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British Domestic Shorthair

British Domestic Shorthair

The British Shorthair is the most popular pedigree breed of cat in the UK. It is also one of the most ancient, potentially dating back as far as the first century AD.

It’s likely that when the Romans invaded Britain in 55 B.C, they brought with them their domestic cats. These went on to breed with European cats; the result of which became the British Shorthair as we know it today.

It’s possible that the breed’s ancestors also include the Persian cat, which was added to the gene pool later to improve coat thickness. A large and robust cat with a short, dense coat, the British Shorthair hasn’t changed much from the initial type.

Its gentle and loving nature, along with its inherent hardiness and sound health, made it a popular choice with all groups of people, and in the nineteenth century selective breeding of the British Shorthair began in earnest to harness these desirable traits.

Often described as the ‘most laid-back breed of cat,’ British Shorthairs are known to get along well with children and other pets, and are happy to live exclusively indoors if given company.

Despite pictures of British Shorthairs often depicting the blue variety of cat, they come in many colour variations, including cream, chocolate, black, silver, cinnamon, red and fawn. They also come in tabby and tortie varieties.

 

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31/01/2017
20170131 05:21 pm
Warwickshire , United Kingdom

I own a British short haired called Kingsley he is 18months old he is the most loving cat l have ever had he's such a character always gives me kisses and loves cuddles

19/07/2017
20170719 09:53 pm
Hampshire, United Kingdom

Poppy was going to a rescue centre the next day if I hadn't heard about her needing a new home. She was quite timid and I think she had been teased by children at her old home. Now she is loving, confident and friendly with everyone at the retirement flats where I live. She is very 'chatty' and never fails to let me know when she wants her meals or treats.

06/11/2017
20120909 12:11 am
Essex, United Kingdom

Loving, easy to look after, affectionate but do not like being picked up - prefer all four paws on the ground! Not vocal or demanding, love having their bellies stroked while laying on their backs with all legs up in the air!
Purrfect companions.

11/12/2017
20171211 08:28 pm
United Kingdom

'Babu' Babushka Cheshire was welcomed in to our home on 06/12/17. She has settled in surprisingly well, only hiding under the bed on the first night. Since then, she's sat on every surface to sleep, clean and purr on and has nominated kitchen as her favourite spot, sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor, whilst us humans walk around her. Needless to say, Babu has shown her approval to stay and enjoys playing games, being stroke. I came across non-grain food for Persian cats, has any body with British Shorthair owners ever used this product? Your thoughts would be greatly received.

31/03/2018
20171126 09:36 pm
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

My very handsome man is called Solomon. He was a rescue cat but now hes definitely found his forever home. He's such a character. He loves to chat to you, he's always meowing at you about everything. He loves a good brush and a cat massage, and he adores his food!

28/04/2018
20180428 12:24 pm
Dorset, United Kingdom

I had a harry a grey shorthair for 18 years . He rocked . The whole street new him . I’d get Xmas cards addressed to him ! He was so loving and kind. He’d sit near me always . Loved lying in his back . We still miss him .
I’ve had cocoa a female all chocolate coloured bsh for 7 years now . A little more timid than harry but very loyal and loving . She likes routine and does same thing everyday . This includes finding e at bedtime and waiting for me to go to bed so me can cuddle . But always on her terms and no more than 20 mins when she’ll move away. Typical of breed is she likes to lie on her back too.

03/06/2018
20150421 10:30 pm
Newport, United Kingdom

I have to short hair and one long haired cat. They are extremely loyal and very funny. I’ve found mine act more like dogs than cats guarding the garden and house even growling at noises they don’t like! 😂. They are very affectionate and follow me all around my garden and house. They love to be free spirits and I have cat flaps in both back door and outside sheds so as they can choose where they want to be. The long haired is 14 and when she was I’ll a few months ago the other two would not leave her side. They are so sensitive to mood changes and hate it if I’m upset. The perfect pet in my opinion.

28/07/2018
20161002 09:33 pm
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

My two girls are very vocal, they love a stroked one hates to be brushed & the other one likes noting more than a 10 minute brush, but do not like to sit on your lap & to be carried around. they are very loving cats and show their appreciation when fed, they will come looking for you if they feel a bit lonely just to check you are still around.

19/08/2018
20170726 10:17 pm
Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Poppy was found as a tiny blue eyed wild bundle of claws sorry I meant fur at the bottom of my garden. It took months of coaxing sometimes sitting till 2/3am with the dining room window open to gain her trust (she is still scared of being shut in). She can be very loving when she wants.

24/08/2018
20180824 11:15 pm
Herefordshire, United Kingdom

I own a female British Shorthair cat she very lovely and she is 4 years old out going she likes her cuddles but not much and i give her kissess as well and she is very noses just like me her owner she got a very good character and makes me laugh

27/10/2018
20150615 10:00 pm
Surrey, United Kingdom

We have a Ginger Tom named Harry, 8 months old now, born in Feb. Unbelievable markings, very mischievous and fun, just like having a toddler.
Quiet a character and very happy. Our last ginger cat Charlie lived 18 years, we hope Harry does the same.