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European Shorthair - Breed Profile:

Origin: Italy
Colors: Any
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Physical characteristics

The European Shorthair is a medium to large cat breed with a muscular body and broad chest. The strong legs are well-proportioned to the body, they are medium length. The paws are rounded. The tail is relatively long, thick at the base and tapering to a rounded tip. The head is large and rounded. It is less round, however, than in British Shorthair breed cats. The ears are medium size, their length equals their width at the base. The eyes are round, their colour fits the coat colour and can be yellow, orange, green, blue or amber. Sometimes, European Shorthair cats are odd-eyed (one eye is deep blue, the other one is amber).


European Shorthair cats can have very different temperaments. Some are quiet and placid while others are very energetic and playful. Some are extremely affectionate and people-oriented while others prefer to spend a lot of time outdoors mousing. This great range of characters is a result of their ancestry, which included cats of many different temperaments. There is one trait, however, that almost all cats of this breed have: European Shorthairs are friendly. They tend to get on well with other pets and children.

Coat and grooming

The coat of European Shorthair cats is short and very easy to take care of. Grooming once a week should be enough to keep it in a good state.
European Shorthairs come in all natural colours including black, red, blue and cream, with our without tabby or white markings. Tortoiseshell colourations are also possible.


Naturally robust cats with no known breed-specific health issues.