British Shorthair Cats

British Shorthairs rarely have met a lap that they didn’t like. Be aware that their thick coats make them like feline furnaces and your lap may become toasty warm.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair Pictures

  • British Shorthair cat named Baloo
  • British Shorthair cat named Ziggy
  • British Shorthair cat named BeBe
  • British Shorthair cat named Lucy
  • British Shorthair cat named Clarence Horatio - RIP - 2003-
  • British Shorthair cat named Pudcat
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Quick Facts

  • 12 - 18 pounds

Ideal Human Companions

    • Quiet households
    • Singles
    • Adapts well to apartment living
    • Households with other pets
    • First-time cat owners

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Trademark Traits

    • Round looks
    • Shy demeanor
    • Lap seekers
    • Hardy breed
    • Welcomes other pets
    • Wary around young children

What They Are Like to Live With

This breed is noted for its intelligence, loyalty and extending affection in a dignified manner. They won’t wow you by their speed, but they will win you over with their comical nature.

Its coat needs minimal care – just run a comb through once or twice a week to maintain its mat-free condition.

Enjoys the company of other household pets, but may opt to keep out of reach from overly energetic children.

Things You Should Know

Be patient. This breed takes up to five years to attain full physical maturity.

Due to its trusting, sweet nature, this is a breed that is best suited for indoor living. Always supervise your British Shorthair when outdoors.

British Shorthair History

This British-born breed’s origins remain a bit ambiguous. It is believed that they were commonly viewed in the British countryside since the mid-1800s.

The Cheshire Cat with its teasing grin made famous in Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, was said to have captured its look from this breed.

A 14-year-old British Shorthair won Best in Show at the first formal cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London.

This breed earned acceptance by both the Cat Fanciers Association and the International Cat Association. Ranked 14th in popularity among the CFA-recognized breeds, the British Shorthair gained championship status in 1980.

The Look of a British Shorthair

This breed puts the “r” in round: round face, round eyes, round ears, round torso and round paws.

The British Shorthair is noted for its signature blue-colored coat that is dense and plush – designed to weather cold climates. However, cat registries now accept the British Shorthair in nearly 40 colors and patterns.

The body comes in medium to large frames. The necks are thick and the chests are broad.

Its velvety coat is reported to sport more fur per square inch than any other cat breed.

Females weigh between 6 and 8 pounds and males average between 10 and 12 pounds.

Talk About British Shorthairs 

The best, most cuddly lap cat you'll ever meet!

My favorite thing about this breed is the fact that they are so cuddly and lovable and will still love you too. British Shorthairs may not be very active, or at least mine wasn't, but they are still good for people who like cats who are not picky about laps or where you stroke them.

If you get a British Shorthair, I would suggest you groom them plenty, more than the average shorthair. They tend to shed lots, but at least once every week or so of grooming should do. The main thing to rememberis to give them petting and love, and lots of it!

~Susanna C., owner of two British Shorthairs