposes of rodent control.

One of the most popular cat breeds in the world is the Domestic Shorthair, which is also commonly referred to as DSH.

The DSH is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. The Domestic Shorthair has a strong hunting instinct and will gladly spend a few hours every day tracking down prey, even if it has been well fed and does not need to hunt in order to eat and survive.

This breed’s personality varies widely from one cat to the other. Again, this is the result of the fact that it is actually a mixed breed with various genes that can affect not only the cat’s appearance, but also its temperament. So while some cats may be quiet and shy, others are more outgoing, inquisitive, and talkative. Some have more energy, while others can be more laidback. Ultimately, though, a well-socialized kitten will grow up to be a great lifelong companion in any cat loving family.

These cats also enjoy eating, and are actually prone to obesity because they tend to overeat. Therefore, keeping an eye on your Domestic Shorthair cat’s weight and meal portions is important.

domestic-shorthair-1Because of their mixed ancestry, Domestic Shorthairs come in a wide range of colors and patterns. In terms of size, males are generally larger than females, but they all typically feature round heads, medium length tails, and round paws.

These cats have well-proportioned bodies and, even though they can come in a wide range of sizes, they are generally medium, or average, in terms of height and weight.

The Domestic Shorthair comes in every color and pattern, including a variety of beautiful eye colors that include blue, green, and gold. Some may even have odd eyes, or one eye that is blue and another that is green, as an example.

Domestic Shorthair colors range from white and black, to ginger, gray, and more. And patterns include tabby, patched tabby, tortie, solid, calico, and smoke.

Because the Domestic Shorthair is a cat that has a short length coat, a simple weekly brushing is a great way to maintain the health and softness of the skin and fur. These cats will thoroughly groom themselves, so you don’t need to worry about bathing them. Also, unlike longhaired breeds, you don’t need to worry about the fur getting matted or tangled. These features make it an ideal cat for busy families who don’t have too much time to spend grooming their cats but do enjoy brushing their pets regularly to help remove loose hair and reduce shedding.

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Comparable Breeds

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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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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