They’re absolutely everywhere.
Chances are, if you’ve met a handful of cats, you’ve met a Domestic Shorthair. Up to 95% of cats in the U.S. are labeled “Domestic Shorthair.” They are a blended breed, basically the equivalent of a mixed breed cat.
Domestic Shorthairs should not be mistaken for American or British Shorthairs—which are their own breeds. Domestic Shorthairs came to the United States in the 1600s on the Mayflower and have become one of North America’s most popular cats ever since.
They come in every size, shape, and color.
Mixed breed cats come in every size, shape, and color. Tuxedo, tabby, tortoiseshell, and calico are just a few coat types. More rare colors are smokes, blues, silvers, or unblemished, clear coats. They can be a variety of sizes and shapes, but they generally have a rounded face, broad chest, and short coat, which makes grooming minimal. They are relatively healthy—though they can be good at hiding illness.
They’re social cats.
Domestic Shorthairs have a variety of personalities—playful, affectionate, quiet, vocal, docile, or calm— but are often social. These cats can be very intelligent and they are typically compatible with children and other pets in the household.
They have great names.
When it comes to cat names, Domestic Shorthairs take the cake. Trupanion has seen everything from Purrcival to Purrsephone and Remington McMeowsworth to Mrs. Meowington.
They make wonderful family pets.
Due to the wide variety of looks and personalities, it isn’t difficult to find a Domestic Shorthair that will fit in well with your family. They are great cats for first-time cat owners.
If you’re looking for a Domestic Shorthair of your own—visit your local rescue or animal shelter! They have plenty of loving cats that need a forever home.