A blue British Shorthair ("British Blue")Gretel, a Blue British Shorthair, eating some meatClose-up of another blue, Mycroft
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British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a domesticated cat originally bred in the United Kingdom. It is known for the seemingly perpetual smile on its face; Lewis Carroll chose the breed as the model for his Cheshire cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. more...

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Today, this breed is commonly used as a show work. The most famous British Shorthair is perhaps the one who appears as the face of Whiskas cat food.

Breed Description

British Shorthairs have very dense, soft coats. The eyes are large, round and copper in colour. The head is round with chubby cheeks. The body is rounded and sturdy. The breed has a broad chest, shoulders and hips with short legs, round paws and a plush tail. Males weigh about 14 lb (6 kg).

The British Shorthair may be any colour or pattern, but the 'blue' variant is common enough to have a name of its own: the 'British Blue'.

The lifespan of this breed is 14 to 20 years.

Origin

The British Shorthair originates from the native working cats of the United Kingdom, which in turn originated in Rome.

Temperament

The British Shorthair is an easygoing breed. It has a stable character and can easily live in an apartment setting. It is not terribly demanding of attention, although it will make its desire for play known if its owner looks available. It is not normally destructive or hyperactive, although it can be playful.

Care

The British Shorthair does not require a lot of grooming because the fur does not tangle or mat easily. However, the coat should be brushed weekly to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

The breed is prone to obesity and some members of the breed have dental problems.

External Links

  • Fanlisting for British Shorthair Cats
  • British Shorthair Cat Webring
  • How to Select a British Shorthair

Breed profile sites:

  • Der Katzenklub Österreichs (in English)
  • Cats and Kittens
  • The Cat Fancier's Association
  • Catland
  • Petplace
  • British Shorthair owner gift ideas

Read more at Wikipedia.org


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