The British Shorthair - Cozy, Beautiful Feline From the Isles

Rob Spencer @ 2020-04-08 18:48:16 +0100

The British Shorthair - Cozy, Beautiful Feline From the Isles

So British! The noble pedigree cat with lush fur will suit you if you are after a balanced feline with low maintenance. Due to their unique interplay of calm character and beautiful exterior, the British Shorthair has often been used as eye catchers in television and advertisements for years.

Whether in silver, tabby, white or blue, as kittens or adults, the beautiful British felines have contributed to adverts for decades, so much so that they have become among the top ranks among the most popular pedigree cats.

British Shorthair Character

Experts generally say that the colours of the British Shorthair have different characteristics. Cream coloured cats are cuddly, bicoloured are spirited, blue distant and red clingy. However, in general the character of the cat is characterised by comfort.

British Shorthair Posture

They are very adaptable and just as satisfied as a house cat as they would be in free litter. The British shorthair likes the company of other cats. At first, however, they are somewhat distant towards strangers or unknown people. In the spirit of "My home is my castle" they keep visitors at a distance. The cat is not prone to pranks typical of cats and proves to be a very uncomplicated roommate. However, they expect due attention from their owner. If they want to cuddle, we would recommend doing so as consistency is key. Since the British Shorthair tends to be comfortable, you should keep your British dog a little busy and ask them to play. Otherwise the relaxed parlor tiger becomes a chubby couch potato.

British Shorthair Colours

Since the 1970s, the British Shorthair has been an independent breed with over 50 recognized single and multi-colored variants. Typical British shorthair colors are full colors such as black, white, blue, cream, red, chocolate, fawn, lilac and cinnamon. There are also patterns such as point, two-tone and variants of the so-called tabby colour scheme, classic, spotted and mackerel. A common feature of British shorthair is the so-called "odd eyes" I.e. different colored eyes. Orange, copper, blue and green are typical eye colors.

Grooming of the British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is easy to care for, with one exception. Because of its particularly fine fur, the cat tends to "fluff", you should therefore regularly use a brush and a vacuum cleaner, especially when changing fur.

History of the British Shorthair

The development of the British Shorthair was started by the Romans. They brought cats to Britain, where the animals developed into their own successful cat type over time due to the isolated island location and the climate. Initiated by the cat lover Harrisson Weir, a breed with tradition was born. By 1871 at the first breeding show, the British Shorthair was already well represented. Crossbreeding with Persian cats made the appearance of the British shorthair even more compact and the fur thicker. After the war, however, the breeding stock on the island had declined so much that Persians and Carthusians were crossed in again to save the British Shorthair, with the result that Carthusians and blue British Shorthair had to be temporarily combined.

Special Features

One unusual feature of the British Shorthair is that they, generally speaking, aren't afraid of water. Nevertheless, they should only be bathed in extreme circumstances.


  • Race: British Shorthair, also called BKH or British Shorthair
  • Origin: Great Britain
  • Size: medium to large, fully grown at the age of two
  • Weight: Cat 3.5 to 6 kg, cat 6 to 8 kg
  • Physique: compact, short body, muscular build
  • Head shape: large round head with a pronounced chin, short, broad ears, "childish scheme"
  • Eyes: mostly golden, blue for points, green for silver-colored animals
  • Fur and color: plush, short and dense fur with a fine texture and good undercoat. Color spectrum of more than 300 single-color, tortoiseshell, tabby and bicolor shades recognized by FIFe
  • Grooming: easy to care for, but hairs comparatively strong, regular brushing necessary
  • Particularities: not afraid of water, tends to be overweight
  • Character: gentle, calm and adaptable