The British Shorthair is a stocky, compact and powerful cat with a broad chest and sturdy strong legs with a calm, quiet demeanour. The breed was developed in Europe from non-pedigree cats. They are probably the oldest English breed of cat, and can trace their ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome.
The British Shorthair was first known as the British Blue due to it's original and only recognised colour blue. They became known as the British Shorthair in the 50's when a wide variety of colours were incorporated into the breed. British Shorthairs were also first prized for their physical strength and hunting abilities and were considered Great Britain's working cats. Later they became valued as loyal and quiet companions.
The British Shorthair is a well-balanced, medium to large, sturdy cat with a semi-cobby powerful body, a broad chest, short, strong, substantial legs and a thick tail. Round is the key word for the British Shorthair, accurately describing the head, cheeks, eyes and paws. One of the most appealing features of the British Shorthair is their built-in smile caused by their round whisker pads. The smile is like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat; originally a tabby British Shorthair.
The British Shorthair coat is an outstanding feature of the breed. The coat is like no other; short, dense, firm and well-bodied like a deep pile carpet. The coat requires minimal care as the fur does not tangle yet has a very luxurious feel.
British Shorthairs are very intelligent, alert and affectionate cats gifted with lasting patience and a calm, confident nature. A British Shorthair is always in quiet control of its environment, supervising everything their humans do. They are extremely loyal, people oriented cats and are especially good with children and other pet animals. Adapting well to any size household and affectionate to numerous people within their human circle, Brit owners greatly value this breed's loyal, calm and quiet nature.
The British Shorthair is found in nearly all colours of the domestic cat world with blue being the most popular. Other colours include tabby colours, all solids, calicos and bi-colours. It is also possible to find pointed and solid chocolate and lilac coat colours. Eyes are round in shape and come in a variety of colours. Rich gold to cooper colour are found on most British Shorthair, however silver coloured British Shorthairs must have green to hazel eyes. Solid whites Brits can have blue, gold or odd eyes with pointed colours having only blue eyes. The shaded silver and shaded golden British Shorthairs are found with green eyes.
Southern British Shorthair Cat Club UK breed club for breeders and enthusiasts of the British Shorthair.
The British Shorthair Cat : Everything About Acquisitions, Care, Nutrition, Behavior, Health Care, and Breeding by Friedhelm Lessmeier, Karen Leigh Davis (Editor), Ulrich Schanz (Photographer).
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