|Purred: Sun Dec 21, '08 10:00am PST |
|A lot of cat owners, even on Catster, aren't very savvy about the different "Shorthair" breeds.
British, American, and the rare European Shorthair, are pedigree cats that came about as results of human-led breeding programs. All three have distinct conformation, and the only way to obtain them is from a breeder, a breed specific rescue or, uncommonly, from shelters.
Strays, rescues, and the vast majority of cats in shelters are mix-breeds, otherwise referred to as Domestics. Domestic Shorthair is used for shorthair cats, Domestic Mediumhair for mediumhaired cats (fur similar to an angora), and Domestic Longhair is for longhaired cats. So you would be a Domestic Shorthair.
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