This breed is very “practical” because shorthair cats do not need special care and the variety of colours of the breed allows you to choose the perfect pet for you. Another advantage of the British shorthairs is that they are very similar to stuffed toys which children adore so much.
The history of British Shorthairs
This breed has been artificially raised in the UK in the end of 19th century; it was the result of “alliance” between Persian cat and domestic English cat. Since then British Shorthair has become perhaps the most popular pet among housewives in their homeland. And there is nothing strange in it. It’s enough to see photos of British cats to understand that they are really beautiful.
Besides British cats have unusually soft “double” fur and a small straight tail rounded at the top. Slightly round ears and wide open eyes give British cats a peculiar appearance which seem to create an atmosphere of calmness around us. The crease around the head also adds to this image. No other of cat’s breeds can be proud of it.
British shorthairs may be of variety of colours: single-coloured and with specific layouts. The eye colour often depends on fur’s colour: if the cat has white fur the eyes will be blue.
Also we should note that the colour of British cats does not always corresponds its name. For example “grey” is called blue and red is orange. With black and white, chocolate and two or three-colored it is easier: they are called according their look. Also the British shorthairs may be silver and gold colours. (quite a rare combination)
Chocolate and black colours of the British cats calm any nervous system; one needs only to glance at the depth of cat fur. Silver cats are very gentle. The most popular colours of the British shorthair are blue, chocolate, lilac, tabby, mackerel (silver tabby).
- Compact, well-balanced and powerful body.
- Round head; short and thick neck.
- Muzzle with round cheeks, big wide open eyes, solid chin and wide short nose;
- Small limbs and rounded paws;
- Thick at the base and rounded at the top tail;
- Small ears, widely and low set and rounded at the tops;
- Short thick and of fine texture fur which does not fit closely to the body;
- There may be almost any colours of British shorthairs.
British Shorthair character
Those who are lucky enough to have a British cat say that these animals are wonderful home companions, especially if you like smart and not too capricious cats. At your first meeting with the pet of this breed you can be surprised by British restraint but after getting to know you better a British Shorthair will become loyal and loving but only in return for your love and devotion.
The more time you’ll pay to these cats the better will be your relationship. However in the opposite case the nature of the British cats remains quite calm and not mean. Among other characteristics of British cats are unobtrusiveness and playfulness (not hyperactiveness). If staying with family British cats do not become attached to one person but give same love to all family members.
These pets prefer to roll about rolling into a ball, close or next to you so that you can stroke them but do not like being taken on hands. Also they don’t like being kissed. In general too much of the wrong attention will make British Shorthair cat angry and it will hide for a while in its comfortable place.
Cats of this breed generally friendly accept other pets in the family. They are confident and not shy so can live together with a dog if the dog’s character is compatible with the cats.
Looking after British Shorthair
Although British Shorthair cats have a short fur it still needs care because of its thickness. Usually once a week would be enough but the thickness of fur varies depending on season and therefore care must be more frequent. In autumn and spring the British shorthair cats have molting period during which the fur care is recommended every day or at least every second day. Learn more about how to look after cat’s fur in the section “Caring for cat”.
Diseases of British shorthairs
This cat breed is quite healthy and hardy. Their only problem is that there are two blood types: A and B. The blood type B although very rare does occur. But it would be a problem only if you plan to have kittens from your British cat. The fact is that if to mate a British cat with blood type B with a British cat with blood type A the kittens can also be born with different blood types.
In this case all the kittens are born healthy but kittens with blood type A die within 1-3 days. The explanation is simple: Mom antibodies are transmitted to kids (probably through milk) and kill red blood cells in a kitten.