While not officially considered a breed by the cat associations, the domestic short hair cat is the most common breed found in individual’s homes in the United States. The domestic short hair cat is often considered an ordinary everyday cat that is not bred for show but rather just for house cat purposes. Despite this, ninety-five percent of all cats in North America are domestic short hair cats.
History Of The Domestic Short Hair Cat
Today’s domestic short hairs are descendants of working cats that were brought to America on ships from England for keeping down the rat population. Cats that have no clear defined parentage are considered domestic short hairs.
Appearance Of The Domestic Short Hairs
The domestic short hair cat is perhaps best known for their diversity. They exhibit a plethora of personalities, styles and colors. This is possibly, what makes them so adored as house cats. The domestic short hair has almost eighty different types of color patterns that are recognized.
It is well known that domestic short hairs can be either calicos, tabbies or color cats. As a matter of fact the most prevalent domestic short hair cat is the black and white tuxedo cat. The looks of a domestic short hair cat generally depends on the your geographical location and other breeds found in the vicinity.
If you live in a colder location then you are likely to get a domestic short hair cat that has a stocky build with a dense coat. Cats that come from regions with warmer temperatures will often be thinner with lighter coats.
Domestic Short Hair Personality
The temperament of the domestic short hair cat is about as diverse as their coat colors. When you get a domestic short hair kitten, it is often very difficult to determine what their personality will be like as an adult. As adults they may turn either quiet or vocal type. They may hide under the bed most of the day or they may be tripping you up trying to get attention as you make your way around the house.
Purebred cats usually have a distinct personality and pattern, however domestic short hair cats have not been specifically bred hence it is difficult to judge its personality. Since domestic short hairs are randomly bred, you never know what you will get. Irrespective of the domestic short hair type you get they are generally social and friendly.
Taking Care Of Your Domestic Short Hair Cat
Most of the time domestic short hairs require little grooming, but it can vary depending on the length and texture of the individual cats coat. However, grooming is very important in all cats to help remove dead hair to prevent hairballs. It also has beneficial effect on blood circulation, muscles and skin, by virtue of the stimulation receive when grooming a cat.