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Hi,
I don't have any pictures of my cat, but he looks a lot like the cat on this page -
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:European_shorthair_portrait_Quincy.jpg

I've done some research, and I don't know if my cat is American Shorthair, European Shorthair or Domestic Shorthair. My cat looks most like the European Shorthair, but he's not from Europe. He's from Oregon.

Here's some physical characteristics and personality traits of my cat.

Could you please tell me what breed he is? Thank you.

Physical characteristics -
- brown tabby
- young-looking (He's 7 years old, but he looks just like a big kitten. He has an adult body but a kitten head. It's precious!)
- long, muscular chest
- short, thick-boned legs
- little bit of toe tuft
- little, round paws (look like little snowboots)
- black fur that goes all the way down his back
- small, round, green eyes
- short, thick neck
- dense, short, soft, glossy fur
- small head
- little bit of brown fur above his nose
- average-size (maybe 13 or 14 lbs)
- nose is short and turns upright when you look at him from the side
- fur on his cheeks and stomach is a beautiful, caramel color
- looks just like a shorthaired version of the brown tabby maine coons I see on TV
- he's the softest, glossiest cat I've ever seen

Personality traits -
- quiet most of the time (but when he meows, he's very loud. He definitely makes his presence known)
- independent most of the time, and you don't know he's there
- loves to catch moths and eat them (good hunter)
- not scared of my mother and me, but he's scared of everyone else and is very scared of noises like loud cars and vacuum cleaners. He acts very feral around strangers
- super smart and has a very smart facial expression

I love my cats so much, and I want them to live forever!

SIncerely,
Ashley

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Dear Ashley

It is impossible to say what breed (if your cat is a particular breed) without a picture.  From your description though it sounds as though he is of mixed parentage so may not be able to classed as any particular breed.

If you really want to find out then you could send a Buccal swab to VGL at UC Davis in California for them to do a profile on your cat.

http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/

Regards

Marcia

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I can give answers on cat breeding and showing having 'served' over 30 years in this particular field. I head up a Yahoo Group and also a cat club (NBA Cat Club) devoted to educating novices in the correct way to breed, and also show with both GCCF and TICA on a regular basis, and am well versed with the show world, having been involved in the management of the major GCCF Supreme Show in the UK for over 25 years. Genetics however is not my strong point.

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30 years of continuous cat breeding and showing with two major organisations.

Organizations
GCCF (UK) TICA Various UK cat clubs

Publications
Our Cats, Cat World, Club magazines

Education/Credentials
Normal middle school education, and college. Best education credentials I have are raw experience of 30 years

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