#14 American Shorthair – $500-800
Pure American Shorthairs are easy to spot. They are robust, surprisingly silent and quick to attack anything that moves. These rodent-killing machines were the first European cats to “step paw” on U.S. soil. They range in price mainly according to color. Orange American Shorthairs are almost twice as expensive as others.
Settlers needed felines on their trade ships to keep mice away from goods they were transporting. As such, only the most vicious mousers were chosen and only the strongest of them survived the journey. This brutal, accelerated version of natural selection, resulted in the Shorthair’s 20-year lifespan.