If I had a nickel…
Yes, Shorty is a stunning beauty with her long dark fur, bushy long tail, round even face and massive eyes, and many have wondered what her breed is or how they could get a cat like her. But I have no idea.
On her paperwork at the Toronto Humane Society, her cat breed was listed as “domestic long-hair.” But over the years, many people have enjoyed guessing at her breed or origins. Some have said she may have Bombay in her because she’s black, but you’ll see in certain lights that Shorty does have a rust undertone to her colour, and Bombays are actually the only breed that are completely black. Here’s what some others have said and what I think.
This picture does look at lot like Shorty: long dark hair that doesn’t register completely black in certain light, big eyes and round face. And some of the description definitely fits Shorty: single-layer coat that doesn’t get matted, affectionate, playful, and even loves to dance.
But then there are the differences: the Angora generally has long legs, large ears, loves to talk, and doesn’t like being held for more than a few minutes at a time. Sho’s got short legs, her ears aren’t all that large, Kodi’s the talker, and Shorty could lay in your arms comfortably for hours until you annoy her by getting up. I think Sho does have traces of Angora, but there are enough differences to make me think otherwise. But it’s pretty even.
Verdict? I’d say the chances of her being an Angora are 50%.
This is a picture of a Black Smoke Maine Coon that shares many similarities with Shorty: lighter undercoat especially around the chest, sturdy structure, long luxurious tail, and releasing a “loud yowling sound” when playing. While not always vocal, Sho does have a distinct yowl, noticeable particularly at about 3 a.m.
Also characteristic of Maine Coons is a fierce loyalty to their humans. I’d say that describes Sho as well. Have you seen the video of Shorty defending Bryan from a pesky Kodi?
After reviewing many pictures online, this one may comes close to revealing Shorty’s roots. But she still has that red tinge in her fur in certain lights so I can’t be certain and this description says they’re curiously attracted to water. Did you see the time when Shorty jumped into the bathtub???
Chances – 70%
Black Chantilly (Tiffany)
The Black Chantilly, or Tiffany, has a coat that is semi-long that is so soft and plush, “that you will want to hold it on your lap, nuzzling for hours.” Check. One coat of fur, so no matting and minimal shedding. Check. “The full coat grows in slowly, reaching its full potential by the time the Tiffany is about 24 months of age… and the tail will grow into a full plume.” Double check. No one knew when Shorty was a scruffy little kitten with a thin, short tail that she would become the fluffy beauty she did.
And the personality? “The Tiffany combines a healthy, balanced dose of docility with activity. It can stay still for extended periods, happily lounging in the lap of its loved one.” Yup. “Bonds extremely well with humans.” Big yup. “Speaks to its loved ones in its characteristically soft, sweet chirping voice.” This one describes her well. Kodi will go on and on in a monotonous meow with little variation while Shorty’s little chirps have such inflection and tone when she speaks to you that it does sound like she understands and is communicating. Whenever she jumps or takes off on a sprint, it’s accompanied by a sweet little chirp, much like the sound and reaction of a plush toy when squeezed. “Enjoys snuggling and following its people around the house, but in an undemanding and nonharassing manner.” Totally. Sho will gently announce her presence with the faintest brush of her paw hairs against your arm, while Kodi would bombastically pounce on or over you to get your attention.
We may have a winner here. I’ll never be totally sure, and she could be a mix of all of these, but the majority of the Tiffany’s characteristics do seem to align with Shorty’s. What do you think?
Chances – 90%
In reality, Shorty’s the best breed of them all: a Shelter Cat.
Characteristics of this breed are: needing a good home, needing a caring guardian, wanting someone warm to snuggle with, tends to be very appreciative and loving to their rescuer, may be the best thing that will ever happen to you.
I highly suggest you seek out this special breed and give them all the love you possibly can.