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Origins
One of the oldest breeds of cat in Europe, it probably traces its ancestry back to the cats of Rome which were brought to the British Isles by the Romans. These cats would probably have interbred w...
One of the oldest breeds of cat in Europe, it probably traces its ancestry back to the cats of Rome which were brought to the British Isles by the Romans. These cats would probably have interbred with the indigenous cats on the island and continued to be house cats, which were valued for their ability to catch rats and mice During the 19th Century in England interest in pedigreed cats flourished and breeders sought to have their domestic cat recognized in its own right. These cats were first shown at the Crystal Palace in London in 1871. It is said that the famous ‘cheshire cat’ in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was a tabby British Shorthair. At this time crosses were also made with the Persian cats which would have assisted in producing a more rounded head and solid body type. After the war many lines had been lost and the British breeders were obliged to cross with other cats, including Domestics, Persians and Russian Blues. But it was only when three generations of British to British had been produced that the progeny were officially registered as British by the GCCF. This had been a long process but breeders had worked on to achieve the British Shorthair as we still know it today.
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Character
These genial British cats are friendly and affectionate, enjoying attention in an undemanding manner. The happy-go-lucky males command respect but welcome attention from everyone while the more ser...
These genial British cats are friendly and affectionate, enjoying attention in an undemanding manner. The happy-go-lucky males command respect but welcome attention from everyone while the more serious females are true British ladies expecting proper form and etiquette from those whose attentions they accept. These loyal and devoted companions are not lap cats but want to be where you are, snuggling up beside you on the sofa. While not very active cats, they do have their mad moments to chase around acting the clown like kittens. These intelligent cats are quiet and unobtrusive ruling their indoor kingdoms with a calm demeanor. They definitely look before they leap and do not engage in high-flying acrobatics. They are tolerant with children and dogs but do not like to be carried around, preferring to maintain their dignity with their feet firmly on the floor. They are quite content with their own company, quietly amusing themselves in your absence and waiting patiently for your return.
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MORPHOLOGY
COAT PATTERN
STANDARDS
 British Shorthair
  • The British Shorthair is a medium sized but powerfully built cat often referred to as a ‘teddy bear’.  
  • It has a broad chest, short legs with strong bones and a dense short plush coat, which does not lie flat on the body.  
  • Its head is rounded with a short nose and rather chubby cheeks which give it a smiling expression.
  •  Its eyes are large and round in deep amber on the solid colours, blue on the colourpoints and green on the silver varieties.
  • It has small ears with rounded tips.  Its tail is rather short and has a rounded tip.  
  • White, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, cinnamon, fawn and tortie version of those colours.
  • Smoke in all those colours.
  • Silver shaded and shell in all those colours.
  • Black and blue golden shaded and shell.
  • Tabby and silver tabby in all the above colours.
  • Black and blue golden tabby.
  • Van, harlequin and bi-colour in all the above colours, including smoke, tabby and silver tabby.
  • Colour point in all the above solid colours and their equivalent tabby colours. 
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These cats love food and with their sedentary ways can quickly gain weight so it is important to keep a careful eye on the amount they eat to make sure they do not get fat.

They are a heavy, solid cat ranging from 4 to 9 kg but that weight should come from their massive muscular bodies, not from an excess of food.

Encouraging them to play burns calories off while toning muscles: Teaser toys provide lots of gymnastic entertainment; training your cat to fetch adds running to their day's activities; and chasing a laser light pen gives their muscles a real work out.

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