British Shorthair Breed

The history of the British Shorthair begins with cats who were imported from Egypt to Rome and then accompanied the Romans as they invaded Great Britain. An old and long-standing breed, they have changed very little over the years. In the early 1900s, a Persian breeding program was introduced and the British Longhair began its development. Early on, these shorthair cats were considered two types of the same breed, the strong and compact British and the long and sleek Russian. Today they are considered unique breeds.

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 Shorthairs are loyal and loving, but won’t make good lap cats. They enjoy being near people, but not in the middle of any action. They enjoy being petted and will meow occasionally as a means of communicating with their owners. 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. They are an easy to train breed, and have long been favored for appearances in movie, television and shows because of this.

British Shorthairs 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 Shorthair has an extremely dense and plush coat. Their short coat won’t tangle easily but should be brushed often to avoid mats that come 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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