European Shorthair, a common breed, whose origins Scandinavia. Around 1900 came the need to elevate the HTK cats and thereby to develop a breed. This was accompanied by many uncertainties about the breed as the northern European Shorthair had a different breed standard than the more southern European Shorthair.
European Shorthair Soraja
The physique of the European Shorthair is roughly as we know from our own HTK cats.
The legs are of medium height, robust and hearty and the feet are around. The tail is thick at the base and gradually tapers to a rounded point. The ears are quite far apart, something you can find in the British Shorthair, however, at the European Shorthair the length of the ears as high as the width of the base of the ear. The head is relatively large and wide, but not as wide as the British Shorthair and the eyes are round and may have a color that matches the coat. White cats with blue eyes or odd eyed 'eyes allowed. Odd eyed means that one eye is blue and the other eye is, for example, yellow.
All possible colors are permitted in the European Shorthair, from white to black and cream to red to blue. Furthermore, all drawings also allowed, then think for example of tabby or marbled.
Soraja in England arose farms which penetrated firm HTK cats selected and crossed with Persian cats. This breeding method was soon adopted within Europe, which also "European Shorthair" were called, however, there arose much uncertainty about the breed standard.
There were European Shorthair which had exactly the same breed standard as the British Shorthair, but were bred in Europe and so there was the Scandinavian type "European Shorthair" which somewhat resembled the British Shorthair but had a slightly different construction and was not crossed with Persian cats.
In 1982 a request was submitted to the European Shorthair cats that were bred in western Europe and the breed standard had of British Shorthair, adding the British Shorthair Breed, with the result that the current "European Shorthair" a distinct breed standard got its origins in Scandinavia.