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British Shorthair

British Shorthair

Country of origin:
United Kingdom

Blue, grey, silver, cream, brown, light brown, reddish brown, bicolour, red and white

4-9 kg

15-20 years

Other names:
British Shorthair

British Shorthair – a calm and sweet-natured cat, so it is not surprising that this is now the most popular cat breed in Lithuania. It is the most popular cat in the world, and the most popular cat in the world, but it is also the most popular cat in the world, and it is the most popular cat in the world. British Shorthairs are curious, but not to the point of being killed by curiosity, active and affectionate, making them easy to win the hearts of cat lovers. Although they adore their owner’s attention, British Shorthairs will happily go for a snooze when they realise that their owner is busy – British Shorthairs, like other decent cats, enjoy this feline activity very much. British Shorthairs love all members of the family, and don’t usually choose just one owner, so these cats can make really good family friends.

History of the breed

It has been speculated that the ancestors of the British Shorthair may have come with the Roman soldiers who tried to conquer England, but it is virtually impossible to establish this. Various written sources refer to large grey cats that lived near farms, outbuildings or farmsteads, where the mouse population had to be reduced. These cats, which were really talented hunters, were wild in nature, so it took time for humans to domesticate them. In the late nineteenth century, the population of these large grey cats grew, and it was decided to give the cats the name British Shorthair. In 1871, the British Shorthair was first exhibited. The first breeder of British Shorthairs is considered to be the Englishman Garrison Ware, who organised the world’s first cat show. At this show, the British Shorthair was highly praised, and eighteen years later the British Shorthair was officially recognised as a breed of cat.

British Shorthair: appearance

The British Shorthair is a very sweet-looking cat with a soft, dense and fluffy coat. British Shorthairs have a rounded head, rather large cheeks and large, round eyes. The ears of the Brittany are short, with rounded tips. Physique rather massive and sturdy, claws – short and strong, tail – short and blunt. Females are generally smaller than males, weighing between 4,5 and 5,4 kg (males between 6,8 and 8,1 kg). Excessively long hair, lack of undercoat or oriental eyes are considered to be disadvantages of the breed, as these are not characteristic of purebred British Shorthair cats. The traditional colour of the British Shorthair is considered to be grey-blue, but there are many more variations in coat colour. British Shorthairs can be monochrome or bi-coloured, and they can also be tabby, etc.

British Shorthair: character

The British Shorthair is a rather calm cat, but the small kittens are very lively and mischievous. This breed loves to be stroked and can’t resist playing with its owner. However, British Shorthairs do not like intrusive attention, so it is important to supervise children playing with the British Shorthair. British Shorthairs are also quite suspicious of guests – a cat may come and curl up on the lap of a chosen guest, but this will not always be the case. These cats are quite talkative, and if they don’t like something, they will show it in their voice. If that doesn’t work – then they will run hide.

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