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British Shorthair


“In the late 19th century, the Cheshire Cat of Lewis Carroll’s (1865) Alice in Wonderland was depicted as a British Shorthair tabby. Around the same period, English breeders, including Harrison Weir, had begun selectively breeding the most beautiful mixed breed cats, which were shown for the first time at London’s Crystal Palace in 1871. These cats were called British Shorthairs to distinguish them from foreign and oriental breeds and from longhaired breeds such as the Angora. The British Shorthair is the counterpart of the European Shorthair and the American Shorthair.

In 1901, the British Cat Club was formed. The first British Shorthairs (mostly blues) resembled the Chartreux. As a result, the two breeds were crossed, to such an extent that the F.I.Fe decided to combine the two and recognize just one breed. But, in 1977, the F.I.Fe once again separated the two breeds and prohibited crossing of the two breeds.

Following World War II, British Shorthairs were crossed with Persians to add mass and to fill out the British Shorthairs silhouette, as well as to increase the range of coat colors. New patterns, such as colorpoint, were recognized. In the US, where the breed was crossed with American Shorthairs, the British Shorthair was recognized by the C.F.A. in 1980. The most recent standard established by T.I.C.A. was published in 1993. The French F.F.F. recognized the breed in 1979. British Shorthairs are extremely popular.”



“GENERAL: Medium to large. Weight: 4 to 8 kg. Semi-cobby to cobby body type (compact). Powerful, muscular, well-knit.

NECK: Short, thick and muscular.

BODY: Compact, well-knit. Broad chest, shoulders and rump. Muscular.

LEGS and PAWS: Short and strong. Well boned and muscled. Round paws.

TAIL: Length is equal to 2/3 the length of the body. Thick at the base and tapering slightly to a rounded tip.

COAT: Short, dense and well bodied. Firm to the touch. Plus, giving the impression of natural protection. Abundant undercoat. British Longhairs also exist, the result of the introduction of too much Persian blood. All colors permissible. The British Blue is the most popular variety.

HEAD: Round, broad and massive. Full cheeks. Distinctive muzzle. Short, broad, straight nose with a gentle dip (but no nose break). Firm chin forming a perpendicular line with the nose.

EARS: Medium in size, wide at the base with rounded tips. Moderately wide set.

EYES: Large, round and set wide apart. Color appropriate to coat color (copper, gold, blue, green, blue-green, odd eyed).”



“This calm, good-tempered, easygoing cat looks like a teddy bear. British Shorthairs are excellent, well-balanced companions that adapt easily to life in the city or in the country /where they can act on their strong hunting instinct).

The British Shorthair gets along well with other cats and dogs. He is lively, playful and very affectionate, but not to the point of being bothersome.

This hard breed does not reach full maturity until two or three years of age. Onset of puberty is relatively late. Weekly brushing and combing is sufficient.

During shedding season (this cat sheds a lot), daily brushing is required.”


The Royal Canin Cat Encyclopedia