British Longhair Breed

The story of the British Longhair begins with the story of the British Shorthair, cats imported from Egypt who made their way to Great Britain when the Romans invaded. Though one of the oldest breeds, they have changed remarkably little throughout the centuries. As the breed developed and crosses were made with the Persian between 1914 and 1916, the longhair gene was introduced. British Shorthair cats with this longhair gene were introduced into Persian breeding programs, eventually producing the cat we recognize as the British Longhair today.

These friendly British cats are affectionate, attentive, self-sufficient and dignified animals. Males tend to be slightly more playful than their serious female counterparts, but both demand respect and manners. British Longhairs are loyal and loving, but won’t make good lap cats. They enjoy being near people, but not in the middle of any action. These are not an active or acrobatic breed, and in some cases may require extra encouragement to play and exercise in order to maintain a proper weight. These cats are happy to amuse themselves, and may make a good companion for someone who needs to be away from the home for work or other responsibilities.

British Longhairs are a medium to large cat who range from 9-18 pounds, with a strong and powerful body, broad chest, and short, strong legs. Their tails are thick and taper to a slightly rounded tip. They have round heads with short noses and an almost chubby looking face that when combined with its wide open eyes seems to create a smile.

The British Longhair has an extremely dense and plush coat. The coat can tangle and should be brushed daily to avoid mats that come with long hair and with seasonal hair changes. The classic blue remains the most popular color, but the British Longhair comes in a variety of colors.

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