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Cat Breed Guide: The British Shorthair

Cat Breed Guide: The British Shorthair


British Shorthairs have been around for centuries as they are the descendants of cats that were brought over to Britain by the Romans. These cats then actively bred with the native wild cats of Britain, before being bred with Persians in order to improve the cat’s coat and widen the gene pool, fully creating the breed by the 19th century.


The breed is on the larger size for a domestic cat with adult males weighing up to 10kg and the females up to 7kg. They are thickset, robust cats that have a wide chest, shoulders and hips, with short legs that have large round paws. Their heads are very rounded with chubby cheeks, big round eyes and small rounded ears, whilst their tail’s length and thickness is of medium measure.

A defining feature of a British Shorthair’s appearance is its coat which is incredibly thick, dense and soft, even though the length is short. British Shorthairs usually only moult twice a year and shed very little in between, in addition they do not need much grooming.


These cats come in a huge variety of colourings and patterns but the biggest differentiation between them all is whether their coat is ‘self’ or ‘colourpoint’. The colourpoint British Shorthairs usually have a cream body with coloured tips, these include their ears, tails and feet. The self British Shorthairs, also known as ‘solids’, are the same colour. Both coat types can come in black, blue, chocolate, cream, lilac and red. Another variety of their coats is the tabby, whereby the base coat has a contrasting colour and/or pattern to the spots or stripes running over it. These cats can also be seen with a tortoiseshell pattern and colouring.


British Shorthairs are not an overly vocal breed and will not meow lots like a lot of other breeds. They enjoy playing little games, such as trying to catch or chase something, but are not overly high-energy felines. They are a very laid back breed that are easy going, have a balanced personality and can adapt quite easily to being an indoor cat. They are perfectly happy spending most of their time chilling out but like to do so with company, either with another cat that has a similar temperament or with their owners.

They are not overly demanding but will be sure to let their owners know when they want attention. They often can be found following their owners from room to room such is their inquisitive nature. This sociable and outgoing nature may be one of the reasons that the cat is one of the most popular breeds in the UK, especially with families.

You can insure your British Shorthair with us from just 5 weeks of age. Visit our cat insurance page for more information.


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