British Shorthair

The originally street cats from the United Kingdom have come a long way, making it to the shores of the USA. One of the most popular in the cat shows, the British shorthair are known for their calm composure and affectionate behavior. These teddy bear cats are quite easily trained.

British Shorthair Breed Information

The British shorthair had been named as the Aristocrat among all cats since they are known to be one of the relatively older cats compared to other breeds. Their legacy ages back to 1871 when the first cat show was held in Crystal Palace, London. The British shorthairs became highly talked about after their successful run in the early cat shows. But after WW1, it became highly difficult for the breeders to breed good quality British shorthairs. As a result, unregistered domestic shorthairs were introduced and mixed in the crowd of the few left legendary British shorthairs. After immense struggle and conflict of opinions, the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) granted the British shorthair championship status in May, 1980.
The British Shorthair is easygoing and significantly dignified breed. They are not really as playful and active as others, but they have a sweet nature and are devoted to their owners, which makes them a favourite pet of pet trainers. These cats mix well with other pets and children and can tolerate a good amount of physical interaction. However, they don’t like to be picked up too often.
  • Activity Level: 2/5(laid-back breed)
  • Intelligence Level: 4/5(highly intelligent and vigilant)
  • Curiosity: 2.5/5(highly dignified)
  • Friendliness: 4/5(highly friendly and affectionate)
  • Vocal: 3/5(moderately vocal)
These cats are strong yet compact and give an overall impression of well balanced sturdiness. They have a broad chest with strong thick set of legs coupled with rounded paws. They usually have a medium length but blunt-tipped tails. Their head matches the rest of the body in size and is pretty massive and around with broad cheeks and short muzzle.
  • Fur: These furry cats have coats which require minimum care, brushing with a comb twice a week would do.
  • Eyes: Eye color varies from gold, copper and sometimes blue to green.
  • Body Structure: These sturdy cats have a powerful round body with a broad chest, strong legs and a thick coat.
  • Facial Features: These chubby-cheeked cats have big round eyes and a round head and are popular for their expressive gestures.
  • Weight: Male British shorthairs weigh 12-20 pounds while the females weigh about 8-14 pounds.
Health and Care
Despite of being indolent creatures, these are quite healthy and strong cats. They have a short, thick coat and undergo heavy amounts of shedding in the shedding season. The rare health diseases they face are gingivitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Testing for blood B type for gingival bleeding due to prevalence of blood B type in the breed is important. The British shorthairs are rarely destructive and cats with high etiquette. It is very easy to groom these cats. Weekly brushing of their soft, smooth coat is sufficient and a bath twice a week is good to go. They are such hygienic and flushed looking cats that wiping them once in a while when they look dirty would do. This gorgeous looking cat is highly conscious about its bathroom hygiene. Also, daily brushing of teeth is a must to avoid dental problems. Make sure you trim the nails and clear the ears on a weekly basis. You can wipe the ears with a cotton ball dipped in a mixture of vinegar and warm water.
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