About Breed



British Shorthairs are oftens more than happy to be indoor cats. They are easygoing in nature and talk infrequently, very affectionate and they become quite attached to the people they own. British Shorthairs are easily trained and very adaptabtable. They are good with children and other animals. They do not continuosly demand human attention and are very quiet, but are usually not fond of being carried, if they wont they will let their owner know if they feel like playing. British Shorthairs are the great supervisors. They watch everything and even follow you from room to room to make sure you adhere to your daily routine.The British Shorthair is a great family pet because it is more then willing to spread its love and attention to everyone.


Caring for a British is not difficult. One of the reasons that the British Shorthair became so popular was because it needed no grooming, the coat requires only weekly brushing The coat is short and dense and the cat can easily look after it itself..


The British Shorthair is one of the largest breeds of cats. It is very muscular, chunky and substantial. The legs are short and strong with round paws, thail is thick and of medium lenght the tip is rounded. The head is large and set on a short neck, their eyes are large and round and set wide apart. The chin is deep and strong, the ears are small and rounded. The coat is short, dense and should not show any tendency to softness or fluffiness. The British Shorthair is bred in over one hundred colour and coat pattern combinations, but blue remains one of the most popular colours of British Shorthairs. The colours black, blue, white, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn can are all usually recognised by most feline assotiations. Shorthairs can be bred in "self" or "solid" which is one colour as well as the colourpoint, tabby, shaded, bicolour patterns and tortoiseshell pattern which is a reddish and cream combination with other colours. Eye colour is different on different coat colours: Orange eyes are found in solid colours, tabbies , white, smoke, bicolour. Blue eyes are found in white, bicolours and colourpoints (but bare in mind that the blue of a colourpoint is genetically different from the blue in a white cat!). Green eyes are found in black/blue silver shaded and silver tabbies. The average life span of these cats is 15-18 years, although many live past that age.


Probably the oldest English breed of cat, the British Shorthair cat trace its ancestry back to the domestic cats of Rome. The first shorthair cats were probably brought to Britain by invading Roman troops. This breed was first prized for its physical strenght and hunting ability and may have started out as street cats in the United Kingdom. In the 19th century, cat fancier Harrison Weir began breeding strong, hardy specimens of the typical street cat. He exhibited these cats at the nation's first cat show, held at London's Crystal Palace in 1871.