Characteristics of the British shorthair cats

Personality

Although often referred to as teddy bears of the cats’ world, British shorthairs are most surely real cats and I have two words to describe them: relaxed and dignified. Having an unobtrusive and stable personality they are more likely to hide some discomfort they may struggle with rather than burden you with it. Therefore, observe them with care, their communication methods are quite subtle. They are sensible and adaptable and will comfortably live a peaceful life indoors. They are not prone to acrobatics and would rather have all four paws on the floor or at least some solid surface. They will not climb into your lap too often or bother you with requests for petting, but they will follow you with interest around the house, observing what you do or purr while sitting next to you. They love their owner’s affection and cuddles but they are the ones who will decide how much is enough.
With their intelligent and calm glance they follow all the happenings around them. They vocalize rarely and with just cause. They have friendly manner but show reserved affection.
All the more I cherish when my cats lay next to my feet while I am working in the kitchen or when they quietly climb next to me while I sit, gently placing a paw on my hand asking for petting or when they brush my forehead from sheer affection and wink at me in return of my greetings. Even when my eyes meet theirs for just a moment, from the opposite end of the room, I see that they are carefully observing every movement I make.
Unassertively present, they communicate constantly with unfeigned kindness, sometimes even with a meow. I consider their personality to be their strongest virtue.

Personality

Although often referred to as teddy bears of the cats’ world, British shorthairs are most surely real cats and I have two words to describe them: relaxed and dignified. Having an unobtrusive and stable personality they are more likely to hide some discomfort they may struggle with rather than burden you with it. Therefore, observe them with care, their communication methods are quite subtle. They are sensible and adaptable and will comfortably live a peaceful life indoors. They are not prone to acrobatics and would rather have all four paws on the floor or at least some solid surface. They will not climb into your lap too often or bother you with requests for petting, but they will follow you with interest around the house, observing what you do or purr while sitting next to you. They love their owner’s affection and cuddles but they are the ones who will decide how much is enough.
With their intelligent and calm glance they follow all the happenings around them. They vocalize rarely and with just cause. They have friendly manner but show reserved affection.
All the more I cherish when my cats lay next to my feet while I am working in the kitchen or when they quietly climb next to me while I sit, gently placing a paw on my hand asking for petting or when they brush my forehead from sheer affection and wink at me in return of my greetings. Even when my eyes meet theirs for just a moment, from the opposite end of the room, I see that they are carefully observing every movement I make.
Unassertively present, they communicate constantly with unfeigned kindness, sometimes even with a meow. I consider their personality to be their strongest virtue.

Appearance

STANDARDS (FIFe):
British shorthair cats are medium to large cats
HEAD: round and massive with a broad skull, nose short, broad and straight with a slight indentation, strong chin.

EARS:
small and slightly rounded at tips, set wide apart

EYES:
large, round, wide opened and set wide apart
Colour: copper or orange, blue, odd eyed, green, bluegreen( depending on coat colour)

BODY:
muscular, cobby, strong with broad chest, shoulders and back, well developed neck, strong and short

LEGS:
short and strong, paws round, firm, massive

TAIL:
short and thick, slightly rounded at the tip

COAT:
short and dense with good undercoat

When British shorthair is mentioned people will probably think of several general facts: blue colour, characteristic smile, big final weight in males and their chubby cheeks, generally the round impression they have.
In reality these are truly impressive animals with strong, muscular and compact body, large head with round, broad cheeks which are suggesting a constant smile, big and round paws and short, dense tail with a rounded tip. Amber yellow to orange colour of their eyes is also beautiful.
But there is something else very difficult to describe and it is their fur. Velvety and gentle but also firm because of its density. Some things are hard to describe, you just need to touch them.

STANDARDS (FIFe):
British shorthair cats are medium to large cats
HEAD: round and massive with a broad skull, nose short, broad and straight with a slight indentation, strong chin.

EARS:
small and slightly rounded at tips, set wide apart

EYES:
large, round, wide opened and set wide apart
Colour: copper or orange, blue, odd eyed, green, bluegreen( depending on coat colour)

BODY:
muscular, cobby, strong with broad chest, shoulders and back, well developed neck, strong and short

LEGS:
short and strong, paws round, firm, massive

TAIL:
short and thick, slightly rounded at the tip

COAT:
short and dense with good undercoat

When British shorthair is mentioned people will probably think of several general facts: blue colour, characteristic smile, big final weight in males and their chubby cheeks, generally the round impression they have.
In reality these are truly impressive animals with strong, muscular and compact body, large head with round, broad cheeks which are suggesting a constant smile, big and round paws and short, dense tail with a rounded tip. Amber yellow to orange colour of their eyes is also beautiful.
But there is something else very difficult to describe and it is their fur. Velvety and gentle but also firm because of its density. Some things are hard to describe, you just need to touch them.

A kitten is the rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom

Robert Southey

BRITISH LONGHAIR CAT

This relatively recently recognized breed is a result of honourable intention to save and keep the British shorthair originality, because the breed was almost extinct after the First and Second World War. This has been accomplished by cross breeding with several other breeds, Persian being one of them. That is how a longhair gene entered the British shorthair genome. From time to time, following the recessive gene inheritance, a longhair kitten would appear. For a long time, longhair cats have been excluded from breeding, but this little recessive gene produced quite lovely longhair result- a longhair cat with a character and built of a British shorthair. So, it is not surprising that some breeders liked exactly a longhair Brit and that led to a process of recognition. Today, British longhair cat is recognized by all major feline organizations and from 01.10. 2017. by FIFe as well.

BRITISH LONGHAIR CAT

This relatively recently recognized breed is a result of honourable intention to save and keep the British shorthair originality, because the breed was almost extinct after the First and Second World War. This has been accomplished by cross breeding with several other breeds, Persian being one of them. That is how a longhair gene entered the British shorthair genome. From time to time, following the recessive gene inheritance, a longhair kitten would appear. For a long time, longhair cats have been excluded from breeding, but this little recessive gene produced quite lovely longhair result- a longhair cat with a character and built of a British shorthair. So, it is not surprising that some breeders liked exactly a longhair Brit and that led to a process of recognition. Today, British longhair cat is recognized by all major feline organizations and from 01.10. 2017. by FIFe as well.

A meow massages the heart.

Stuart McMillan

HEALTH

British shorthair cats are healthy and long lived with expected life span of 14-20 years. However, a visit to the vet once a year is necessary for vaccination and general check up.

A meow massages the heart.

Stuart McMillan

HEALTH

British shorthair cats are healthy and long lived with expected life span of 14-20 years. However, a visit to the vet once a year is necessary for vaccination and general check up.

A meow massages the heart.

Stuart McMillan

HEALTH

British shorthair cats are healthy and long lived with expected life span of 14-20 years. However, a visit to the vet once a year is necessary for vaccination and general check up.

HISTORY OF THE BREED

The origin of the British shorthair cat may be traced all the way back to Roman times when their arrived with Roman legions to Great Britain. Roman took them as protectors of food supplies from rodents. They have been domesticated in Great Britain and were highly admired because of their endurance and hunting skills. For example there is a data that white British shorthair cats often lived in mills and protected grains from rodents. When their excellent character surfaced, they quite often became members of British homes. Their great admirer was Harrison Weir, animal lover, writer, painter and judge on animal exhibitions. For them, he said: “Common backyard cat who has survived all kinds of misfortunes. The sheer fact that it still exists gives merits to its endurance and strength of character”. It is his idea to take several representative backyard cats, to define the breed and work on its improvement.
He organized the first great cats’ exhibition in Crystal palace London in 1871. From that moment on, British shorthair cats have become more and more popular and breeding was undertaken by many devoted breeders. Number of breeding cats has shortly decreased when their popularity gave into favour of longhair cats and after the First and Second World War. Prototype of British shorthair has been sustained by cross breeding with some other breeds (domestic, Persian and Russian blue) and breeding continued with excellent results. As the time passed by, many new colours have been introduced and today British shorthair cats have coats and eyes in many colours.
Today British shorthair cats are favourite pets all over the world. They are mostly referred to as an “ideal pet”. That is especially true for our hectic lives nowadays which are enriched by a British shorthair cat with its beauty, quiet character and excellent interaction with its family.

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