Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 12, 2014
I've owned two American Shorthairs - both with beautiful black coats, one male, one female. The female tended to be a bit more temperamental in as far as who she got along with. Both cats were very easy maintenance, but did require the occasional treatment for excess dandruff, especially during the dryer summer months.
Overall, I've found that American Shorthairs are particularly wonderful companions for the single person or an adult couple with no young children. That's not to say that all Shorthairs are this way, but the two I've owned were definitely on the more reserved and laid back side. The male, Harley, was a bit more playful and inherently knew how to fetch. Zena, the female, was more of the 'lay around' type.
Wonderful breed, not prone to much in the way of diseases, easy to take care of, not overtly mischievous - I would recommend this breed to anyone, honestly.