American Shorthair Cat Behavior/Personality/feeding
American shorthair has a History of approximately 400 years. They
arrived in America with the Europeans. Evidence indicates that several
cats may have sailed over from England aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
These cats were brought along to hunt rats that ate the ship's food
supplies and were first prized for their hunting abilities.
With the import of foreign breeds in the early 1900s the original
American Short hair bloodlines became diluted. A group of breeders
began a selective breeding program to preserve the natural beauty,
mild temperament, and hardiness of the American Shorthair.