There's a beautiful breed of cat known as the British Shorthair. As beautiful as this cat is, they are a little standoffish - that is until they get to know you.
If you are checking out this particular Brit, here are a few things to get you started on learning more about this delightful breed.
History of the British Shorthair
While this breed may have British in its name, it actually dates back to Ancient Rome. Serving as vermin hunters aboard ships, dedicated breeders ensured that this cat remained around.
In 1874, a British Shorthair cat named Brynbuboo Little Monarch won the Grand Championship of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. It is said that every single British Shorthair cat alive today can trace their lineage all the way back to this particular cat!
What About Appearance?
British Shorthair cats are similar to Peter Pan - they never want to grow up. It can take up to five years for this breed to become their full size and weight. Females weigh as little as seven pounds and up to 12 pounds while the males are larger at 9 to 17 pounds.
They are around 12 to 14 inches in height and come in a variety of colors including grey-blue, grey and white, black and white, pure cream, blue spotted, calico, pure white, and silver red spotted.
The eyes of the British Shorthair are typically a copper-amber color that is very striking but in some cases you'll find this breed with eyes of blue, hazel, green, and even two different colors of eyes.
Characteristics of the British Shorthair
While you won't always find this breed lounging in your lap, the British Shorthair does like to be nearby and will keep an eye on you. It is interesting that while the males are more whimsical, the females are sometimes more serious in nature and won't take your nonsense.
They are considered to be very intelligent and affectionate to their owners but still have that British flair of dignity and you might find yours acting stoic at times.
This breed of cat has a very long lifespan with the averages being around 14 or 15 years. However, it is not rare to find one that lives up to 20 years of age.
There are no specific health concerns with this breed, but just the usual feline issues to be aware of such as obesity and diabetes - so make sure he doesn't eat too much as to become overweight.
One thing that is more prevalent in this breed is gum disease. This may be due to their shorter face and nose but if you see warning signs like bad breath or irritated and red gums, a trip to the vet is recommended.
A Family-Friendly Addition
The British Shorthair loves their family and have a good temperament. You will want to groom them a couple of times a week to keep shedding at a minimum. This is a cat breed that is ideal around children and pets but be sure that your children know that it is not a cat to be toted around - they aren't down with that at all. Otherwise, you will find this cat to be an excellent addition to most any family - even those with human children and K9 children.
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