Cat Breeds 101: British Shorthair!

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The British Shorthair is and extremely popular breed of cat in Europe and is starting to be seen more often in the US. As a descendant of hard-working farm cats, this breed is built for strength and skill. [1]

Beginning in the 19th century, it became popular in England to own a cat. Felines were brought to England from the far corners of the British Empire. However, the presence of foreign cats encouraged the development of a cat that would be considered native and truly British. This resulted in the British Shorthair. [2]

Although they are also known as the British Blue, the British Shorthair can be found in a variety of colors and patterns. The breed may appear in lilac, fawn, cinnamon, red, cream, white, black, and chocolate. British Shorthairs also have blue, copper, or gold eyes.

These cats grow slowly and often do not reach maturity until the age of three. Compared to all other domestic cat breeds, this cat has the densest coat. Their fur may shed excessively in certain seasons. [3]

The British Shorthair is known for its easygoing attitude. This cat is rarely demanding, but may make its desire for play known to its owner. These cats are not normally destructive and can thrive in an apartment. [4] Furthermore, they become extremely attached to those who take care of them.

The British Shorthair is usually relaxed and calm. They can tolerate being with children. They love to be with their owners, but most of them are not lap cats. In fact, due to their independent nature, they most often dislike being picked up or grabbed at.

British Shorthairs are generally considered to be intelligent cats. They are highly adaptable creatures and are loved by trainers because of their aptitude for learning tricks.

Compared to other breeds, British Shorthairs do not require excessive grooming. However, during shedding season it is wise to brush them in order to avoid hairballs.

[1] The Complete Cat Breed Book (Penguin, 2013).
[2] James Richards, ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet (Chronicle Books, 1999).
[3] Jill C. Wheeler, British Shorthair Cats (ABDO, 2012).
[4] Nicolae Sfetcu, About Cats (Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014).

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