European Shorthair cat resting on the floor.

European Shorthair Cat Breed

A fine domestic cat with an air of quality, this breed is calm and reserved and is said to be easy to train.

At first glance, the European Shorthair looks very much like a typical house cat. Very popular in Scandinavia, it was developed in Sweden from ordinary domestic cats, but careful breeding programs ensured that only the best foundation stock, selected for quality of color and conformation, were used.

Unlike most cats of similar type, including the British Shorthair, this breed has not been outcrossed to other lines. Robust and sturdily built, the European Shorthair is a dependable pet that thrives both indoors and out. It is sociable but retains an air of independence and can be a little aloof with strangers.

Origin: Sweden, 1980s

Breed registries: FIFe

Weight range: 8–15 lb (3.5–7 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Various colors and bicolors in solid and smoke; patterns include colorpoint, tabby, and tortie.