Brazilian Shorthair History history
In its earliest origins, the Brazilian Shorthair is thought to be a descendant of domestic cats brought to Brazil by European colonists. Since that time the cats have gone through a variety of changes and a newer breed, the Brazilian Shorthair, has been developed thanks to Paulo Ruschi. Although similar efforts were met with success when both Britain and the United States brought street cats to recognized pure breed cats (the Celtic Shorthair and the American Shorthair, respectively) Ruschi attempted his project in 1985. The experimental project involved breeders searching the streets in the cities of Ceara, Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre. Their joint opinion and objective was that Brazil also had a cat with specific characteristics that deserved to be recognized as a unique breed. They recorded their findings, and surprisingly collected similar descriptions of the cats' body shape, coat, head, eyes, nose, muzzle, paws, and tail, which is amazing considering the broad distances between the cities. Based on these similarities, the Brazilian Shorthair breed standard was created. Very few people are involved in breeding the Brazilian Shorthair. A key issue is the random breeding of the cats both within homes and on the streets. However, professional breeding is essential in order to prevent the breed from becoming extinct. Today Mr. Paulo Ruschi is continuing the program in New York, United States.