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Domestic Shorthaired Cat - About:

Origin: Uknown
Colors: Any
Size: Any
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Various
Activity Level: Various
Attention Requirement: Various
Overall: Various

The Domestic Shorthaired Cat (DSH) is a term used to describe short haired cats that do not belong to recognized cat breeds. These cats should not be confused with the American Shorthair and British Shorthair; these two are CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) recognized breeds.

Physical characteristics

There is no common description of DSH cats. On the contrary, Domestic Shorthaired Cats come in a wide range of physical characteristics. As a result, DSH cats in different countries tend to look different because of different gene pools. For instance, DSH cats in Asia are likely to have a body type similar to a purebred Oriental Shorthair or Tonkinese cat, whereas European and American DSH cats tend to have a stockier and heavier build.


As well as in physical characteristics, there is no common description of the DSH cat temperament. It varies a lot from cat to cat. Some individuals can be pure lap cats, while the others are more aloof and wary.

Coat and grooming

DSH cats have a short coat easy to take care of. They come in all natural colours and patterns. Very often, however, DSH cats are tabby.


Naturally robust and healthy.