- 1 What is a British Shorthair?
- 2 British Shorthair cat weight
- 3 British Shorthair cat colors
- 4 British Shorthair shedding
- 5 British Shorthair personality
- 6 British Shorthair temperament
- 7 British Shorthair lifespan
- 8 British Shorthair cat health
- 9 British Shorthair kittens
- 10 British Shorthair breeders
- 11 British Shorthair price
- 12 Is a British Shorthair cat right for me?
- 13 Do you own a British Shorthair cat?
- 14 Sources
- 15 Your Amazing Cat!
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- 17 Body characteristics Edit
- 18 Temperament Edit
- 19 Colors Edit
- 20 BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT-STATS
- 21 BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT PERSONALITY
- 22 BRITISH SHORTHAIR KITTENS
- 23 BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT BREED STANDARD
The British Shorthair is both one of Britain’s oldest and most enduringly popular cat breeds.
This cat is often described as “teddy bear-like”, and this description is as much about personality as about appearance.
The British Shorthair cat makes an excellent first-time feline as well as an ideal family pet.
Read on to learn a great deal more about this wonderful and cherished cat breed!
What is a British Shorthair?
The British Shorthair cat can trace its lineage all the way back to ancient Rome!
Originally working cats, known to be accomplished hunters aboard ships and on the streets, this cat breed had a setback in the mid-19th century.
Only the dedication of breeders kept this cat breed moving forward, and in 1870, the breed was successfully re-established.
In 1874, a British Shorthair cat named Brynbuboo Little Monarch won the Grand Championship of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
It is said that every single British Shorthair cat alive today can trace their lineage all the way back to this particular cat!
British Shorthair cat weight
The British Shorthair cat doesn’t grow up quickly.
It may take three or even five years for a British Shorthair adult cat to reach full weight and size.
The British Shorthair female typically weighs anywhere from 7 to 12 pounds (3.2 to 5.4 kg).
The British Shorthair male typically weighs anywhere from 9 to 17 pounds (4.1 to 7.7 kg).
An adult British Shorthair cat can stand 12 to 14 inches high (paw pads to shoulder).
British Shorthair cat colors
Did you know that the popular British Blue is in fact a British Shorthair?
The British Blue, has taken on an identity of its own with its distinctive grey-blue fur, but this cat breed can show more colors than just grey-blue.
For example, the British Shorthair bicolor may be grey and white (cream).
There is also a British Shorthair tabby, pure cream, black and white, calico, blue spotted, silver red spotted and pure white.
British Shorthair lovers have put together a small gallery of these color variations here.
The British Shorthair cat’s eyes are most commonly a distinctive copper-amber color. But the eyes can also be green, hazel, blue or even odd-colored (two different colored) eyes.
British Shorthair shedding
While the British Shorthair does have short fur, it is very dense and double layer.
The undercoat actually sheds more than the top coat does.
Overall, you will need to commit to regular brushing and grooming (twice per week is best) to keep shedding under control.
The overall look of this cat is sometimes described as “feline bulldog” because of the British Shorthair’s plush coat, stocky appearance and gait.
This is a very balanced looking cat overall when well-bred.
British Shorthair personality
The British Shorthair cat personality is laid back, calm, easygoing, and at times downright lazy.
Watching a British Shorthair lounging on the sofa, it can be hard to imagine them breaking a sweat hunting down rodents on military and trade ships!
Perhaps this beloved cat knows that its working days are done now that it is established in the hearts of humans worldwide!
This breed is a great choice of feline if you have a family or other household pets.
British Shorthair cats are said to love kids and can get along well with dogs and even more exotic pets.
These cats are relatively quiet and do not tend to vocalize too much.
British Shorthair temperament
One important temperament tendency to note: despite this cat’s teddy bear looks, the British Shorthair really doesn’t care much for being picked up or carried (although there are always exceptions).
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But your British Shorthair will want to be where you are and involved in what you are doing – these cats are very affectionate and loving.
Just because they don’t want to be in your arms doesn’t mean they don’t want to be in your presence!
They will also need plenty of exercise and a strict diet to avoid this breed’s tendency to overeat and gain weight.
British Shorthair lifespan
The British Shorthair cat can have a remarkably long lifespan among cat breeds.
The average lifespan is around 14 to 15 years, but some cats have lived as long as 20 years!
Of course, the type of British Shorthair food you feed your cat, how much exercise and enrichment is available and regular attention to preventative veterinary care will all play their part in how long your cat is with you.
British Shorthair cat health
To date, no single cat breed is exempt from at least a handful of heritable health issues.
The British Shorthair cat is no exception, although these cats are generally long-lived and healthy.
Breeders have worked hard to strengthen the lineage and only pair healthy parent cats, which bodes well for you when selecting a British Shorthair kitten from a reputable breeder.
The British Shorthair cat can be particularly prone to obesity, simply because it can be hard to tell if all that bulk is muscle or fat!
Also, once this cat reaches adulthood, their metabolism tends to slow down naturally, meaning the biggest risk of your cat becoming overweight begins after year five or once full height and weight is achieved.
However, the biggest danger is over-feeding during the first year of life, which some owners may do because they assume this kitten will be done growing in 12 months.
But the British Shorthair can take three to five years to reach full adult size and weight.
So here, it is important to pay close attention to portion sizes and calories to avoid over-feeding and too-fast growth, which can be very hard on the bones, muscles and joints.
Your vet can help you plan an age-appropriate diet for each stage of your British Shorthair’s life.
Diabetes in felines is strongly associated with being overweight or obese.
The best way to guard against diabetes in your British Shorthair cat is to pay careful attention to portion size, calories and frequency of feedings!
Rare blood type
One rather unusual health issue that can crop up among British Shorthair cats is a rare blood type, either B or AB.
It is estimated that approximately 47 percent of British Shorthair cats have the common blood type A.
The remaining 53 percent, then, will have either blood type B or the much rarer blood type AB.
This is most significant in kitten-hood (read the next section here to learn more) but can also become a concern if your cat needs a blood transfusion.
Many cat owners today do not know their pet cat’s blood type – in fact, many cat owners (as well as many non-cat owners) don’t know their own blood type!
But for your cat’s health and safety, it is best to ask your vet to do a blood type test and have it written down prominently in your cat’s medical chart, just in case there is ever a veterinary emergency.
Also hemolytic anemia, neonatal isoerythrolysis occurs when the kitten’s blood type doesn’t match the mother’s blood type.
When this occurs, the mother’s body may produce antibodies against the kitten’s blood type, and pass them onto her kitten when she nurses them.
Once in the kitten’s bloodstream, the antibodies begin to destroy the kitten’s red blood cells.
Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a common cause of fading kitten syndrome.
To protect litters, a simple blood swab test of the parents should be done to rule out blood type incompatibility.
Unless you plan to breed your British Shorthair cat, this health issue likely won’t be a cause for concern.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is more common in the British Shorthair cat than in some other cat breeds.
The major health signs include bad breath, red gums or gum inflammation.
Gingivitis can flare up as your kitten’s adult teeth start to come in, especially if the baby teeth don’t want to budge.
This irritates the gums and can create inflammation and redness that leads to gum disease.
One possible reason why gingivitis affects more British Shorthair cats in adulthood is because they have shorter noses and faces than some other cat breeds.
While they are not considered flat faced (brachycephalic), their shorter faces can crowd the teeth in a bit too close for comfort.
This can cause overcrowding and, in time, inflammation, which can lead to gum disease.
Careful attention to your cat’s oral health should help you detect any early warning signs.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
This disease is thought to stem from outbreeding British Shorthairs with Persian cats when British Shorthair breeding stock is low.
Polycystic Kidney Disease is a common problem of Persian cats.
Polycystic kidney disease causes cysts to grow on the kidney, slowing down function and eventually leading to kidney failure.
Medications can help to slow down the disease but there is no cure at this time.
It is caused by a genetic mutation, which, luckily, it can be detected via a DNA test – usually with a simple swab done at your vet’s clinic.
Potentially affected kittens or cats can have an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis, and breeding cats can be tested for their carrier status before a planned mating takes place.
On a positive note, breeders have come a long way in reducing the incidence of PKD in British Shorthairs.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
HCM is when the heart muscle begins to thicken, and it can make the heart’s job of keeping the blood pumping harder to do.
There are a number of diagnostic tests that can help to detect whether a kitten or cat may have the disease.
HCM can be inherited or acquired, and breeding stock cats can be tested by their vet to find out the risk of them passing HCM on to their kittens.
British Shorthair kittens
British Shorthair kittens temperament is said to be lively, intelligent and active overall.
While adult British Shorthair cats are often described as “couch potatoes,” this certainly isn’t the case for a British Shorthair kitten!
When you are selecting a British Shorthair kitten out of a litter, you always want to look for a kitten that has clear eyes and ears, and even, healthy-looking fur.
They should have a curious and confident demeanor, a willingness to interact and play with you and littermates and a willingness to be handled.
These qualities will help you pick the healthiest, friendliest British Shorthair kitten to share your life with.
British Shorthair breeders
British Shorthair cat breeders are not difficult to find, since the British Shorthair is a very popular cat breed!
An alternative if you are not able to find a breeder who can work with your timeline is British Shorthair cat rescue.
This is a great way to give a relinquished kitty a new chance at a good life.
British Shorthair price
The British Shorthair cat price is one that can cause a bit of sticker-shock in some first-time owners of this breed.
The range starts around $1,000 and can easily go up to $3,500 or more.
The British Shorthair cost can vary depending on a number of factors, including gender, coloration, birth order, lineage, cattery honors or awards and championship sire/dam status.
When asking how much is a British Shorthair cat, be sure to find out about everything that the price includes!
Typically, the price should include a six to 12-month initial health guarantee, pedigree papers, spay/neuter service, and a take-back offer if your new kitten doesn’t work out for some reason.
Is a British Shorthair cat right for me?
The choice is yours – the British Shorthair cat has a very distinct personality that will be a better fit for some owners than for others!
If you are seeking a calm, self-contained cat that is also loving, affectionate and great within a diverse family setting, perhaps you will choose the British Shorthair!
Do you own a British Shorthair cat?
Is it the classic British Blue, or does your feline wear different colors?
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Tell us what you think in the comments section!
Bertone, C., “About the British Shorthair,” Cat Fanciers Association, 2018.
Bullock, S., et al, “British Shorthair,” The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, 2018.
Miller, A., et al, “Guidelines for Healthy and Responsible Breeding,” The British Shorthair Breed Advisory Committee, 2010.
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The British Shorthair is a domesticated cat. Its features make it a popular breed in cat shows. It has been the most popular breed of cat registered by the UK’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) since 2001 when it overtook the Persian breed. The British Shorthair is the descendant of cats brought to Britain by the Romans, which were interbred with wild native cats. Later they were crossbred with Persian cats to improve the thickness of their coat. The breed was defined in the 19th century and British Shorthairs were shown at the 1871 Crystal Palace cat show. The popularity of the breed had declined by the 1940’s, but since the end of the Second World War, breeding programs have intensified and the breed’s popularity is high once again.
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British Shorthairs have dense, plush coats that are often described as crisp or cracking, which refers to the way the coat breaks over the cat’s body contours. Eyes are large, round and widely set. They can be a variety of colours, though the copper or gold eyes of the British cream are the best known. They have round heads with full, chubby cheeks and a body that is rounded and sturdy. British Shorthairs are large and muscular, and are described as having a cobby build. The breed has a broad chest, shoulders and hips with short legs, round paws and a plush but not fluffy tail that ends in a round or blunt tip. These are the characteristics listed in most governing bodies breeds standards to which show cats must conform. The males of this breed are larger than the females, and the size difference between them is more easily noticed compared to other breeds. The males average weight is 4.5-8 kilograms, whereas a female would weigh 3.6-7.2. As with many breeds, the adult males may also develop prominent cheek jowls that distinguish them from their female counterparts. The typical lifespan of this breed is 14 to 20 years.
The British Shorthair Cat is a very strong cat, with a body shape which people refer to as square, as their nearly as long in length as they are broad. The legs on the British Shorthair are quite thick, but also very small, this is to hold up their very heavily muscled body. Due to the broad shape of the cat and also its amount of muscle this typе of cat is often referred to as the bull dog of the cat world. The male version of the cat is much larger than the female, as they are a lot broader and rounder. Both of these cats however are quite imposing and this sometimes causes people to be put off. British Shorthair Cats have heads which are very broad and also quite large. Their cheeks are chubby, which gives them a notably chipmunk appearance. Their eyes also stand out a lot as they tend to be large and of a copper colour. Relatively small sized ears with rounded tips which are set very far apart on the opposite sides of the head make the head look quite domed. Finally, they have a snub nose which is quite form and a slightly rounded chin which helps to emphasises the powerful jaw and the round head this breed of cat has.
British Shorthairs come in many colours. For many years, the more popular cream variant was common enough to have a breed name of its own the British Cream. It remains one of the most popular colours in the breed, but there are now an unlimited variety of other colour and pattern variations accepted by most feline governing bodies and associations. These include the colours black, blue, white, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn. They can be bred in self or solid, which is all the one colour as well as the colourpoint, tabby, shaded and bicolour patterns. All colours and patterns also come in the tortoiseshell pattern, which is a combination of red and cream with other colours.
British Shorthairs are an easygoing breed of cat. They have a stable character and take well to being kept as indoor-only cats, making them ideal for apartment living. They are not terribly demanding of attention, though they will let their owner know if they feel like playing. They enjoy mouse type or stick style toys. They are not hyperactive cats, preferring to sit close to their owners rather than on them. They might supervise household activities from a comfortable perch or perhaps the floor. They are sometimes termed the bulldog of cats.
British Shorthairs are wonderful cats for people who work, as they are very happy to simply laze around the house while their owner is out. They do not get destructive or need other animals for company, though they do enjoy having another British Shorthair or a cat with similar temperament around.
They like attention and enjoy being petted. They are not a very vocal breed but will meow to communicate with their owners, for example when they are hungry and their food is being prepared. They may also meow at their favourite toy as they play with it. British Shorthairs have a tendency to follow people from room to room, as they may want to be with their owner and see what is going on. Some do not mind being cuddled, but most prefer to keep four paws on the ground and be patted rather than picked up.
The breed has become a favourite of animal trainers because of its nature and intelligence, and in recent years these cats have appeared in Hollywood films and television commercials.  They can learn small tricks spontaneously.
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The British Shorthair cat is a full-bodied, short-legged cat with a large head, very full, wide cheeks, and large, round forward-facing eyes. This is a beautiful, classically shaped cat, with a very cat-like personality.
Originating in ancient Rome and brought to the British Isles 3000 years ago, the Brit has one of the oldest written breed standards, with exhibitions recorded as early as 1870!
It has a somewhat sour expression, and true champions of the breed have a very pronounced and distinctive dished contour to the face , as well as impressive width to the head, particularly across the jowls.
The coat is short and very dense with a tendency to some heavy shedding.
The attitude can be a bit serious and thoughtful, and individuals tend to enjoy solitude and a less hectic pace to the household.
If you are looking for a mellow, non-demanding, and dignified companion, this may be the cat for you.
This breed may have a low activity level but a very quick mind and has been widely used in film, television and stage acts because of its intelligence and ability to learn complex tasks.
Several versions of the famous commercial star "Morris the Cat" were a British Shorthairs and they had the ‘tude to prove it.
BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT-STATS
BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT PERSONALITY
The personality of the British shorthair is mellow and dignified, in fact, the qualities that have made this cat such an outstanding companion for so many centuries are brimming in the modern British Shorthair, and this lovely cat can be the answer to a busy working singles pet dilemmas.
These cats will join you for your morning coffee, snuggle with you as you watch the evening news, and never pester or get underfoot.
They cool, relaxed kitties and will not plead with you to stay if you grab your car keys. They actually revel in a little alone time and are quite content to lounge about the apartment while you put in a full days work — wonderful!
The British Shorthair cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest cat organization. and is one of the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. They have one of the first established breed standards, and individuals were exhibited in cat shows as early as 1870.
A good choice for a quiet lifestyle and a cat that does not require lots of fuss or attention
In fact, they are so laid-back that they are prone to obesity, so care must be taken with diet. Shedding may be high and regular grooming is desired.
These are sturdy medium-sized cats that have perhaps a higher than average risk of kidney stones and urinary tract issues, but no other breed-related health issues.
Because it is reletively sedate and enjoys moderate interaction, the British Shorthair cat makes a fine pet for older folks, or apartment dwellers, and a nice family cat that can do well with older, considerate children. -British Shorthair Cat Facts
BRITISH SHORTHAIR KITTENS
British shorthair kittens are particularly laid back and easy to care for. They are extremely bright and quick to learn the household routine.
They are busy and curious, of course, and may put themselves in precarious situations until they learn their limitations.
Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing a British Shorthair kitten.
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong urge to explore.
In Appearance, the British shorthair kitten is very much a miniature adult. The large round head and cobby form are present even in the littlest Brits, and the confidence is there too.
They tend to grow at an average rate and reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and maturing to full size and weight at about one year old.
Because this is a very popular cat, breeders of pedigree British Shorthair cats can be found relatively easily, and the price is usually affordable for a pure-bred kitten.
BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT BREED STANDARD
Head Shape: The head should be large, broad and well rounded with full, even "chubby" cheeks, a broad, well-formed muzzle with strong chin and, in show specimens, a flat or even "dished" quality from forehead to the middle of the nose. This gives a very unique and instantly recognizable profile to the breed. Expression is important and should be sincere and beautifully enhanced by the very large, round eyes. The eye color may be any, but their are some requirements with certain of the many coat colors available.
Body and Tail: The body is medium to large, not much longer than tall, with the most important factor being quality and width. A broad chest and hips with flattened top line, the cat should be wide when viewed from above, but muscular and well-kept. The neck should be short and with a bull-dog quality, especially evident in males. The legs are medium in length, well-boned, strongly muscled and with large round, well-knuckled feet. The tail is medium in length, wide with only a slight taper and carried at back level when relaxed.
Coat: The coat should be short and very dense.
Pattern: Although many cats of this breed are blue in color, a large variety of colors and patterns are accepted with lengthy explanations of each color’s desired appearance. Each individual Cat Breed Association has their own specific preferences.
Overall Appearance: This should be a medium to large size cat of great substance. Bone and muscle should be powerful, broad and high-quality. Thick, but not fat. Stocky but not soft. These are well-rounded, pleasant and intelligent cats.