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Breed Highlighting: The Domestic Short Hair

Westbury Animal Hospital - Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Little Nugget is our representative of the Domestic Short Hair. Found as a stray, she is the pure model of everything that makes up a domestic breed, whether it has long, medium or short hair. Even though the DSH is not necessarily a registered breed, they encompass the vast majority of cats that we see on a daily basis. 
  • The DSH is of mixed ancestry through mixed breeding over time. Perhaps they are the "American" of the cat world?
  • Do not confuse a Domestic Shorthair with an American Shorthair or British Shorthair, both of which are recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) breeds.
  • A pedigreed cat will produce a litter of kittens with the same features, coat quality and temperament. With the domestic breeds, kittens of the same litter can look and act different.
  • DSH's account for 95% of the domestic cat population in North America
  • These cats make an ideal family pet and pets for the first-time cat owners. Their low maintenance and friendly attitude make them ideal first pets for children. 
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