British Shorthair

Lifespan: 15 - 20 years


Weight: 6 - 12 pounds

British Shorthair Traits

  • Lap Cat

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Intelligence

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Ease of Training

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Grooming Requirements

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Shedding

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Good with Children

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Good with Dogs

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Chattiness

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5

British Shorthair History

  • As its name implies, it originated in Great Britain, but earlier reports indicate they were descendents of domestic cats with wild native cats during the days of ancient Rome.
  • In 1871, a 14-year-old British Shorthair captured Best in Show at the first formal cat show held at the Crystal Palace in London.
  • First arrived in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.
  • The breed's popularity waned during World War I, but has steadily regained is appeal ever since.
  • Accepted by both the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association. Achieved championship status by the CFA in 1980.

British Shorthair Behavior Concerns

  • Affectionate in a dignified manner.
  • Love to leap on laps, but tend to leave because their thick coats combined with your body heat makes them get overheated
  • Smart, loyal and a bit reserved.
  • Exhibits quiet confidence.
  • Not noted for its speed or agility, but delights people with its comical nature.
  • Well-behaved and easy going, ideally suited for apartment living.
  • Best suited for indoor living. Supervise them when outdoors because their docile nature makes them ill-suited against fights from raccoons, coyotes or other predators.

Look of British Shorthairs

  • Trademark color is blue with a tinge of gray but also comes in more than 30 different colors and patterns.
  • The coat breaks over the body's contours, often described as crisp or cracking.
  • Muscular, well portioned in medium to large frames.
  • Round is the key word to describe this breed as it sports round faces, eyes and ears.
  • Thick necks, broad chests, medium-sized legs and rounded paws with a tail thick at the base.
  • Takes up to five years to reach physical maturity.

Grooming British Shorthair Cats

  • Thick, plush coat feels surprisingly velvet to the touch.
  • Run a comb through its coat at least weekly to keep it mat-free and looking healthy.
  • Fares best when you use basic metal or curry combs.
  • Be sure to brush the coat especially during seasonal shedding times.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for British Shorthair

  • Not prone to any diet-related medical condition.
  • Due to its size and relative moderate activity level, measure food portions to prevent this breed from becoming overweight.

Fun Facts of British Shorthairs

  • Author Lewis Carroll immortalized the British Shorthair's "Cheshire-cat like smile" in his classic, Alice in Wonderland.
  • Reported to have more fur per square inch than any other cat breed.

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