British Shorthair

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A white of British Shorthair Cat
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Often dubbed as the perfect family kitty, the British Shorthair cat easily adapts to any adjustments in a home. Pet the cat nicely, and you will have the best companion for kids and cat-friendly dogs due to his affectionate and gentle nature. They live up to 12-17 years.

Physical Characteristics of British Shorthair Cats

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Round eyes, round head with a short nose, rounded paws, and rounded tail tip are the key physical characteristics of the British Shorthair. The working cat is medium to large in size. With its solid, muscular body, chubby cheeks, cobby body, whisker pads, and a dense short plush coat, the kitty looks like a cuddly teddy bear that has short legs and a broad chest.

The kitty has wide eyes, a short muzzle, medium-sized ears with rounded tips and broad base, a thick, short neck, broad cheeks, and a short tail. Their dense plush coat comes in an array of colors and patterns and requires brushing and cleaning thrice a week, with the most striking one being blue. For this reason, the British Shorthair cat is sometimes known by the sobriquet British Blues. Because of his physical characteristics, the Shorthair is often described as the Bulldog of the feline community.

Relatively slow to mature, the British Shorthair cat reaches full physical development only once they reach three years of age. Their coat is the most defining character of this cat breed, which has a unique plush, crisp texture without an undercoat.

Personality and Temperament of British Shorthair Cats

A dignified, intelligent, and affectionate companion, the British Shorthair cat prefers to remain laid back, with its slightly reserved nature. Perhaps, the kitty has inherited the grandeur and regal character of the British aristocracy that patronized the cat as favorite. The cats are quite affectionate once they get to know you. But they don’t enjoy being hauled around or getting involved in high energy activities once they are past kitten-hood. They do get along well with friendly pets. The perfect family pet, the Shorthair is usually quiet, with stable behavioral patterns and independent nature.

Teach your children how to treat the British Shorthair cat with respect, and they will remain calm and tolerant with them, enjoying their company. Though they aren’t lap cats and prefer to maintain dignity with their feet on the ground, the genial British cats enjoy your presence and want to be where you are.

It is due to their relatively good-natured, dignified appearance and easy-going and calm temperament that make them a favorite of cat trainers and frequent media star. One of their defining personality characteristics is their quiet nature, using voice only when they need something and attracting attention in an undemanding manner.

Health and Care of The British Shorthair Cat

Since the British Shorthair cat loves food and is not too active, they rarely get an opportunity to burn calories. As a result, they are at a high risk of obesity. They are heavy, with a solid muscular body weight ranging from 4 to 9 kg.

Pet parents must be careful about feeding the Shorthair according to their nutritional requirements, so they do not get obese. Though the Shorthair is generally healthy, the cat breed is often vulnerable to gingivitis, hemophilia, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. A heart disorder, HCM is the thickening of the heart muscle.

The affectionate British Shorthair cats have a normal lifespan of 12 to 17 years, depending on their overall health. The best way to keep them healthy is to keep them at an appropriate weight.

History and Background of The British Shorthair Cat

A native of England, the British Shorthair cat traces its history back to the times when the Romans invaded Britain, bringing these beautiful cats along with them to protect their food supplies from cats, mice, and rodents. The cats remained behind when the Romans left.

They were the first of pedigreed cats to be bred in Victorian England. During the World War II, the British Shorthair cat almost disappeared, and the breed was revived with crosses to Persian cats, Russian Blues, and Domestics. The British registered the progeny only after three generations of British to British cat breeding. The British Blue got recognition world over later in 1967, when the American Cat Association recognized the breed. In 2009, TICA became the only cat association to recognize the Longhair as a variety.


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