10 Shorthair Cat Breeds

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The Abyssinian is known for its regal looks and slender, long-legged physique. It resembles the ancient Egyptian holy cat.

American Shorthair

American Shorthairs have large, muscular bodies that are covered in dense, thick fur. They are tough felines and natural hunters.

American Wirehair

This cat, which is uncommon outside of the United States, is between medium and large in size and has a curly coat.


A mix between the Asian leopard cat and the American Shorthair tabby, the Bengal has a spotted coat and shorter rear legs than its forelegs.

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is the oldest English breed of natural origin. There are numerous species, each of which has a large body, short legs, and a short, thick tail.


Burmese, a medium-sized breed with a thick, lustrous coat. It is said that the ancestor of the Burmese was a cat named Wong Mau.


The Chartreux is among the earliest naturally occurring cat breeds. The breed originated in France during the early 18th century.

Cornish Rex

Due to the similar texture of their coats, the Cornish Rex cat, which originated in Cornwall, England, was named after a breed of European rabbit called the Rex rabbit.

Devon Rex

The Devon Rex, sometimes known as the "poodle cat," has a somewhat coarser coat than the Cornish Rex and a pixie-like face.

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is strikingly similar to the cats pictured in ancient Egyptian artwork. It possesses an elegant body with prominent spots and a banded tail.

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