The European, or European Shorthair, is an absolutely perfect cat. It has many similar characteristics of a classic alley cat, but it has been domesticated well over time. Its maintenance is very simple thanks to its short hair which requires only one brushing per week.
Its character is balanced, appreciable. It simply refuses to share Its territory with congeners. For the rest, It will be endearing, loving, faithful. It’s also active and a hunter. It adapts to any type of life. As a bonus, It’s blessed with excellent health.
History of the breed
The European, also called European Shorthair in 2007, is indeed a domestic cat even if it takes on the appearance of a classic alley cat. It’s fairly standard in everything: Its physiognomy as well as Its character. It would come straight down from ancient Egypt, where It shared Its life with the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
It is not a breed that has undergone crossbreeding after crossing. It had time to develop on its own, quietly, until it was officially recognized in 1983. However, it has difficulty in establishing itself in today’s world, because it is considered too common, too close to the alley cat, too traditional, and not original enough.
- Its body : The European has a body qualified as semi-foreign by the standard of the race. It’s medium to large in height and Its body fits into a rectangle. It has a fairly large and developed chest. It shows power and has a fairly strong frame. This strength is also found in the paws of this feline.
- Its hair : The European has a short, dense, and lustrous coat. Its fur is quite classic. There is no trace of excessive undercoat.
- Its color: The European standard is not very picky since it accepts almost all possible colors, with the notable exception of chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, and fawn. Note also that while many patterns are tolerated, this is not the case for patterns such as sepia, mink, and color point.
- Its head: The European has a fairly long head, and not that wide. She is quite rounded and this cat has very full and developed cheeks. This rounded side is found at the level of the skull and the forehead. The stop is not marked and is even absent. The muzzle is well defined but without pinch.
- Its eyes: They are medium to large in size, rounded, and placed at an angle. Brilliant color is sought after. It is classic orange, yellow, or green.
- Its ears: The ears of the European are medium in size, they are broad at the base and have a rounded end.
- Its tail: It is medium in size, quite thick at its base, and tapers as it goes, ending with a rounded end.
Behavior With Others
Balanced in everything. The European has a very simple character. It’s affectionate, tender even if It’s independent. It’s intelligent. It will be constantly happy, as long as It can exercise and even hunt. Indeed, It’s a feline who enjoys hunting and is good at it.
A garden will be ideal for entertaining. It has nothing against strangers but does not appreciate the presence of congeners on its territory, which it will take the time to defend. On the other hand, It has nothing against other animals like dogs. A pleasant cat to live with.
Although independent, the European does not like solitude. It constantly needs the presence of Its master by Its side. It can adapt to all types of environments. It prefers to live in a house with a garden or a balcony.
It will be able to go out and indulge in hunting. But an apartment suits It, as long as It has accessories for climbing and running, such as a cat tree. It will be the happiest in the world.
Health & Maintenance
The European shorthair is not known to have major health problems. Conversely, it’s a robust cat, which is resistant to bad weather and various pathologies. However, It may have a tendency to swallow Its hair, which can be dangerous if there are hairballs in Its stomach. In addition, it should be vaccinated against the usual diseases in cats: rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a European is between 11 and 13 years .
The short coat of the European Shorthair does not require any particular maintenance. It’s very easy to maintain this feline. Regular brushing is simply indispensable.
By regular brushing, we mean that at least one weekly brushing is necessary to satisfy the European’s coat. The rest of the time, there is no special attention is needed. Its master can clean Its eyes or inspect Its ears from time to time.
Like alley cats, the European can eat anything. Industrial food with high-quality croquettes will suit It as well as traditional food consisting of meat, starches, and fresh vegetables. The key is to feed it while respecting its daily energy needs and not to overfeed it, otherwise, you risk obesity.