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July 12, 2013

Meet the Cat Breed: The British Shorthair

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The British Shorthair has a bit of that "British Reserve" and isn't going to be in your face, but once he's decided you're "in," he'll be very loyal. Easily spotted by that adorable round face and short, dense coat, this is a cat you won't soon forget!

Physical Characteristics:

The British Shorthair is a medium to large-sized cat with a cobby, sturdy body style. The moon-like face has chubby cheeks and is set with wide, large eyes. The ears are relatively small, rounded and wide set. They are most often associated with the steel blue-gray coat and trademark copper eyes, but these cats can be most any color. The coat is single, short, but very dense and velvety.

History of the Breed:

The British Shorthair is one of the oldest breeds of cat from the UK that traces its lineage all the way to ancient Rome. They were prized for their hunting ability and journeyed with the Romans as they invaided Britain. Since then, the adaptable cat has made its way as a popular show cat and family pet, surpassing even the Persian in registrations in the UK.


The British Shorthair is an easy-going cat with a friendly, affectionate demeanor that is undemanding. They are calm, intelligent and are content with their own company but will be pleased to welcome you home. It is rare for this cat to hiss or scratch, making this tolerant cat suitable for children. They prefer to have all four feet on the ground and are definitely not acrobats.

  • Best suited for: Any family or single person.
  • Preferred living conditions: This cat is adaptable to almost any living situation.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care coat does best with occasional brushing, particularly in the spring and fall shedding seasons to prevent mats.
  • Exercise needs: Enjoys and requires playtime to ensure this cat does not become obese.
  • Life expectancy: 10-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to being overweight. Watch food portions and don't allow this cat to be too sedentary.

Breed Club Links:TICA British Shorthair Perfect Pairings: Zanies Laser Mouse Cat Toy

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Photo courtesy of Roos Bruin.


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