The ancestry of the American shorthair may be traced back to the founding of the United States. The fact that several of this species boarded the Mayflower is how they became famous.
Cats with experience as mousers are said to have been transported on the transatlantic trip by pilgrims. After arriving in America, the breed's progenitors kept hunting rodents,
This American cat breed received its name from its distinctive, backward-curling ears. The unusual appearance of these cats' ears is the consequence of a genetic abnormality. Selective breeding for the mutation was initiated soon after its discovery in cats in the early 1980s.
This mutation in the gene is dominant, therefore it only takes one carrier parent for the characteristic to be manifested in offspring.
In the 1970s, the Bengal cat was created in the United States. The first cats of this breed originated from a successful cross between a domestic cat and an African leopard cat.
Early participants in the breeding scheme were the Abyssinian, American shorthair, and Egyptian Mau. Even while third-generation Bengals have the temperament of a house cat, their remarkable spotting and marbling are reminiscent of a leopard.
The exotic shorthair resembles a freshly groomed Persian cat. This American breed was created to mimic the Persian short-coated, round-faced appearance. The "lazy man's Persian" is a kind of cat that looks and acts like a Persian and is judged according to the same criteria.
The Maine coon's huge stature and placid demeanor have earned it the nickname "gentle giant" among feline species. This American cat breed may trace its current roots back to Maine.