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American Shorthair Cat Breed

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The American Shorthair cat is a hearty, robust cat that is the the descendant of cats taken to North America from Europe in the 16th century. (One could call them “Mayflower Cats”!) These sturdy cats were highly valued for their skill at keeping vermin populations down and flourished throughout North America despite extreme temperatures and other arduous conditions. American Shorthair cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, the most common being silver tabby with vivid black markings. The breed has an amiable, easy-going personality and adjusts well to both children and dogs. American Shorthair cats love plenty of exercise and outdoor activity and make excellent mousers, as well as loving pets.

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