The american shorthair is a true breed of working cat. In the late 1950s american shorthair fanciers motivated by the popularity of the persian secretly began to mix persians into their american shorthair bloodlines to improve body type and to introduce the beautiful and favored silver persian color into the american.
The following codes incorporate the breed color and sex of a cat registered by cfa and used in the prefix section of a cats registration number.
American shorthair cat color patterns. The oriental was developed to explore all the possibilities of color and pattern. Locate cat breeders with british shorthair exotic shorthair munchkin ragdoll and siamese kittens for sale with possible cat colors chocolate lilac chocolate tortoiseshell lilac cream chocolate white bicolor lilac white bicolor chocolate tabby lilac tabby chocolate lynx point lilac lynx point chocolate tortie point lilac cream point chocolate smoke lilac smoke and more. A bicolor cat or piebald cat is a cat with white fur combined with fur of some other color for example black or tabbythere are various patterns of bicolor cat.
The exotic is something of an accidental breed. The original intent of the american shorthair breeders who got the ball rolling was to breed their cats to persians in an effort to bring in the silver color and green eyes of that breed. Cfa breedcolor designation charts.
The history of exotic shorthairs. Where there is low to medium grade white spotting limited to the face paws throat and chest of an. These range from turkish van pattern color on the crown of the head and the tail only through to solid color with a throat locket.
Like the siamese orientals have almond shaped eyes a triangular head shape large ears and an elongated slender and muscular body. Since its initial acceptance in cfa oriental breeders have maintained a constant pace to fulfill the breadth of this destiny. The american shorthair is the pedigreed version of the well known and beloved domestic shorthair.
The general effect is that of a strongly built well balanced symmetrical cat with conformation indicating power endurance and agility. The oriental shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the siameseit maintains the modern siamese head and body type but appears in a wide range of coat colors and patterns. This versatile cat can be bred for any number of colors and patterns including the popular silver tabby.
The cat pictured in this chart has a very high color contrast which shows his whorls clearly. The american shorthair cat breed. This pattern usually has whorls ending in a target on the side of the catmany american shorthair cats demonstrate this pattern.
This is by far the most common pattern so much so that some people think it should have received the title classic.