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A domestic shorthaired cat (DSH) is a term used to describe a shorthaired cat that does not have a pedigree or belong to a recognized cat breed. The domestic shorthair should not be confused with the American Shorthair or British Shorthair, which are Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognized breeds. [1]

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Domestic shorthaired cats are characterised by a wide range of colours and typically 'revert to type' after a few generations, which means they express their coats as a tabby cat. This can be any color or combination of colors. They also exhibit a wide range of physical characteristics and, as a result, domestic shorthaired cats in different countries tend to look different in body shape and size, as they are working from differing gene pools. DSH cats in Asia tend to have a build similar to a purebred Siamese or Tonkinese cat, while European and American varieties have a thicker, heavier build.


Domestic Shorthair cats have personalities as varied as their appearance. One Domestic Shorthair is not the same as the other.

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