British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a domesticated cat originally bred in the United Kingdom. It is known for the seemingly perpetual smile on its face; Lewis Carroll chose the breed as the model for his Cheshire cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Today, the breed is commonly used as a show work. The most famous British Shorthair is perhaps the one who appears as the face of Whiskas cat food.

British Shorthairs have very dense, soft coats. The eyes are large, round and copper in color. The head is round with chubby cheeks. The body is rounded and sturdy. The breed has a broad chest, shoulders and hips with short legs, round paws and a plush tail.

The British Shorthair may be any color or pattern, but the ‘blue’ variant is common enough to have a name of its own: the ‘British Blue’. The lifespan of this breed is 14 to 20 years.

Country of Origin:
United Kingdom

The British Shorthair does not require any special grooming because shorthair not tangle or mat easily. It?s coat should be brushed weekly to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.


The British Shorthair is an easygoing breed. It has a stable personallity and can easily live in an apartment or small home environment. It is not terribly demanding of attention, although it will make its desire for play known if its owner looks available. It is not normally destructive or hyperactive, although it can be somewhat playful.

They are quiet, confident cats with a bit of British reserve, particularly when you are first introduced to them. Once they get to know you they are affectionate without being demanding and playful without being hyper. They are quite vocally except for the loud purr they have when content. They are not lap cats nor do they particularly enjoy being picked up. They?d much rather sit beside you, or curl up at your feet, than cuddle on your lap.

Health Concerns:

This is a healthy and hardy breed which has a tendency towards obesity and is prone to some dental problems. Monitoring food intake and a regular oral hygiene routine is recommended.

Breed Acceptance:

American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
National Cat Fanciers’ Association (NCFA)
The International Cat Association (TICA)
United Feline Organization (UFO)
American Cat Association (ACA)
Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)

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