British Shorthair Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

British Shorthair Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

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British Shorthair Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics And Facts

The British Shorthair is recognizable from afar. A well-rounded head, beautiful jowls, a massive body, an adorable face. It gives the impression of being a teddy bear. In addition to an irresistible physique, it is a cat with character to chew. Adorable, endearing, affectionate, he has a remarkable intelligence. He is at the same time very independent but also very attached to the attention that one carries to him. True to its owner, it is ideal for a family. Indeed, player, he loves to share moments with children. He also appreciates the presence of other animals in the home.

Race history

Not surprisingly, the British Shorthair originates in Britain . Today cousin of the Carthusian , he knows precisely ancestors very similar to these. It is mainly seen from 1871. At this date, breeders decide to exhibit, at the Crystal Palace in London , the most beautiful gutter cats found. All cats are then called British Shorthair . It also differentiates them from the British longhair . It becomes the equivalent of the American Shorthair, known mainly in the United States and Japan.

It was exported in the late nineteenth century to the United States, where it took the name of Domestic Shorthair for nearly half a century. The breed almost did not see the aftermath of the First World War,but eventually resisted to come back afterwards. However, the race is not necessarily the same anymore. So, to revive, crosses with Persians are made. This allows the British Shorthair to regain its robustnessand its typical look . The British Shorthair is recognized by the LOOF in 1979. It is today one of the favorite cats of the French.  

Pictures of British Shorthair

Physical characteristics

His body : The British Shorthair has a massive, muscular body with a powerful bone structure. His back and shoulders are wide. Even his legs are imposing. Be careful, his roundness does not make him a big cat, on the contrary.  
Its hair : It has a short hair, compact and very dense, with a thick undercoat, which gives it a good natural protection.    
Its color : The British Shorthair has no color of its own. All tones are allowed, are accepted.  
His head : His head is characteristic of his race. It has well-stocked jowls, a rather round head, wide. His neck, muscular, prolongs his head. His nostrils are curved and open. 
Their eyes: Their spacing gives the feeling of a rather wide nose. The color of these eyes, otherwise round, quite large and totally open, varies according to the cat’s dress.   
His ears : The British Shorthair has small curved ears to the front. They marry wonderfully in the design of a well rounded head.    
His tail : It is rather long, with a thick layer of hair at its base. It is refined as and to finish on a rounded tip. It measures about 2 thirds of the body of the cat.

Behavior and character

Potential to play 
Tendency to meow 

It is a cat as independent as very attached to his family . He is reserved, peaceful and very kind, attentive, delicate . His balanced mood allows him to adapt to all environments. It is ideal for a familywith one or more children . Indeed, he likes to have a playmate and will get along so well with the youngest. Curious, intelligent , he does not hesitate to approach strangers. Is not inclined to a little loneliness at times.

Living conditions

Cohabitation with children 
Sociable with other animals 
Love foreigners 

The British Shorthair is hungry for freedom and open spaces , dictated by his predatory instinct. Thus, the campaign will allow him to hunt as he pleases. It also adapts to apartment living . He prefers quiet places . The absence of a garden will not be a problem for this cat who, paradoxically, appreciates the vast spaces, calm and relaxed .



Like its cousin, the American Shorthair, the British Shorthair has only one genetic disease  : polycystic kidney , which affects the kidneys and is unfortunately irreversible, deadly. It is also important to pay attention to certain cardiac pathologies that can be triggered with age. It is also recommended to monitor all cat walk returns to avoid flea invasion at your home. Finally, vaccination for this cat with solid health is recommended. A vaccination against rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza, like all its congeners.

To guard against these risks and to insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets advises you a British Shorthair cat insurance .

Life expectancy



The life expectancy of a British Shorthair is between 15 and 20 years .

Calculate the human age of your British Shorthair!

Maintenance and hygiene

Easy to groom 
Cost of maintenance 

Because of its rather short fur, the British Shorthair does not require any particular maintenance , except for a weekly brushing . Brushing more frequent during molting periods, especially to prevent the undercoat getting tangled with the hair. Thus, the brushing sessions must be daily. Do not hesitate to brush more regularly if the fear of hairball formations exists. Indeed, some dead hairs can gather in the digestive system of the cat and promote intestinal obstruction .

The British Shorthair simply requires special attention during moulting , particularly in brushing the undercoat. For the rest, it is a very clean cat . As with all, the condition of your ears should be monitored regularly. In addition, because of its many trips outside, it is important to monitor his coat to avoid fleas.

Price and budget


Mini400 €

Max1800 €

The purchase price of a British Shorthair is between 400 € and 1800 €.


Mini150 €

Max300 €

The annual maintenance cost of a British Shorthair is between € 150 and € 300.


It is important not to overfeed the British Shorthair which is subject to obesity in case of over-calorie food. He will need a diet high in protein and low in fat, with dietary supplements for nutrients and vitamins.