The European Shorthair or Celtic Shorthair has developed naturally without special or engineered breeding; the Celtic nomenclature comes into picture as this cat is predominantly found in those regions of Europe which have come in contact with the Celts.
European Shorthair is ennobled representation of all common European cats. It is widely available in large parts of Europe. Its strain was consolidated by specifically crossing un-pedigreed yet attractive domestic cats to develop the genetic pool for the European Shorthair; outcrossing with any breed is acceptable. International Feline Federation recognised this breed in 1982, however the breed is not recognised by any of the US based cat clubs.
This strong and active cat is as a rule very friendly. However its character is impossible to summarise because of its mixed hereditary, and every individual cat may behave differently. The European Shorthair is very active and playful, and prefers to play games, especially chasing mice. They gel well with other cats, and can get along with other pets as well. These cats are suitable for households with slightly older children.
- Activity level: 2.5/5 (Moderately active)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (quite intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (quite curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (quite friendly)
- Vocal: 3/5 (quite vocal)
The European Shorthair is a muscular breed, medium to large in size with a longish body type. It has strong legs of medium length and round paws. The tail has a thick base and tapers at the point.
- Fur: The fur is soft and glossy and lies flat most of the time. All natural colours are permitted; the fur comes mostly in black, cream, and red with tabby or white markings, whereas pure white is also acceptable.
- Eyes: Colour of the eye depends upon the coat colour and is round in shape.
- Body structure: With a well-muscled chest, European shorthair could be medium sized to large cat. It also has a tail which tapers to a rounded tip and rounded paws.
- Facial features: Well developed jowls and a large rounded head is accompanied by moderately long nose. Moderately long and muscular neck and medium sized ears may be tufted.
- Weight: A female weighs 8lbs to 13lbs whereas a male weighs as much as 11lbs to 15lbs.
Cats being clean creatures, the European Shorthair is easily maintained; a regular weekly brushing is adequate to remove dead hair and groom its coat. Its life expectancy depends upon its lifestyle – an outdoor cat can be expected to live 5 to 12 years, whereas indoor cats may live up to 22 years or more.
They rarely get sick and are completely uncomplicated creatures. Weekly attention to eats nails and teeth and monthly taking care for ears is quite enough. The European Shorthair may be affected by feline lower urinary tract disease, tapeworms, and vomiting. Tapeworms can be diagnosed through stool analysis, whereas urinalysis, blood work, urine culture and x-rays can be used to diagnose FLUTD.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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