The British Shorthair cat is well known for its sturdy body and shape in the UK and worldwide. They are exceptional and calm cats who accept other pets. While they are not very affectionate, British Shorthair cats tend to get along with everyone.
Long ago, Roman invaders brought the ancestors of British shorthairs to the UK. They began mingling with the European wildcats, which led to a new mix of Shorthair cats. Throughout the years, people started to love their unique personalities and wanted to adopt them. Harrison Weir began to breed these cats in the late 1800s.
Two world wars, WWI and WWII, destroyed this breed, and almost no British Shorthairs were left after World War II. The Shorthairs were bred again with the help of other cats.
Size and Appearance
Males weigh 12 to 20 pounds, and females weigh 8 to 14 pounds. They have a height of 12 to 14 inches.
They have a big round head, round eyes, rounded paws and around and sturdy body. They have a short, thick and dense coat, which comes in varying colours and patterns. Blue-grey cats, commonly referred to as British blues, are the most sought after colour among fans of British shorthair cats.
With their plump cheeks and round body, they look like cuddly teddy bears.
Nature and Characteristics
British Shorthairs have beautiful personalities. They are just the right amount of energetic and active. Although they may not be looking to snuggle at every opportunity, they are happy to be held and cuddled. They are clever and laid-back. They are quiet and will love giving you company. This breed is friendly and gets along well with its family and other pets.
Common health problems in British Shorthairs are:
- Digestive issues
- Unsettled stomach
- Ear infections
British Shorthairs are relatively healthy cats who are not usually affected by genetic diseases. Uncommon problems found in these cats are gingivitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
They live for 15 to 20 years.
Diet and Exercise
British Shorthairs are moderately active, so a healthy diet and a little playtime every day will keep your British Shorthair cat healthy.
Care and Grooming
British Shorthair’s short, smooth coat requires minimal grooming. Brushing their coat once every week is enough. Their teeth have to be brushed at least once every week to avoid periodontal disease. Trim their nails and clean their ears once per week. Clean the corner of their eyes to get rid of any discharge.
They shed, but not too much. However, they shed seasonally in spring and fall. Their coat has to be brushed more often during those times.
The British Shorthair is best kept indoors to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, prevent attacks by other stray animals and prevent them from being stolen.
British Shorthairs are beloved by all. They do not need a lot of care or attention. Overall, this docile cat is perfect for living with families with children.