Breed Guide: American Shorthair

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An American ShorthairDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the American Shorthair

Weight:  females 8-12lb, males 11-15lb

Points of conformation: One of the larger breeds with sturdy muscling and bones. Broad face with prominent cheeks.

Coat: Dense crisp hair coat

Color: Silver tabby is the most common, but there are many accepted colors and patterns.

Grooming needs: Moderate, light brushing twice weekly is usually sufficient.

Origin: Likely descendents of the British Shorthair.

Behavior Traits: Easy-going temperament.

Is an American Shorthair cat right for You?

Originally bred for rodent control, this breed of cat is hardy and can tolerate and indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  They tend to be even tempered and are typically good with children and dogs.  The American shorthair is adaptable and playful, but also independent and doesn’t demand attention.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the American Curl

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Skin Allergies $355 $1,849
Cancer $2,199 $9,312
Renal Failure $1,419 $9,208
Hyperthyroidis, $662 $2,721
Oral Resorptive Lesions $651 $1,751


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