whats the difference between a dsh and a dmh? and can litter mates be each a dsh and a dmh?

Asked by Member 751251 on Jan 2nd 2009 in Domestic Shorthair
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Well, in this link you got a photo of a DSH:

And this is medium haired:

You can also check the catster breed profiles to find out more about them.
As you can see, DMH cats have longer hairs on the head and in the ears, and they also have fluffy tail. They are just something between DSH and DLH, simply said. :)

Sergei answered on 1/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


A dsh is easy to identify. Just think of the tabby who lives down the street. However, when you get into dmh and dlh, the boundaries get blurred. Personally, I think the dmh picture in the link (which looks like a Maine Coon mix) is actually long-haired. It certainly has longer fur than many Maine Coons, which are classfied as long-haired cats. In fact, I can't imagine what a long-haired cat would look like according to that artist. In other words, it's very difficult to determine the dividing line between a dmh and a dlh. As for a dmh--cat registries like the CFA divide breeds into short- and long-haired, period, and I'm always a bit confused as to what a dmh would look like. My own Maine Coons have fur on the short side--if they were moggies, they'd be dmhs. As for littermates having different length fur--yes! Even purebreds with the same father can have different lengths of fur, and cats from the same litter can have different fathers, and thus have different fur types.

Harvey answered on 1/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Sassy (2001-2012)

DSH is domestic short hair, DMH is domestic medium hair and DLH is domestic long hair. They are all mixed breed (moggies) and its just the fur lenghth that is different. They can be all different shapes and colours and litter mates can be a mix of long and short haired kittens. Sassy is a DSH and had 2 DSH and 2 DLH (domestic long hair) kittens in her litter. She's got a picture with her kittens on her page if you want to look.

Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 1/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer