British Shorthair

Personality:

  • Reserved, but become devoted pets after overcoming initial shyness.
  • Placid, no-nonsense nature.
  • Very hardy, healthy breed.

History:

Breed was originally introduced to England by the Romans.  When Rome fell and trade with Britain ceased, cats on the British Isles bred within a limited gene pool, resulting in cats with unique characteristics.  The breed almost became extinct during World War II, but outcrossing with Persians helped to re-establish the breed.  Considered a rare cat in the United States until 1980 when they were recognized for championship by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).

Body Type:

  • Medium- to large-sized, well-balanced cat with a broad chest and powerful body.
  • Head is round with full cheeks and medium-sized, round-tipped ears.
  • Eyes are large, round, and correspond to coat color.

Coat:

  • Coat is short, dense, and plush.
  • Eighteen colors are available including white, black, cream, black smoke, blue smoke, tabby patterns, tortoiseshell, calico, blue-cream and bi-color.

Health and Wellness:

  • Genetically linked physical problems have not been reported.

What you should know:

  • Dislike being picked up unless body and all four feet are well supported.
  • Since blue is the most popular color, there may be a waiting period before a kitten of this color is available.
  • Choose a kitten from a reputable breeder who has raised your kitten under foot (not in a cage) to ensure your pet will be easy to handle and people-oriented.