British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair is one of Britain's first pedigree cats and one of the most popular breeds in the UK.  Read more about the British Shorthair Cat in our breed profile.

History of the British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair cat originates from domestic shorthaired cats kept within the UK that included descendants of domestic cats brought into Britain by the Romans. The British Shorthair cat was developed as a breed in the late 1800s and was later out crossed to other breeds including the Russian Blue and was first known as the British Blue, being renamed the British Shorthair cat in the 1950s.

Characteristics of the British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair cat has a round face with full cheeks and short nose. The eyes are large and round and the ears are small and rounded. The body of the British Shorthair cat is compact with a deep, broad chest. The legs are short and strong with round paws and the tail is thick. The coat is short and dense.

Colour of the British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair cat is seen a large variety of coat colours including white, black, blue, red, cream, lilac, chocolate, tortoiseshell and more. With the addition of white British Shorthair cats can also be bi and tri-coloured cats. Patterns seen in the British Shorthair cat include tabby, spotted colour pointed and tipped.

Size of the British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair cat is a large sized cat.

Character of the British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair cat is a hardy, affectionate, loyal, calm, patient, gentle and quiet cat. They can be playful but can also be lazy at times.

Lifespan Of The British Shorthair Cat

The lifespan of the British Shorthair cat is 14-20 years.

Requirements of the British Shorthair Cat

British Shorthair cats have no special requirements.

Inherited Diseases of the British Shorthair Cat

Although most British Shorthair cats are healthy, a hereditary disease that is known to appear in the breed is Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) that typically shows at around 7 years of age and leads to kidney failure. Cats can be screened for the disease before symptoms appear, therefore cats should be scanned for PKD prior to breeding and only bred if a negative result is returned.

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