British Shorthair Cat


The history of the British Shorthair cat breed is one of the most unique and incredible stories. Its main protagonist is the Englishman Harrison Weir. A cat-lover and admirer of the sturdy shorthair cats found all over the various sized streets of Great Britain during the 1800s, he decided to collect the best-looking and best built of them all and create a breed out of them himself. These lovely pets became acknowledged as an official breed in 1889. Now, two centuries later we can enjoy these lovely bulbous pets in our homes, but it is Mr. Weir who we need to thank for the chance. Leaving the origins of the British shorthair aside, these animals love the stability and security of a home and will always choose to have a home if presented with an opportunity of a large play-zone and one.

British Shorthair Cat characteristics

The visual characteristics of the British shorthair cat are similar to these of the Persian, but when it comes to health and activity level, these felines have proven to be on top of their longhaired cousins. They have large, sturdy bodies with powerful forms and muscles that allow them to move freely and effortlessly everywhere. The limbs are short and stocky and their paws are rounded and fluffy, silencing their steps even better than the usual cat’s can. The tail of this breed’s representatives is long and very fluffy, especially compared to other shorthairs. Its tip is round. The head of the British shorthair is also rounded and has small ears, large eyes and broad nose.

British Shorthair Cat: behavioural habit

When it comes to their behavioural habits, these cats are very docile and easy-going. They get along with anyone and would rather get depressed than aggressive if not cared for well. British Shorthair Cat doesn’t play a lot and prefer to lie down and walk slowly, calmly around the house. They dislike going outside and will not show interest in leaving the comfort of the house. Being as good natured as they are, these cats can live with children of all ages and will be a perfect company for them. Even better – if you’re living alone, you can easily and without worry leave them at home with no company as they will care for themselves without a problem. This does not mean that they are not like the usual cat, though, and cannot take care of their own meals if there’s more than one to be taken without the presence of a human.

Another great fact that supports the theory that they are one of the best house cats is that their life expectancy is between fifteen and eighteen years of age and many of the members of this breed live longer!

If you’ve already decided on getting one, you should know that the colours of this breed are mainly silver and silvery gray. All other colours are also possible, but not always available right away. Shades include, but are not limited to:  tabbies, whites, pure black, solid brown and various combinations between these.