european shorthair breed information
common health issues
European Shorthair cats originated in Sweden before making their way through the rest of Europe. Similar to the American Domestic Shorthair cat, they developed naturally, with no specific breeding rules. In other parts of Europe, the European Shorthair was crossed with Persian cats, but Scandinavian breeders avoided this trend, preferring to stick with domestic cats as breeding stock.
Because the ancestry of the European Shorthair is so diverse, it is very difficult to predict either temperament or appearance (much like the average American house cat). In the same vein, the breed is particularly healthy, due in part to the lack of inbreeding so many other breeds face.
The European Shorthair is medium-sized with a short, dense coat that can come in any color. She is generally intelligent and friendly, and can get along with other cats and dogs if properly socialized. The breed is a rare find outside of Scandinavia.
As a whole, European Shorthairs are remarkably healthy, though individuals may be prone to common feline hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses European Shorthairs are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism; chronic conditions such as diabetes; kidney conditions such as polycystic kidney disease; and heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard Which means if your European Shorthair inherits more than just a diverse background, you’re covered.