What is a Domestic Shorthair?
When a new customer calls to board their kitty here at Rock The Cat Spa, we ask a number of questions to ensure a good fit for both the customer and for us. One of those questions is about the breed of their cat, but I can’t tell you how many times a customer says, ”Ummm, he/she’s a generic cat?” I immediately know that they have a Domestic Shorthair (DSH for short) or American Shorthair. (More on the American shorthair later on). Let’s learn more about this very common house cat!
A Range of Personality
With dogs, we hear the term “mutt,” and this could really be used for a Domestic Shorthair, because these cats don’t belong to one specific breed. Like a “mutt”, they are a mix of many different breeds. Because of this breed mix, their personalities, growth, coat, and medical needs can vary widely. It is always best to get to know your potential kitty before adopting one, but even more important with these variations in DSH. We have seen the entire spectrum of personality traits in Shorthairs: they can be timid and shy, friendly and playful, or aggressive and intimidating. Take these possibilities into consideration when adopting your DSH into a home with any children, older family members, or other pets. While they’re a wonderful breed, and we love having them, make sure you pick a personality that is right for your needs.
Short Fur Coats
Domestic Shorthairs have a wide variety of eye colors and coat colors, but in any color or pattern, their short, soft coats are low maintenance, and they require very little grooming. This breed is a great option for owners who don’t have time to brush their furry friend every day. If you can manage a quick brushing a couple of times a week, a DSH is perfect. Since the short coat is easy to handle, they don’t shed a lot, however all cats have dander, which can contribute to allergies.
Happy, Healthy Cats
Domestic Shorthairs typically have a smaller frame, and weight between 6-12 lbs on average. Of course, as with any cat, they can overeat and become overweight easily. While extra weight can cause health issues, Domestic Shorthairs can be a very healthy, and long lived cat. Some live up to 20 years! These kitties will bring you years of happiness and fun memories, so consider adopting one if you are looking for a good, short haired cat!
(Today's photo features our bright-eyed friend Honey Bee!)
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