Things You Should Know About Mixed Breed Cats – DSH Breed Cats

Posted: May 5, 2020 by Anita

mixed breed cats

One of the first things you might be curious about as a new cat parent is “what breed is my cat”?  When you are adopting a cat from a shelter, it’s no telling what breeds you might encounter while searching for the perfect cat for you.

Well, there is a high possibility that your new fluff ball is a mixed breed cat.  In this article, I discuss things you should know about your mixed breed cat.

What is a mixed breed cat?

In the dog world, we could call them mutts.  Shelters and animal rescue organizations classify the mixed breed cat as Domestic Shorthair or DSH breed cats.  They are not the most expensive breed of cats.   They are perfect for potential cat parents that don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on a pedigree.

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, Domestic Shorthair is the 7th most popular cat in the United States.  In the U.K., these types of cats are called Moggies.  Other nicknames include:

  • house cat
  • alley cat

Domestic Shorthair cats are considered non-pedigree and shouldn’t be confused with the American Shorthair, which is a pedigree cat (U.K. version is British Shorthair).  DSH cats come in all shapes and sizes but, for the most part, are not large-breed cats.

History of the Domestic Shorthair Cat

The mixed-breed cat is thought to have arrived in America on ships of the early settlers.  This breed acted as workers and companions to their families.  They may have started out keeping rodents from ship supplies and shopkeepers but soon became a popular family pet.

Types of Mixed breed cats

Mixed breed cats (DSH) can be found in any color or color combo.  Pattern and color descriptors do not suggest a type of breed.

These descriptors are used for identity purposes:

  • Tabby – blend of two distinct colors with either spotted, parallel stripes, or marbled markings.  “M” shape on the forehead.
  • Tortoiseshell – bi-color like a tortoise
  • Calico – tricolor with one of those colors being white
  • Torbie – kind of look like a tabby
  • Tuxedo
  • Color points (lighter body, darker extremities – like Siamese cat breed)
  • Pattern points (patterns such as tortoiseshell on aspects of the body
tabby

 

 

tortoiseshell

 

Calico

 

tuxedo

 

point coloration

 

The personality of Mixed Breed Cats

The range of personalities for Domestic Shorthair Cats can range from chilled to high-energy; it just depends on the cat.  Mixed breed cats don’t have a specific personality trait assigned to its type.

What you might expect:

  • may meow to communicate with you
  • lively
  • friendly
  • scratches when bored (make sure you invest in a good scratching post)

Domestic Shorthairs are considered the best-all round cat – compatible with children and other house pets when introduced properly.

Lifespan and health

Centuries of cross-breeding have made the Domestic Shorthair a very hardy, resilient cat.  They are not predisposed to genetic abnormalities or disease.

These cats are subject to the same lifestyle issues that most cats are subject to, such as:

  • obesity
  • urinary tract disease
  • diabetes
  • skin and food allergies

If you keep them on a healthy diet with plenty of exercising, you can expect the Domestic Shorthair to live 15-20 years. Their weight range for males is 15 pounds, and for the female cat, it is 12 pounds.

 

To read more about a healthy cat diet, click here

 

Conclusion

Mixed breed cats are cats or kittens with no particular breed or cat mix.  In the dog world, we could call them mutts.  Shelters and animal rescue organizations classify these types of cats as domestic Shorthair or DSH breed cats.

The range of personalities for Domestic Shorthair Cats can range from chilled to high-energy; it just depends on the cat.  Mixed breed cats don’t have a specific personality trait assigned to its type.

Centuries of cross-breeding has made the Domestic Shorthair a very hardy, resilient cat.  They are not predisposed to genetic abnormalities or disease.

If you keep them on a healthy diet with plenty of exercising, you can expect the Domestic Shorthair to live 15-20 years. Their weight range for males is 15 pounds, and for the female cat, it is 12 pounds.

Domestic Shorthairs are considered the best-all round cat – compatible with children and other house pets when introduced properly.

 

 

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