Breed review: Domestic shorthair cat

Posted by Trixie. August 20th 2015.


There may be an estimated 600 million of these cats around the world, but very little is actually known about the Domestic Shorthair or its ancestry.

Believed to have been taken to America by the pilgrims, who wanted to control the number of rodents on their Mayflower ship, these cats remain skilled hunters to this day.

And because they share a bloodline with thousands of domestic cats and boast a far larger gene pool, which may go back centuries, it is thought they may be healthier and of a higher intelligence than pedigrees or purebreds.

However, as a cat of unknown and mixed origins, it is more popularly known as the moggy and comes in all shapes, sizes and colours.


A Domestic Shorthair cat


Friendly and outgoing, these cats are not very vocal, but they are loving and caring in nature.

Boasting a mild mannered temperament, the Domestic Shorthair is an ideal family pet or perfect for someone wanting a loyal companion. The fact they are clean and very affectionate is an added bonus.

Take care when holding them as kittens, though, because they can easily wriggle free and their love of exploring means they sometimes get themselves into very tight spaces around your home.


Although they fill out and grow to full size and weight between 6 and 12 months, they actually reach maturity at the age of 3 or 4.

Whilst most weigh between 4kg to 6kg, males are often larger than females but both sexes are well proportioned.

Known to come in a wide range of coat colours, one of the most common patterns is the tuxedo or black and white coat. The tabby (striped and all different patterns) and the tortoiseshell (tri-colour) are also very popular.

A Tabby cat, which is also known as a Domestic Shorthair


With a lifespan which ranges from around 10 to 15 years, the Domestic Shorthair is generally free from historic problems, diseases or genetic disorders.

The fact they haven’t been bred by humans means they are a great testament to what cats should look and behave like, an ideal family pet which is very low maintenance.

As with all cats, these lovable moggys may live for longer if you neuter or spay them and feed them a healthy and balanced diet.

Groom at least once a week to remove any loose hairs and trim their claws regularly to keep them looking at their best.

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