16 short hair cat breeds

Short-haired cats are extremely popular among pet owners. Why? Because with a short-haired feline you do a lot less vacuuming and cats like this require less grooming. Shorthair cat breeds are pleasant to care for and the variety of colors and sizes is amazing!

Here are the most adorable shorthair cat breeds from all around the world.

Short-haired cats: 16 most adorable breeds

1.Bombay cat

The Bombay cat appeared in the mid-20th century in the U.S. in an attempt to create a home black panther. And the attempt was successful! These cats have short all-black fur, black mouth, and nose, and their eyes are either green or copper. This breed is muscular and medium-build weighing from 8 to 15 lb.

Bombays are characterized as brave and social, craving for attention. This makes them suitable for living with children. They are also playful – and very vocal! Owners claim that they make various sounds much more often than other breeds.

Another cool feature of Bombay is that it won’t shed as much as most other shorthair cats. Thus, they need little grooming, which makes them a perfect choice for a big family who don’t have much time to spend on cleaning and vacuuming.

2. Oriental cat

The Oriental cat, or Oriental Shorthair, as it’s known officially, is a close relative of a Siamese cat. It has a distinctive appearance: a triangular head, large ears, a muscular and slender body. The breed features over 300 various coat patterns and colors, most popular being solid, spotted tabby, and bicolor.

Orientals love talking to their humans, and they enjoy playing fetch, just like dogs do. This medium-size cat will love climbing and leaping into high spots, so think about installing a high pet tree for it. Even at adult age, it will still be active and curious, highly human-oriented, and ready to play.

3. American Shorthair Cat

Round-faced and short-eared, this large cat is described as a low-maintenance breed. American Shorthairs can boast over 80 patterns and colors from white to black and brown. Male cats are much larger than females and can weigh up to 15 lb. Their short thick coat is dense to protect the cat from moisture and injuries, and it doesn’t need much grooming. 

Many consider this all-American breed to be the perfect medium in everything: neither lazy nor hyperactive, neither over-attached nor distant. They are equally happy to play with humans and paper balls, and their hunting instinct is well-developed. So the owners often get presents, be that a chew toy or a mouse.

4. British Shorthair Cat

One of the most easily recognized breeds in the whole world, the British Shorthair cat is more than the typical British Blue variant. Its dense coat can be lilac, chocolate, white, red, tabby, colorpoint, or bicolor. A typical British Shorthair has strong legs, a broad chest, and a large round head. The eyes are also big and round, coming in a variety of colors.

These shorthair cats are quite social and devoted, but not as playful as other breeds. Still, they are safe with children and other pets as long as you don’t try to pick them up. I have a British Shorthair, and trying to lift her is taboo as she obviously hates it. 

5. Exotic Shorthair Cat 

Lovers of Persian cats who aren’t ready for constant grooming will find Exotics a fair substitute: the only significant difference from a gorgeous Persian is the length of fur. Except for that, these cats meet all the standards for the breed. They have massive heads with full cheeks and short muzzles, small ears, large open eyes, and medium cobby body.

The Exotic’s fur is considered short, but it’s slightly longer than of a typical short-haired cat. Still, they are able to keep it tidy on their own, unlike their long-haired counterparts. They are calm and gentle, and a lot more playful than Persians. They need the constant presence of the owner to express all their affection, usually on the lap.

6. Havana Brown Cat

The Havana Brown is another Siamese’s relative dating back to the 1950s. It is of average size, with a solid warm brown coat and whiskers, and green eyes. One cute feature – the paw pads are pink or rose, but never black. This cat is perfectly balanced, it has no extreme features. It requires very little grooming. To keep the coat in a good condition it’s enough to gently brush it once a week and have good-quality nutrition.

The cats of this breed use their paws a lot. They examine new objects and communicate with people with their help. For example, they really love to place both front paws on a person’s thigh to get to know them. They are human-oriented and will enjoy sitting on your shoulders while you’re doing household chores. 

7. Japanese Bobtail Cat

The unique feature of a Japanese Bobtail is its short tail that resembles the tail of a rabbit. They are considered a lucky breed that brings happiness and prosperity. Among all possible color variations, the Mi-Ke, tricolor white, black and yellow coat, is said to be the luckiest. These cats weigh around 6 to 9 lb and are lean and elegant.

Japanese Bobtails are a good variant if you’re looking for a family cat. They are affectionate and well suited for children. These shorthair cats are energetic and mischievous as well as loyal and smart. They have a low amount of shedding, which makes them easy to groom.

8. Russian Blue Cat

An elegant statuette, a Russian Blue cat in a bluish-gray coat has been an inspiration for many pop culture movies and cartoons. These cats boast a soft plush coat and stunning bright green eyes. Their other name, Archangel Blue, suggests that Russian sailors took these cats from the port of Arkhangelsk to Europe.

The Russian Blue is a friendly and intelligent feline, though somewhat reserved. They are curious and enjoy playing with various toys, and they love playing fetch. These cats are said to have a good memory and be prone to training: quite a few owners claim that they can do various tricks and remember where the toys are hidden. Their hunting instinct is well-developed, and they can catch birds, rodents, and reptiles with no sweat.

9. Savannah Cat

If you’ve ever dreamed of having an African cat at your feet, take a look at the gorgeous Savannah. A cross between a serval and a domestic cat, it has become popular all over the world and was registered as a breed in 2001. It is officially the largest domestic cat breed. It’s slim and tall, with the wild spotted coat pattern (other variations exist, but they aren’t approved by the breed standard).

A Savannah is a social cat keen on walking, so a lot of owners train them to walk on a leash. They love high spots like refrigerators or cat trees, and some can leap the amazing 8 ft high from the floor. Mostly, they love water and do not mind showering or playing with it. 

10. Siamese Cat

Dark ears, muzzle, and tail, blue eyes, a cream coffee body – that’s the portrait everyone will recognize. A Siamese cat has a notable point coloration which is, in reality, a form of albinism. The coolest parts of the body are dark while the warmer parts are lighter.

A curious fact: all kittens are born solid and develop visible dark points in the first few months of their life.

Siamese cats have long muscular bodies and triangular heads with relatively big ears. They are sociable and extroverted, but they usually bond to one person in the family. They have loud voices compared to the cries of babies, and their behavior resembles dogs rather than cats. As they need regular attention, they can suffer from depression, if left alone for a long time.

11. Toyger Cat

A Toyger, or a toy tiger, is a tabby breed developed in the 1980s in the U.S. It has small ears and medium eyes on an oval head with a well-defined muzzle, and a medium-size robust body. The peculiar feature is the coat pattern that resembles one of a tiger: dark vertically aligned stripes and black mascara-like marks around the eyes. 

Toygers adapt well to other pets and children. They need a lot of exercise, and they can be trained. Affectionate and friendly, they can become a perfect lap cat. But take care to keep it an indoor-only cat: the breed is unusual and one of the most expensive, so it might become a bait for thieves.

12. Cornish Rex Cat

In case you don’t like bald cats but don’t want much fur in the house, meet the Cornish Rex. These cats have only the undercoat, which is sometimes curly. Because of that, they love warm places and are only suitable for indoor living. They come in a variety of patterns and colors: solids, tabbies, bicolors, tortoiseshells. 

Cornish Rexes adore running and racing, and they are eager to play fetch and do acrobatic stunts. They quickly adapt to new conditions and are always ready to explore. Because of their appearance and the galloping run, they are sometimes called the Greyhound of the cats.

If your Cornish Rex demands you to play with him – you can launch an online cat video game that will fulfill his hunting instincts.

13. Devon Rex Cat

Another curly cat is a Devon Rex, which is considered one of the most hypoallergenic cat breeds (technically not true as there are no 100% hypoallergenic breeds). They have large eyes, upturned noses, and large ears. Not only their fur is curly, but their whiskers, too! That’s why sometimes it looks like they have no whiskers at all. 

These felines are playful and active: some people call them “a cross between a cat, a dog, and a monkey”. High jumpers, they love high spots and always try to occupy the highest point in a room. The Devon Rex is an intelligent breed that can be trained to do tricks or walk on a leash. They show their affection by perching on the human’s shoulders or nesting into the cranny between the neck and the shoulder. 

14. Scottish Fold Cat

Always in the top ten most popular cat breeds, a Scottish fold makes everyone fall in love with it because of the owl-like appearance. Surprisingly, all of them are born with straight ears. The ears start folding after three weeks or may stay straight – in this case, the kitten is known as a Straight.

These medium-sized cats with rounded bodies are smaller than British Shorthairs. They feature all kinds of coat patterns, the most popular being solid lilac and tabby. These cats are said to be good-natured and affectionate, but stubborn. Folds (and Straights) love the outdoors and games. Many of them often sit in the Buddha position, which is a source of constant fun and pleasure for the owner. 

15. Burmilla Cat

What happens if you cross a Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese? That’s how the first Burmilla shorthair kittens appeared in 1981. These medium-size elegant cats have a recognizable silver coat and distinctive black lines contouring the nose, eyes, and lips. The shorthair version has soft silky fur in a variety of colors. 

Burmillas are independent and playful cats who adore their owner. They combine the energy of the Burmese and the rationality of the Persian. They are easy to look after as the fur just needs combing once a week. Yet, the condition of the coat depends more on the diet, which should be balanced and include raw meat.

16. Domestic Shorthair Cat

The most common cat around the world, a ‘moggie’, a ‘puspin’, a Domestic Short-haired cat is that very typical image of a cat you get when hearing the word. This is not actually a breed but rather a classification name used for registry. 

These cats have different body shapes and sizes around the world as well as different color combinations, mostly varieties of tabby. For instance, an Asian Domestic Shorthair is likely to have a classic Siamese body type while in Europe it will have a heavier build. 

Being mixed-breed and genetically diverse, domestic shorthair cats are more immune to genetic problems that are typical for purebred felines. Character and tempo also differ, but it is commonly known that Domestic Shorthair cats are on average more sociable and affectionate than any pure breed.

Orange short hair cat breeds

Orange or ginger cats are like sun rays that lighten and warm up the place. Their coat is associated with leadership and strong bonds. Ginger cats create a positive aura and are beneficial in creating easy-going relationships. If you want to add some sunshine to your life, take a look at:

  • a Persian or Exotic cat
  • a British Shorthair cat
  • an Abyssinian cat

Black short hair cat breeds 

Despite the superstitions, black cats symbolize good things in many cultures. They are said to appear around sick people to help them heal or guide them to their next life. They also elevate the sense of security and stability. To welcome money and health to your home, consider getting:

  • a Bombay cat
  • an Oriental cat
  • a Sphynx

Grey short hair cat breeds 

Grey cats are a symbol of hope and the difficult decisions we make to reach the right conclusions. Many people say they signify self-improvement and the life journey with all its flaws. Grey cats bring comfort and tranquility to the home, and here are some truly peaceful cat breeds to choose from:

  • a Russian Blue cat
  • a British Shorthair cat
  • a Domestic Shorthair cat

White medium hair cat breeds 

White cats have a certain calming influence as they symbolize purity and peace. They are said to bring good fortune and attract positive energy. White cats are rare as they make up just 5% of the total cat number. The odd-eyed coloring, or heterochromia, is also more typical of white cats than any other colors, as well as, sadly, deafness. A white cat can be found within such breeds as:

  • an American Shorthair cat
  • an Oriental Shorthair cat
  • a Devon Rex cat

In a word 

Cats are wonderful! Short-haired, long-haired, bald, they bring life and energy to a home. Cats with short hair are great in terms of grooming as they don’t need much, but it doesn’t mean they don’t need any. All cats shed more or less, so if you’re afraid of constant cleaning, just think of getting a good robot vacuum or cat fur. Trust my own experience of having three cats, it’s the best buy ever!

Looking for a fluffier cat? Check out our articles about medium-hair cats and long-hair cats!

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