American Shorthair - ASH
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The American Shorthair breed originated from cats following settlers from Europe to North America. The general effect should be that of a strongly built, well balanced, symmetrical cat with conformation indicating power, endurance, and agility.
Top of head
The broad head gives a rounded impression, but it is slightly longer than broad. Top of head is rounded in profile, but not domed.
Muzzle and chin
The nose is of medium length and broad. The muzzle is massive, with square contours and clearly defined with a slight whisker break. The chin is full and strong.
The profile is clearly curved, with a moderate stop.
Large and wide with upper lid shaped like half an almond (cut lengthwise) and lower lid shaped in a fully rounded curve. At least width of one eye between eyes. Outer corners set very slightly higher than inner corners.
The ears are medium sized with slightly rounded tips, which may have tufts. They are wide set but not very open at base.
Size and boning
Medium to large in size with quite heavy boning. Females can be proportionately smaller.
Rectangular format. The rib cage is round and well developed. The torso is rounded and of even width, back level.
Medium short, muscular and solid.
Legs and paws
Medium length, solid muscles, firm rounded paws.
The tail is of medium length in proportion to body; it tapers slightly from a broad base to a rounded tip.
Dense, firm and glossy, close lying with sufficient undercoat.
The colours not belonging to the original gene pool (chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, , colourpoint, sepia and mink colours as well as their combinations with white) are not recognized. All other colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
See General part
Special breed faults
Low, flat forehead.
White buttons or lockets.
While the breed is considered medium to large in size, balance and proportion are to be considered of greater consequence. No part of the cat should look out of balance with any other part.
Outcross with other breeds