The European Shorthair is widely considered to be the "first" house cat, as it is the direct descendant of the first wild cats to be domesticated thousands of years ago. What are the origins of this ancient breed, and are there differences between the European, British, and American Shorthairs? Keep reading to find out!
European Shorthair Cat History
Some believe European wild cats befriended Roman soldiers as they trekked throughout the empire. Others hold that the European Shorthair descended from the African wild cat brought back to Rome over 2,000 years ago.