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A domestic shorthaired cat (DSH) is a cat fancy 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.


Domestic shorthaired cats are characterised by a wide range of colouring 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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