Shorthair cat breeds are less challenging to take care of. They have low grooming needs.
Generally, cats are divided into two, which are shorthair cat breeds and long hair cat breeds. Bonnie Bragdon, one of the founders of the IVPA (International Veterinary Practitioner Association) explains that veterinarians classify cats from unknown breeds according to their hair.
Shorthair cat means less shedding and less grooming.
Short Hair Cat Breeds
1. Russian Blue Cat
The Russian Blue Cat is a very alluring and attractive cat that makes a great companion. This breed was shipped to the US in the 1990s from Russia. Over the years breeders have bred this cat to become one of the most popular breeds of felines in the world today.
The Russian Blue is a muscular and active feline friend. It has a double coat with silver tipping. An interesting fact about this breed is that it is known to bring Goodluck.
2. Ocicat: Ocicats were created ‘accidentally’ by Virginia Daly when a friend dared her to create an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese. They are a combination of Siamese cats, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair cats. This cat was created to look like an Ocelot (a wild cat). Which of course brought about its name Ocicat. It was created to look like a wild-domestic type of cat. It is very clingy, fun to be with and vocal.
Ocicats can live up to 15-18 years. They weigh about 12 to 15 pounds and are about 9 to 11 inches tall.
3. Burmilla: The Burmilla cat was created in 1981 by mating a Burmese cat and a Chinchilla cat. This cat is known for its silver coat and bright green eyes. These cats are sociable, intelligent, playful, affectionate, and active. They can leave for about 7 to 12 years. They are about 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh about 6 to 13 pounds.
Burmillas do not require much grooming and any special nutritional needs. They can also adapt to new surroundings and get along with other pets.
4. Munchkin cat: Munchkin cats, although short-limbed, are very intelligent and have special personalities. They live for about 12 to 15 years. They can stand over 5 to 7 inches tall and weigh about 6 to 9 pounds.
These cats are very friendly, cute, exploratory, and are great hunters. They are also fond of taking objects that catch their fancy like pieces of jewelry and keeping them safe for play later. They are also muscular but easy to handle and take care of.
5. Havana Brown: this breed of cat was created by mating a black short haired Persian cat and a Siamese in the 1970s. These cats are independent and can do pretty well on their own without much attention.
Havana Brown cat has a somewhat triangular head, bright green eyes, short and silky coat, and pretty large ears.
This breed can live up to 10 to 15 years. They are about 9-11 inches tall and weigh about 6-10 pounds.
6. Manx: this cat breeds have short front legs and longer hind legs. They are mostly tailless while some have stumps or nubs. Those with stumps are fondly called ‘stumpies’ while the tailless once are called ‘rumpies’.
The Manx cat is heavily built and looks a bit fat. They have round heads, round bright eyes, broad chests, and a somewhat stout body.
Manx cats are very intelligent (they can open doors using their paws), playful, affectionate and they love having a companion.
They live for about 8-14 years. They are about 7-11 inches tall and weigh 8-12 pounds.
7. Bombay Cat: This breed of cat was created by mating a Burmese and an American shorthair. It was created by Nicki Horney, a breeder from Kentucky in the 1950s. The Bombay cat is known for its very deep black coat color.
The name of this cat was curled from a city’s name in India. This cat is exploratory, social, very friendly, clingy, and can easily adapt to new places.
This cat lives for about 9-13 years. They weigh about 8-12 pounds and stand at 9-13 inches tall. The Bombay cat hates to be left lonely and will appreciate the presence of other pets.
8. British Shorthair: The British shorthair is one of the oldest breeds of cat. They possess a dense short coat with pretty chubby cheeks.
This cat is loyal, adaptable, quiet, easy-going, and affectionate. They can live for about 10-12 years. They are about 12-14 inches tall and weigh about 7-12 pounds.
9. Cornish Rex: this cat breed is medium in size, they will suit small homes best. This cat has great energy and endurance. They are active, energetic, highly social, playful, and affectionate.
Their life expectancy is 9-13 years. They weigh about 8-10 pounds and are about 8-12 inches tall.
10. Sphynx: The Sphynx cat is a skillful, friendly, exploratory, intelligent, and funny cat. They have triangular ears like a Bat, triangular head, and large cheekbones.
This breed barely has hairs and you can even see their skin. They live up to 8-14 years. They are about 10 inches tall and weigh 12 pounds.
11. Abyssinian: this cat breed was shipped from Britain to America in the 1900s. Abyssinians are athletic cats and can do a few tricks like climbing a tree. Abyssinian cats have well-defined muscles, bright green or golden eyes, triangular heads, and a long body.
This cat is very social, intelligent, friendly, and affectionate. They can live for about 9-13 years. They weigh about 8-12 pounds and stand at 8-10 inches tall.
12. Singapura: Singapura is one of the smallest domestic cats in the world. They weigh about 4-8 pounds! Although very small this cat breed has a very interesting personality. They have large bright eyes, a slim frame, and large cute ears.
Singapuras are lively, social, very intelligent, friendly, and affectionate.
Short Hair Cats vs Long Hair Cat
Even though these two types of cats have different hair sizes, they are still very much alike with just slight differences. There are no differences in their personality, temperament, and attitude that distinguish short hair cats from their long hair counterparts.
However, there is some difference in their physique and coat.
Long hair cats are generally more soft and fluffy due to their usually long coat, while short hair cats are not as fluffy as long hair cats.
Long hair cats require more grooming than short hair cats. Short hair cats may be brushed at intervals while long-haired cats need daily brushing.
Long hair cats are likely to cause an allergic reaction in humans that have Dander allergies because of their frequent shedding.
Long hair cats shed more frequently than short hair cats.
Long hair felines are high maintenance cats and grooming may become a chore for owners. On the other hand, short hair felines are low-maintenance cats and require minimum grooming.
Long hair cats are also more costly to buy and rare to come across than their short hair counterparts.
Short hair cats are a joy to have in our homes. They are easy to take care of and are very great companions. More importantly, they don’t shed much which is good news for people with allergies.