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Get to know the British Shorthair Cat Breed

The breed is somewhat reserved, but they have no difficulty giving affection once they know someone.
The British Shorthair cat male and female differ a little in personality. The happy-go-lucky males demand respect but appreciate the attention of everyone. And the more serious females are true British ladies expecting decent form and etiquette from their loved ones. These faithful and loving companion cats desire to be where you are, cuddling up beside you on the couch. Resembling a strong teddy bear, the British Shorthair’s plush coat and smile combined with their excellent disposition makes them a great family member. The British Shorthair fits well to any home with people who will cherish them. It is ideal to keep them indoors to protect them from cars, diseases spread by other cats, and attacks from other animals.

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Background

The story goes that when the Romans invaded Britain, they carried cats with them to better guard their food supplies against rodents along the way. When Romans eventually left, the cats they brought remained behind. Afterward, the breeding of pedigreed cats became a trend in Victorian England. And the British Shorthair (known commonly as the Shorthair in Britain) became one of the first varieties to be developed. The British Longhair came around when breeders made crossbreeds with Persian cats during World War I.

During World War II, the British Shorthairs almost died out, being victims of food shortages that left breeders unable to nourish their cats. Following the war, breeder renewed the breed with crossbreeds to domestic shorthairs, Russian Blues, Persians, and other cats.

TICA is the only cat association to recognize the British Longhair as a variety in 2009. However, the American Cat Association recognized the British Blue in 1967, in 1979 by the International Cat Association, and in 1980 by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Personality & Temperament

The British Shorthair has an easygoing personality. Although they befit their British background, they are somewhat reserved but pretty affectionate once they get to know someone.

A British Shorthair is an intelligent, dignified, and affectionate pet. They’re not usually a lapcat, although they will desire to be by your side on the couch or at least nearby. Female Shorthairs tend to have a serious demeanor, while males have more of an upbeat personality. They don’t like being dragged around, but these laidback felines can get along well with dogs and gentle kids. It’s important to teach children to treat them with respect.

These smiling cats enjoy the attention. They are generally quiet but occasionally have outbursts of crazed activity (called zoomies) before transforming back into your loving, dignified companion. They get along with kids and cat-friendly dogs. They are peaceful and undemanding. While males are larger, easy lugs with an upbeat attitude and a general air of command, females tend to be more serious. Both want only to be with the people they know and trust, not necessarily being carried around or on a lap, but in the same room or next to them. When alone at home, they are satisfied to entertain themselves until you come back.

A calm breed

They are not very active cats. You won’t find them on top of the fridge but instead grounded on the floor. They are intelligent, and they appreciate having toys to play with, mainly if they are interactive. This breed might be more relaxed, but the British Shorthair is clever. So make sure to challenge and keep them interested by providing puzzle toys that reward them with kibble or treats when it learns how to manage them and teach them tricks.
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Characteristics

His short, dense coat comes in various colors and patterns.
Blue is the most common color for British Shorthairs, to the point where some can consider “British Blue” as if it’s an entirely different breed. Their colors and patterns are white, blue, cream, black, various tabby patterns, calico, tortoiseshell, and bi-color (a color plus white). The eyes can be deep gold, green, blue, or copper, depending on the multiple coat colors or patterns he sports.

The British Shorthair is a reflection of roundness: they have a large round head, eyes, and paws. Even their tails have a rounded tip. And while the British Shorthair is big, it isn’t fat. They are stocky, robust, and have a muscular body. They have a broad, full chest with short, strong legs and a short, thick tail to a rounded tip. They have a round head with chubby cheeks, a small nose, and round eyes, which gives them a smiling expression.

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Caring for your British Shorthair

British Shorthair‘s coat is simple to groom with two or three times a week of brushing or combing, to remove dead hair and spread skin oils. You’ll need to brush them more frequently when they shed their coat in anticipation of new growth in the spring and fall.

Trimming the nails as needed, typically weekly. Inspect the ears each week for redness or a bad smell that could symbolize an infection. When the ears look dirty, you should wipe them out with a cotton ball moistened with a mild cleanser suggested by your veterinarian. Brush the teeth daily with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for excellent overall health and good breath. It is best to start brushing, nail trimming, and teeth brushing early, so your kitten is accustomed to this activity.

The British Shorthair is usually healthy but is prone to HMC, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and hemophilia B, a hereditary bleeding disorder. A DNA test allows breeders to identify hemophilia B carriers or affected cats. An echocardiogram can verify whether a cat has HCM.
Maintaining a British Shorthair at a proper weight is one of the simplest ways to protect their overall health and well-being. Make sure to give your cat the best possible life with preventive care from proper grooming, nutrition, and regular vet visits.

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