short·​hair | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌher How to pronounce shorthair (audio) \

Definition of shorthair

: a domestic cat with a short thick coat especially : a member of any of several breeds of muscular medium- to large-sized cats with a short plush coat

Examples of shorthair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thor, a 4-year-old shorthair Chihuahua, and his sister, Wanda, a 1-year-old Shih Tzu, were brought to AHS after an Emergency Animal Medical Technician picked them up, seemingly in good health. The Arizona Republic, "Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 25 Sep. 2020 Luckily for this beautiful 7-month-old shorthair rabbit, all Kalani needed in terms of medical care was treatment for ear mites and to spend some time in an AHS Foster Hero home to gain weight prior to receiving her spay surgery. The Arizona Republic, "Winston and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 12 Sep. 2020 My new German shorthair puppy came from Top Gun Kennels in Central City, Iowa. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "How to Choose Your First Bird-Dog Puppy," 23 Mar. 2020 Zack, also a shorthair, is 12 years old and weighs more than 30 pounds. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Eyeless kittens, 30-pound cat up for adoption in Michigan," 31 Dec. 2019 A few days ago, Zack, the chunky, shorthair cat was lonely and without a home. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Zack, the 30-pound cat, adopted from Michigan Humane Society," 3 Jan. 2020 Quilty the cat became a national story in November when the seven-year-old shorthair began springing other cats from their rooms at Houston's Friend For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians who went viral in 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 All three breeds were among the teams at the Madison training session, along with Dutch shepherds, German shorthairs and Vizslas. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canine teams from the Midwest are training in Wisconsin this week. Here are 9 things to know about explosive-sniffing K-9s," 24 Oct. 2018 Fenway, an all black shorthair, was overweight, slow-moving and keen on sleeping 23 hours a day. Unless food was involved. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Saying goodbye to a food-loving friend, Fenway the cat," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of shorthair

1903, in the meaning defined above

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5 Oct 2020

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“Shorthair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shorthair

: a cat that has short, thick fur

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