Acquired: Bred cat myself,
Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 25, 2013
I have known and loved so many of the classic shorthair cats as pets; my family and my spouse's family have always kept several of these cats over the years. They have ranged from a pair of highly strung males to mellow calicos, to my first cat Bud and her litter of eight kittens!
Most of the American shorthairs I've known have been really good cats to interact with other animals. I will say they're not the smartest of the cat breeds, but they almost all have a bit of the classic cat independent streak, and very individual personalities. Most of them will respond very well to those they're well socialized to know, although they seem a more skittish type around strangers. The shorthairs I've known have been a little more apt to claw things, as well -- a little less smart about being trained away from it. All the same, otherwise they tend to be quite a low-maintenance breed, and a good choice for a 'starter' pet for many.