British Shorthair

British Shorthair
British Shorthair

British Shorthair Cat is the oldest cat breed in England, this cat is thought to have descended from domestic cats imported from Egypt, accompanying the Romans when they invaded Great Britain in 43 AD.

They grew in popularity during the Victorian era when stricter breeding standards were implemented. In the early 1900s, the British Shorthair was crossed with the Persian, introducing a longhair gene.

After both World Wars, this breed was nearly ended. Thanks to cross-breeding, British Shorthairs were revitalized.

In 1967, this breed was accepted by the American Cat Association. It wasn’t accepted by The International Cat Association until 1979 and the Cat Fanciers Association a year later. The breed is now recognized by all cat associations.


The British Shorthair is a medium-sized to large cat and it is a very powerful cat. This cat is heavily muscled, heavy boning, and a rounded thick appearance.

All the components of this breed is well developed. This cat has a broad chest, muscular neck, strong jaws, and a well-developed muzzle. The legs are thick and strong. This is a special cat that was used to keep rodents out of the barn and the house.

The coat of this cat is thick and dense. It becomes much longer and thicker during the winter. The texture of the coat is relatively hard for the protection of the cat.

Coat Length: Short, plush, dense

Age Expectancy: 12 to 17 years

Size: Medium to large, with males weighing 12 to 18 pounds and females weighing 9 to 15 pounds


 The British Shorthair is a very friendly cat to have as a companion.  The cat is a very loyal, loving cat and will attach herself to every one of her family members. While this cat loves to play and doesn’t need hourly attention. If she is in the mood to play, she will find someone and bring a toy to that person. British Shorthair cat plays well by herself, and this is a good companion for single people.

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. 

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so an energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: Daily brushing of the British Shorthair is important, especially during seasonal changes when the coat is thickening or thinning.

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