BRITISH SHORTHAIR

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ORIGIN

The British cat, probably, derives from the domestic ”Felis catus”, originated from Egypt and brought by J. Caesar to Gaul. In the 19th century ,exotic cats, from the British Empire  were brought to England (Queen Victoria owned two Persians!). Perhaps the arrival of these exotic breeds encouraged the development of a  “British cat”; careful selections have resulted in a clearly identifiable breed; but during World War II, the population of British Shorthairs diminished significantly ; after the war, some breeders crossed Shorthairs with Persians in order to to peg the gene pool and restore the old type. In 1871, at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, the most beautiful British Shorthairs were showed; they held a place of prominence; unfortunately, by the end of the Century, interest in the  Shorthairs decreased, until 1901,when the Shorthaired Cat Society came to their defence. American associations were  reluctant to recognize the British Shorthair because it was genetically similar to the Exotic Shorthair (a cross  Persian / American Shorthair.) It was accepted by ACA only in 1967 and by CFA in 1980. This breed is known as the "Shorthair" in Great Britain.


 

 

ASPECT

The British Shorthair is a compact, well-balanced medium to large cat; it has strong, muscular legs; head, cheeks, paws and eyes are round , nose is broad; Females are less massive than males; This breed is slow to mature; The coat is short and very dense. British Shorthairs are recognized in many different colors and patterns : blue, black, cream, red, …Mackerel, Tabby, Spotted Tabby, Bicolore, Smoke, Tortoiseshell…, but not more than 2/3 of the coat should be colored and not more than 1/2 white. Eyes color must be conform to coat color.


 

 

CHARACTER

The British Shorthairs are affectionate, reserved, independent ; they are  quiet companions appreciating children and other cats ; they are also good hunters. Their voices are soft and sweet.


 

 

CARE

As with other dense-coated cats, twice or thrice weekly grooming, a monthly bath.

 


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