Britsh Shorthair cats are recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in the UK as the most popular feline breed since 2001. On the same year, the breed overcame Persian as the most popular breed.
British shorthairs are believed to be one of the oldest breeds of English cats. Their ancestors are claimed to have originated from Rome. They were highly valued before because of their impressive hunting abilities as well as their physical strength.
Though they are also named the British blue, British shorthairs come in various colors and markings. The breed normally has a plush and dense coat. Though they are usually blue in color, these cats may also appear in lilac, fawn, cinnamon, red, cream, white, black, and chocolate colors. The breed also have large round eyes which usually come in blue, copper, and gold colors.
They are the type that reach their maturity stage very slowly. In fact, they only achieve their full size when they are three years old. Along with their muscular and large bodies, British shorthairs are known to have short legs, and broad shoulders and chest. In addition to their weight, males are distinguished from their female counterparts by the presence of prominent cheek jowls. 
In terms of temperament, British shorthairs are known to be easygoing. Although the breed does not “talk” frequently, British shorthairs are generally considered as very affectionate. In fact, they get attached easily to people who own them. 
They are usually relaxed and calm. They can tolerate being with children around. They love to be with their owners, but most of them are not lap cats. In fact, some don’t like being carried by their owners. Also, many of this breed are fairly independent and prone to spend much time snoozing. 
British shorthair is a breed of cat that is generally considered as intelligent. They easily learn tricks, thus making them one of the favorites of animal trainers. They are also adaptable.
On the other hand, they are the type that can handle apartment life. Generally, they are known to be undemanding of their owner’s attention, though they will definitely let their owners know that they are up for playing.
Compared to other breeds, British shorthairs do not require excessive grooming regularly. However, their coats need to brushed often during shedding season to prevent the occurrence of hairballs.