Silver British Shorthairs

About British Shorthair Cats

British Shorthair Cats have plush, dense, teddybear-like coats. Their bodies are large and muscular and should be of a chunky build. They have broad chests, shoulders and hips with short legs, round well-built paws and a thick plush tail, which ends in a round or blunt tip. Their heads are round with full, chubby cheeks.

British Shorthairs have large eyes which should be round and widely set. Eyes come in a variety of colours - from green to the most widely known copper / gold of the British Blue.

The males of the breed are noticeably larger than the females. The average weight of an adult male is 5 - 7 kg, whereas the females weigh in at an average of 4 - 6 kg. Males also tend to develop much chunkier cheek jowls than the females, though females can also have large cheek features.

The typical lifespan of a British Shorthair is between 15 and 21 years.

The BSH is a very strong cat, with a "square" body shape. It is nearly as long in length as it is broad. The legs are usually quite thick to hold up their heavy, muscular body. Due to its bulk and muscle, this type of cat is often regarded as the 'bulldog' of the cat world.

British Shorthairs have large, broad heads. Their eyes stand out and tend to be large and round. Their relatively small ears with rounded tips are set far apart and they have pert snub noses and slightly rounded chins which help emphasise the breed's powerful jaw and round head.

British Shorthair Cats come in a large variety of different colours. The most popular and widely known blue even has a breed name of its own ~ the British Blue. There are also black, lilac, white, cream, red, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and silvers.

BSH can be bred in one solid colour ~ known as 'self' ~ as well as tabby, colourpoint, shaded and bi-colour. All colours also come in the tortoiseshell pattern ~ 'tortie' ~ which is a combination of red and cream with another colour.

British Shorthairs make wonderful pets. They have a very stable character, and are of a very easy-going nature. They love being indoors, and are perfect for people who have to go out to work, the elderly, or people living in apartments.

They are not destructive or hyperactive, and do not demand lots of attention. They are usually very placid and happy to laze around while

their owner is out. They do love being petted and are generally very affectionate. They mostly prefer lying next to their owner rather than being a 'lap cat', and even though some do not mind being cuddled, for the most part they prefer to keep their four paws on the ground while being petted.

BSH also have a tendency of following their owner from room to room, as they like being close to them and being able to observe daily activities. The breed is not very vocal, but will meow when playing with a favourite toy, or when their food is being prepared.

Due to its nature and intelligence the breed has become very popular with animal trainers and are increasingly used in films and tv adverts

eg Whiskas, Sheba and Bacardi Breezer to name but a few.

Due to their short coats, British Shorthair cats do not require a lot of grooming, and their fur does not tangle or mat easily. It is, however,

recommended that the coat be brushed occasionally, particularly during the shedding season, as this decreases the chance of furballs.

BSH can be prone to obesity due to their relaxed nature, especially if kept indoors, so care should be taken with their diet.

British Shorthairs have been the most popular breed of cat registered with the GCCF since 2001, when it overtook the Persian breed.

The British Shorthair is a descendant of cats brought into Britain by the Romans, and then interbred with wild native cats. Later they were

cross-bred with Persian cats to improve the density of their coats. The breed was defined in the 19th Century and were first shown at the 1871 Crystal Palace cat show. The breed's popularity declined by the 1940's, but after the end of World War II, breeding programmes intensified and the breed's popularity is now high once again.