European Shorthair Cats

European Shorthairs come in many different temperaments. Some are quiet and laid back while others are active and playful. This is the result of the European Shorthairs ancestry, which included cats of many different dispositions.

European Shorthair

European Shorthair Pictures

  • European Shorthair cat named pissas
  • European Shorthair cat named griniaris
  • European Shorthair cat named lampis
  • European Shorthair cat named zilito
  • European Shorthair cat named Kyona
  • European Shorthair cat named Bianca
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Ideal Human Companions

    • Multi-pet households
    • First-time cat owners
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Short, sleek coat
    • Good hunters
    • Varied temperaments
    • Varied colors

What They Are Like to Live With

Their coats are easy to manage, and only need to be brushed about once a week.

Things You Should Know

European Shorthairs are rare in the United States and can be hard to come by.

It’s difficult if not impossible to predict the temperament of a European Shorthair. Each cat must be judged individually.

European Shorthair History

The European Shorthair goes back to cats that lived in Rome during the time of the Emperors. As the Romans spread their culture throughout Europe, these cats went with them.

Modern breeders in Sweden began deliberately crossing attractive yet unpedigreed cats in an attempt to create a breed that harkened back to early Roman origins. The result was the European Shorthair.

The European Shorthair is not recognized by any of the U.S. cat clubs, but is accepted by the Federation International Feline (FIFe). It is very popular in Finland.

The Look of a European Shorthair

European Shorthairs have a strong, muscular build but is not cobby. They have short, sleek hair and are large or medium-large in size.

FIFe recognizes European Shorthairs in a variety of colors and patterns. They are often seen in different tabby patterns, as well as tortoiseshell and solid colorations. Their eyes can be deep blue, amber, odd eyed (one eye deep blue, the other one amber), or green.

Talk About European Shorthairs 

The best pet to have

The thing I love most about this breed is their big personality. I love living with them. If I lie on the couch, my cat tries to jump on the couch. He always wants to be with me. I would recommend this breed if you've already had a cat before. Mine loves to be around pets and is athletic. He's also great around toddlers and children.

~Dania R., owner of one European Shorthair