American shorthairs are the descendants of cats that came with European settlers to North America. These working cats, known for their rodent-catching skills on ships, were highly valued by their pioneer owners. Even the Mayflower had cats aboard on its journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Once on land, the felines earned respect as diligent farm cats. Soon they established themselves as the "native" cat of North America, and the American shorthair lineage was born.
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