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British Shorthair - Self

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The British Shorthair cat is an ancient breed of cat. It is believed that the British Shorthair’s ancestors were brought to Britain by the Romans during the invasion of Great Britain. Their name has changed over the centuries and other breeds have been included into the mix. Crosses with Persians created a longhair variety in 1914-1918.

Early on the British Shorthair and Russian Blue were considered the same breed and simply judged as blue cats but the two breeds separated to be judged in their own right.

WW2 had a significantly negative impact on the British Shorthair cat breed and many breeding lines were lost. To recover the population the remaining British Shorthairs were outcrossed to Russian Blues, Persians and some other breeds.

The British Shorthair gained championship status from The International Cat Association in June 1979 and today is one of the most popular breeds of cat in the United Kingdom.


The British Shorthair cat is a friendly and docile breed. They love their owners company and will spend as much time in a warm lap as the lap owner allows them to. They will always welcome you home and fuss for some attention. They get on fine with other animals and small children but dislike being left alone for long periods.


Comes in many different colours such as grey, blue, lilac, brown, chocolate, black etc.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: UK
  • Rough date of Origin: 1800s
  • Hair length: Shorthair
  • Activity Level: Medium
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Relaxed
  • Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
  • Weight: 4.0 - 8.0kg
  • Size: Large
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

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A Big Softy -

I love British Shorthair Cats, some find them aloof but my experience is completely the opposite. Monty is very vocal and 'talkative' he loves cuddles and likes nothing more than to be stroked and fussed. I find them to be good eaters, not fussy, they are playful and intelligent. I would recommend them for families, subject to all the normal checks one would do with animals and young children.

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