British Shorthair is a sturdy cat with a large head and big, round, inquisitive eyes. Often been described as having a “teddy bear” appearance. The breed is slow to mature, not reaching full size until at least 3 years of age. They are big cats, with males reaching as much as 17 pounds (8 kg). This cat is not to mess with. It comes from the root of Ancient Roman Empire and now come to conquer your bed!
British Shorthair is one of the oldest cat breed from England and as stated from above, the connection went deeper to Ancient Roman Empire. It seems that when the Roman forces invaded England during their period of empire expansion, they brought along cats to protect their food supplies from rodents. The fluffy cats then colonized the area and became a common street cat for centuries.
In the late 1800’s, Harrison Wier is credited with becoming the first cat breeder. He is responsible for domesticating the common British street cat and through a breeding program and selective crossbreeding, created the cat we know today as the British Shorthair.
unfortunately, they nearly ceased to exist during World War II. Post-war, however, the remaining bloodlines were crossed with other breeds including the Domestic Shorthair, Russian Blue, and Persian breeds to preserve their existence and their present day appearance look more to ‘teddy bear’ with the fluffy cheek between their face. The British Shorthair was the first recognize by the American Cat Association in 1967. Then in 1979, International Cat Association followed suit along with Cat Fanciers Association in 1980.
The British Shorthair is not overly demanding when it comes to grooming or attention meaning the breed is considered as low maintenance, and they’re not a very vocal bunch. No miow will be heard in your house except when it want to. The breed features dense, plush short hair with more hair per square inch than any other cat breed! Your cat need brushing several times a week to remove loose hairs and dander, while preventing hairballs. In spring, these cats will lose more fur as they shed their winter coat. You may need to brush them more frequently during this time period.
- Weight: 4 to 9 kg
- Coat length: Short, dense and plushy
- Amount of shedding: Medium
- Color: Blue most common, White, Black, Red, Cream, Bicolor, Calico, Smoke
- Pattern: Tabby. Shaded Varieties
British Shorthair matures from a playful kitten into a dignified yet sociable adult cat. As they slow to mature, do not expect them to grow to full-size overnight. Some of them do not fully mature until 5 years. These cats are tend to love being solo. Hence, they are unlikely to sit on your lap and they do not particularly like to be held or carried, but they often do enjoy the company of their human family members. Sometimes they will often spend time playing or napping the same room.
British Shorthairs have very low energy needs (not into SPORTS!) and also not into jumping onto higher place like any hyper cat breed does. If you think positively, they are unlikely to mess your house or apartment. In fact, this tendency toward inactivity means it’s a good idea to regularly engage your cat in play for its own health and mental stimulation. Fortunately, this also tend to be a good thing when they being left alone when you went away for work or groceries since they can tolerate without suffering from separation anxiety.
If you have children or other pets in the home, these cats are likely to be tolerant and accepting as long as they can have their personal space. Noted that you may want to teach your smaller children not to forcibly hold or carry your plushy cat, and do not let other pets harass this cat. This teddy bear may become a grizzly bear in an instant.
- Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
- Playfulness: Low
- Intelligence: Medium
- Vocalize: Low
Guard against letting the British Shorthair become obese. While these cats are sturdy and solid, they shouldn’t become pudgy. It may be necessary to encourage them to exercise with interactive toys and hands-on play time.
In additional to being obese, British Shorthair may experience other common health issues such as Hemophilia B, a hereditary bleeding disorder. However, thanks to a robust genetic pool, there are not many cases known for being plagued with genetic problem.
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