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European Shorthair

European Shorthair Cat Profile

Weight 8.8-15.4 lb (4-7 kg)
Origin Europa
Color All colors; multi-colored
Fur Short
Lifespan Up to 20 years
Personality Loves learning, friendly, playful, adaptable
Active Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Vocal Cat Vocal
Sheds Cat Sheds

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Breed Characteristics

The European Shorthair is a loving, faithful and affectionate domestic cat. They are very playful and, because they’re so clever, they also like challenging games and toys that make them exercise their brains to get food.

The European Shorthair also needs its space. They might not like being indoor cats as they love stalking through the grass outside. A balcony would let them feel the wind in their fur but wouldn’t give them the freedom they need to make them happy. You should consider this before getting one!

The European Shorthair stands out because it’s one thing above all, and this might sound boring at first: it’s the perfect medium. Their bodies are as well-balanced as their characters. But you won’t find anything exotic here. What’s so exciting and amazing about that? It’s simple: other cat breeds might look unusual but can be exhausting.

European Shorthair European Shorthair - Photo: Evdoha_spb Holstova/Shutterstock

The Persian, for example, needs a lot of grooming. The European Shorthair doesn’t - they thoroughly and frequently clean their own coats. The Bengal, Siamese and Abyssinian are very active and need lots of attention. The European Shorthair is much less complicated: they love playing outside and occupying themselves.

While many other cat breeds (e.g. Maine Coon, Persian, Scottish Fold and Ragdoll) often suffer from illness, the European Shorthair is known for is good health. You won’t find a more robust cat.

The European Shorthair is also very adaptable. Unlike the Russian Blue, which needs a daily routine and always wants its food at a certain time.

European Shorthair European Shorthair - Photo: Zanna Holstova/Shutterstock

Appearance

The European Shorthair has a short, dense coat. They come in various colors and combinations with/without white and/or with different coat patterns. They are muscular and medium-sized.

History

The European Shorthair used to help people by hunting mice and stems from the normal house cat. That’s why it’s only been considered a separate breed since 1982.

Did You Know?

The “counterparts” to the European Shorthair are the British Shorthair (Persian Chartreux cross), Exotic Shorthair (Persian and American Shorthair cross) and the American Shorthair.

European Shorthair European Shorthair - Photo: marivlada/Shutterstock

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