British Longhair

The British longhair is a breed of cats which is identical to its companion British shorthair except for the slightly longer coat it possesses. This breed is one of the oldest cat breeds of Great Britain and a highly loyal companion. These cats are quite an expensive purchase owing to their ruddy and salubrious looks. The British longhair has an extensively long coat making it look more acrobatic than its counterpart but even this breed of cats exhibits the same lackluster behavior.

British Longhair Breed Information

Their legacy traces back to Egypt when the Roman soldiers invaded the Great Britain. These cats were imported from Egypt and the first British longhair had been introduced between the years 1914-1918 when the first inter-bred was carried. These imported cats were bred with the Persians and as a result the longhair gene originated. These breed of cats possess the physical characteristics of the British shorthair and a few of the Persian counterparts. Their long velvety coat is an ancestral gift from the Persian cats. This offspring breed of the Persian/British shorthair was greatly affected after the advent of the WW2. Their struggle went on for decades and its only now in May 2009 that they have achieved championship status from The International Cat Association (TICA).
These cats are pretty calm, quite and an easy going with a friendly attitude. Due to their composed nature, this breed of cats makes a really good house cat, since they remain less active the general cats and remain content with a very sedentary and indoor life.
  • Activity Level-3/5 (active enough)
  • Intelligence Level-4/5 (brainy-breed)
  • Curiosity-2.5/5 (moderately curious)
  • Friendliness-4/5 (your new best friend)
  • Vocal-3/5 (usually on the quieter side)
These cats have a strong muscular look with a ball-like body. Their strong body is complimented by their thick plush coat. These teddy bear cats have such a happy smile which reaches up to their eyes. It’s always fun to watch them on the floor dragging their four legs. Don’t worry, it isn’t an earthquake, it’s your British longhair tottering around.
  • Fur- These have a long, thick velvety coat and are counted among the highly furry cat breeds.
  • Eyes- Those big round eyes are too good to describe. The eye color varies from gold, copper and silver. Rarely will you see a blue-green eye colored British longhair.
  • Body structure- These cats have a big round body structure with an equally round torso. These are strong, sturdy cats that are known to have a robust body type.
  • Facial features- The extremely cute breed of cats have lots of cheek and face fat. Their expressions are hilarious and at the same time very dignified and royal.
  • Weight- These cats weigh around 9 to 18 pounds.
Health and Care
One of the most common health diseases faced by the British longhair breeds is the Polycystic kidney disease where a cyst formation results in kidney failure and other fatal impacts caused by the same. A Direct Genetic test for PKD is available from UC-Davis VGL. Unlike the shorthair breed, the longhair should be taken care of a lot more. Brushing their coat regularly is a must due to its long size and also a daily bath is recommended. Since this breed of cats loves food, proper care of their physical exercise routine should be taken. These muscular cats should be engaged in a lot of activities.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at