Short Haired Cats Breed That Are Loveable & Cute? [10 Most Popular 2022]

10 Most Popular Short Haired Cat Breeds

British Shorthair Cats

Natural crossing of domestic cats, introduced about 2000 years ago by the Romans to Britain, with local breeds has led to the emergence of several varieties, one of which is the British Shorthair. The British have always considered these animals to be excellent mouse-catchers.

British Shorthair cats are of medium size, but with a broad chest, with highly developed muscles, muscular back and shoulders, short but massive limbs, with thick rounded legs and a thick tail, slightly curved in the shape of a semicircle and short. Round and massive head, wide muzzle, thick chin, short, wide and straight nose, slightly arched at the base, but without a “patch”. Short, wide-set ears, slightly rounded at the tips of the auricles. Large, round eyes, set wide and wide open; the color of the eyes is the same as the color of the coat. Short and thick neck. A short but dense coat, non-adherent, delicate to the touch, with a well-developed undercoat. First of all, the breeds are distinguished by their coat color.

British shorthaired cats are cute, relatively calm, quick-witted and affectionate cats, but they are much more mobile than representatives of Persian breeds. British Shorthair kittens like everyone else love to play, while older cats prefer to curl up and take a nap. Even aggressive-minded dogs cannot disturb the imperturbable shorthair. These peaceful, quiet animals easily get along with people. Since British Shorthairs are easy to train, they can often be seen in movies and commercials. The cat does not require a lot of grooming – daily brushing of the coat. It is as if it was created for a business person who cannot pay much attention to his pet.

European Shorthair Cats

The group of European shorthair cats includes a number of “noble” breeds of cats that correspond to the standard of the average European domestic cat and which have not been cultivated or crossed with other breeds on purpose. Because of this, the anatomical structure of the body of animals of this breed does not differ much from the usual European domestic cat. The difference from non-pedigree cats is the established characteristic features of the breed, fatness, general physical condition and coat quality.

The body of cats of this breed is of medium size, sometimes large, muscular, thick, well-developed tight cage. Strong, stable, massive, medium-length limbs, which taper evenly towards massive tarsi. The tail is of medium length, gradually decreasing from the base, the tip is rounded. A rather large head, with a semicircular muzzle, a medium-long nose, evenly wide. Ears of medium size, erect, with slightly rounded tips, on which “tassels” sometimes grow, set wide apart. Round, wide open, wide-set eyes, slightly slanting, clear, depending on the breed, they can be yellow, green, blue or copper in color. Muscular neck of medium length. European cats have a short, thick and shiny coat. In general, the European Shorthair is a graceful animal.

Manx Cat (Tailless Manx Cat)

This cat breed comes from the small Isle of Man, located some distance from the coast of England. Due to its typical characteristics, which distinguishes it from all other European shorthair domestic cats, this cat is considered as a representative of its own breed.

The main characteristic feature of this breed is the absence of a tail, a slightly raised pelvis, a short back with a deep deflection, which allows this cat to move in leaps, which are similar to the movement of rabbits. The coat of the Manx cat is soft, fluffy, like that of a rabbit, non-adherent, thick, the undercoat is soft. A feature of the physique of this breed is the roundness of the pelvis and hip region, and the shape of the pelvis resembles an orange.

In the Manx cat, at the end of the spine, where the tail begins in other breeds of cats, there is a clearly visible “fossa” – a depression. Despite the fact that the back is short, the pelvis is raised high therefore. Large and round head, long, straight nose, well-defined cheekbones. Rather wide ears at the base, gradually tapering, so that the tip of the ears is acute-angled. Round eyes can be of any color.

Short-tailed Manx cats (Stampies) are registered in the studbook of experimental breeds and can be used for breeding.

Manks, like dogs, can bring objects, follow the owner, bury toys, growl in case of danger. Animals feel great both in a cozy home environment and in freedom, where they show themselves as excellent hunters.

Russian Blue Cat

The name itself indicates that this breed of cats came to Western Europe from Russia, where in the old days this animal was also found at the royal court. According to one version, it was from there that the Russian blue as a gift from Tsarina Catherine II to the English royal family ended up in England, where, in the process of breeding, it was brought to the level of modern standards. According to the other, the Russian blue came to Europe from Arkhangelsk, where the tsars exiled unwanted people, who, in turn, took cats with them. So the blue cat received another name – Arkhangelsk.

How did she manage to survive in this almost arctic cold? Russian blue wool is a double plush layer similar to fur of a fur seal or beaver. The structure of the wool of the breed of these animals is different from the structure of wool of other breeds: it is short, but very soft and thick, delicate to the touch, silky, in some areas does not even adhere to the body, shiny, with an undercoat, with the rest of the shade. The color of the coat is uniform, blue, saturated. In an adult, there are no tan marks or stripes in the coat. The texture and quality of the coat is a typical sign of the Russian blue cat. Almond-shaped eyes, set wide, always green. A breed such as the Russian Blue has an elegant, slightly elongated body, a little “wide bone”, high limbs, narrow, oval legs, a long, pointed tail. Short, wedge-shaped head, flat skull, straight forehead, slightly pointed straight nose. The tactile hairs are clearly defined on the muzzle. Large, erect ears, set slightly obliquely, with tassels. On the ears, the skin is thin, translucent, and on the inner side of the ears there is practically no coat.

A massive, large body, a square head, yellow eyes, a white spot and stripes on the coat are considered defects. It is undesirable for a cat of this breed to look like a Siamese in appearance.

The Russian blue is unpretentious and smart: she knows how to open doors, bring various items on command. If she is not given due attention, she will go about her business, not at all embarrassed.

Abyssinian Cats

The Abyssinian cat first appeared in the Indian Ocean or Southeast Asia, and not in Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia), as is commonly believed. In 1868, English soldiers, demobilized from Abyssinia, brought several of these cats to their homeland. Shortly thereafter, England began importing Abyssinian cats.

The appearance of the Abyssinian cat is closest in external structure to the ancestor of the domestic cat. These animals are of medium size. Characteristic physique: muscular, massive body, but not thick, elegant neck, broad head with a prominent chin. Body of medium size, long, pointed tail. Medium in size, slightly wedge-shaped head, with a soft oval, the tip of the nose is slightly flattened. Ears of medium size, set wide apart, relatively erect. Slender limbs, oval-shaped small paws. Set wide, large, open eyes, Asian, but without guile. The eyes of Abyssinian cats are amber or green, but not pale in tone. Short, soft to the touch coat, thick and well-fitting to the body, with double and sometimes triple ticking, i.e. with two, and sometimes three stripes of a different color on each hair. Around the eyes there was a rim darker than the general coat color. On the lips and lower jaw of Abyssinian cats, there is most often a white coat.

Abyssinian cats are smart, trainable, do all kinds of tricks. Recently, they have increasingly appeared in commercials and feature films. They are very sociable, love company, accompany the owner throughout the house. Fearless animals are happy to climb high railings, cabinets, refrigerators, so they never get bored with them.


Rex is a group of short-haired pedigree cats with very sparse and short hair, which consists mainly of an undercoat or undercoat and a certain number of single guard hairs. Wavy coat. The tactile hairs can also be wavy. This breed of cats appeared in the 50s of the twentieth century in Germany, England, USA due to mutations of European shorthair cats. From separate, different mutations, the Rex breeds were bred, which began to differ from each other by genetic characteristics, and were similar in texture and type of wool. When crossing representatives of different breeds of Rex, the most common shorthaired cats are obtained.


In 1950, as a result of a spontaneous mutation in the litter of a short-haired cat, a long-legged and curly cat was discovered that was very different from its brothers. Having crossed him with other short-haired ones, the mistress received new curly offspring. The breed was named “Cornrex” (“Cornish Rex”), as the skins of the animals resembled the fur of rabbits “that adorned the royal robes of King Henry VIII.

Cornrex is one of the most interesting cat breeds with a muscular, strong and slender body of medium size, with slender long limbs that end in small oval legs. A long, thin tail, pointed at the end and covered with thick curly hair that forms a feathering. The wedge-shaped head has a massive chin and a flat skull. The length of the head is about one third longer than its maximum width. When viewed in profile, the head forms a straight line from the middle of the forehead to the tip of the nose. The ears of cats of this breed are large, wide at the base, set high and rounded at the ends, completely covered with thick thin hair. Almond-shaped eyes, medium in size. The color of the coat is in harmony with the color of the eyes. The coat is thick, short, but wavy, especially on the back and tail, with a velvet texture without undercoat. Above the upper eyelids, there are fairly long tactile cilia that curl up to standard. The color of the coat can be any, but the white spots must be symmetrical, except for the color of tortoiseshell and white. If the cat has too short or too shaggy hair, bald patches on the skin, asymmetrical arrangement of white spots, small ears, too wide or too small head, underdeveloped muscles, short or bald tail, dense body, then such a cat is considered defective.

Cornrexes need a lot of food, because their metabolism is much faster than that of other cats. Cornrexes are very active: animals can accelerate quickly, instantly change direction, chase their prey at high speed, jump high, and love to penetrate secret places. One of the breeders gave them this definition: Rexes are “a little calmer than a hurricane.”


10 years after the appearance of Cornrex, a similar mutation occurred in Devonshire (England). Curly black kitten Curly was born, the descendants of which were named “Devonrex”.

The Devonrex, in comparison with the Cornrex, has less wavy fur, less massive body.

The Devonrex breed is characterized by a muscular, strong, slender body of medium size with a slender neck and a wide chest. The short head is triangular in shape, with prominent cheekbones, a massive chin and a short nose. The forehead in cats of this breed is oblique in the direction of the flat skull, and on the nose there is a pronounced protrusion. The ears are large, deep-set, wide at the base, covered with silky, thick fur, rounded at the ends with hairless or hairy at the back of the ears. Large, wide-set eyes.

To maintain heat exchange, Devonrex, like Cornrex, needs additional nutrition. These cats not only eat a lot but love to eat tastily: they love, for example, asparagus. Animals are very smart, cheerful, consider themselves full members of the family, take a direct part in family affairs. They love to sleep on their knees and climb on their shoulders.


By its origin, Korat belongs to the Asian cat breeds. In Taisi, the name of this silvery animal sounds like “si-sawat” (si-sawat – happiness, “si” – color, “savat” (“sovot”) – a wild fruit with silver seeds). This is the name given to the cat by the king of Siam (Thailand) Rama V in honor of the province from which she was born.

Korat cats are highly prized, even said to bring happiness. Most often they are not sold, but given to friends or dignitaries. In the USA, in 1959, the first individuals of this breed were delivered, after which they were multiplied, and only after that they got to Europe. Korat cats are also bred in Australia.

The cat of this breed is always of medium size, it has moderately long limbs, the back line is slightly arched, it is strong and muscular. She has a medium length tail, thick at the base with a rounded tip of the tail. The heart-shaped muzzle makes the cat of this breed adorable. Between unusually large eyes is a broad forehead with a well developed, large, but slightly pointed nose. Between the forehead and nose there is a well-defined protrusion, while in cats the forehead features are almost delta-shaped. The eyes are reminiscent of Asian cats, in adults, the color of the eyes is yellow-green. Large ears, rounded at the ends. Magnificent coat without spots and blotches, silver-blue color, thick, close-fitting, undoubtedly belongs to the merits of this cat. Paw pads, nose, lips – painted in dark blue, sometimes lilac, the pads may also have a pink tint. Blue-eyed kittens, in the process of puberty, change their eye color, first to amber-yellow, and then yellow-green.

Korat cats are intelligent, calm animals that love to be stroked. Negatively refer to strangers, as well as sudden noise. They may be scared by restless animals and children for Thai cats, a quiet, cozy home is best.

Californian Glitter

The fact is, it is a Californian in sequins – a very rare breed. Most of its livestock is in the United States, there are several representatives in Europe. While preparing this article, I looked at the forums to read how popular this breed is, how many people are interested in these animals. And I drew attention to an interesting fact: many people write that they would like to have such a cat, they are looking for, they ask, maybe someone knows where to get such beauty, they say that they are ready to give a lot of money. But there is no answer … The question is: there is no one to answer, in Russia there are no such cats or no one simply knows anything?

And now let’s figure out why this breed attracts so much attention. As we have already indicated, it originates in the United States of America.

It all started with one man, a Hollywood screenwriter named Paul Casey. Once he was on a trip in Africa, visited Tanzania. There he learned that representatives of the fauna of wild cats, leopards, are on the verge of extinction. As it turned out, the number of animals is decreasing due to poaching and the activities of traders on the black market. The cats are caught and sold to wealthy collectors in other countries.

Other shorthair cats

All other short-haired cats are a very diverse group of short-haired cats, which includes all those, some of which fully constitute a separate, independent breed, and may even represent whole groups of different breeds. All these cats differ not only in the structure of the body and head, but also in the quality of the coat. Animals of these amazing and so different breeds come from different parts of the world.

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