British Shorthair

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Life span

13 Years


British Shorthair Overview

The British Shorthair cat breed is known as the Pedigree version of the British domestic cat. They have a rather chunky body, wide face and dense coat. The most popular colour of the British Shorthair is blue, with a medium-sized tail and copper eyes.

They’re a powerful looking cat breed, with strong legs, round paws and broad chest. Their head is of large size and they have noticeable chubby cheeks.



British Shorthair Characteristics

History & Origin

The British Shorthair is one of the most ancient cat breeds. They originated from other European domestic cat breeds that were imported to Britain many years ago when the Romans first invaded Great Britain in the first century of AD. 

British Shorthair Temperament

The British Shorthair is better known for their placid nature and affectionate ways. They’re extremely kind and very laid-back. They generally get on well with other domestic pets and are not too overly energetic. This cat breed is known to be very talkative and prone to develop a strong bond with one person. They love to explore, especially the outdoors. They’re easily adaptable and love to receive lots of attention and give lots of love and affection.

This cat breed is one of the oldest cat breeds on the planet, originating from the UK. They have a wonderful nature and calm temperament, which is the reason why this beloved cat breed has been used in many movie roles, such as Alice in Wonderland.


The British Shorthair requires brushing 2-3 times a week to help keep their coat in great condition and to prevent any matting and removal of dead hair. As with all cat breeds they require regular cleaning of their ears and eyes to prevent the build-up of dirt which can lead to an infection.

Regular nail trimming is also important to prevent their nails from becoming overgrown and causing damage. 

Children and other pets

This wonderful cat breed is popular amongst many households within the UK. They make great pets for children of all ages. Playtime should always be supervised between children and pets to prevent rough play and either party becoming hurt. 

The British Shorthair tends to get on well with other cats provided they are socialised correctly from a young age and early training is provided.