Evolution of the Shorthair Cat

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What is the ancestor of shorthaired cats?

Evolution of the Shorthair Cat

Most authorities believe that the short-haired breeds are derived from the Caffre cat, F. libyca, a species of African wildcat domesticated by the ancient Egyptians perhaps as early as 2500 BC and transported by the Crusaders to Europe, where it interbred with the indigenous smaller wildcats.
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