British Shorthair Cat Breed Profile

A playful and affectionate cat, the British Shorthair is very loyal and will love every member of his family. Take a look at this article to know more about this beautiful English cat.

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british shorthair cat breed profile

British Shorthair Cat Breed Profile Summary

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • Size: Medium to large, with males weighing 12 to 18 pounds and females weighing 9 to 15 pounds
  • Coat: Short, plush, dense
  • Color: Blue, white, black, red, cream, smoke, silver and golden
  • Grooming needs: Medium
  • Lifespan: 12-17 years 
  • Attention Needs: Moderate

Breed Characteristics

  • Playful
  • Friendly to other pets
  • Kid-friendly
  • Intelligent
  • Affectionate toward its owners

About British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair is a sweet and cuddly cat. She enjoys affection and the love of her owner, though she isn’t a lap cat.

They are playful cats with a cheerful nature, but they also like a quiet and peaceful life.
The British Shorthair gets along very well with other cats and dogs. In short, the British are calm but playful cats, sweet without being sugary, and above all, an adorable pet.
Because of her plump body and the hair that looks like a stuffed animal, the British Shorthair is gaining more acceptance.


The origins of the British Shorthair most likely date back to the first century AD; this is one of the most ancient identifiable cat breed.

 The Roman imported British Shorthairs and kept them to protect the fields of snakes, mice, and insects. These cats then interbred with the local European wildcat population. Over the centuries, their naturally isolated descendants developed into distinctively large, robust cats with a short but very thick coat.

This cat grew in popularity during the Victorian era.

After both World wars, the breed was nearly extinct. Thanks to cross-breeding, the breed was restoring.

british shorthair cat breed profile

British Shorthair Characteristics

The British Shorthair is a medium cat with a solid and dignified bearing. 

  • The legs are robust, with round feet slightly shorter than the body.
  • They have a large head, with short hair.
  • The nose is straight, short, and broad.
  • The ears are medium, rounded, broad at the base, and widely spaced.
  • The large, wide, round eyes are of intense colors, in harmony with the mantle. 
  • The tail is thick at the base and narrow on the tip. 
  • The hair, which does not adhere to the body, is denser and silkier than that of an ordinary short-haired cat and has a very compact texture

British Shorthair Temperament

They are playful cats with a cheerful nature that adapt well to life in a small apartment as well as to life in the country. They get along very well with other cats and dogs.

Grooming Tips

Hair: It is enough to remove the dead hair to avoid swallowing when licking.
Nails: With special scissors, you can do maintenance, being very careful. If this is the first time, your vet can show you how to cut the nails. You can also maintain the nails, providing a scraper.


The British Shorthair can suffer from:
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hemophilia B.
Obesity is another concern, as this cat loves to eat and lives a  sedentary lifestyle.

Other potential health problems are:
· Polycystic kidney disease


Food and drink: the higher the quality of your food, the healthier your cat will be. You must have fresh, clean water available every day.

Curious Facts about British Shorthair Breed 

The characters of Puss in Boots and The Cheshire Cat from Alice in wonderland are British Shorthair.

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