- Highly active and inquisitive cat
- Sociable and dependent cat
- Average build cat breed
- Requires grooming once a week
- Outdoor cat
- Great family cat
Some consider British Shorthair cats as the 'gentle giants' of the cat world. They are loving and affectionate with people and other animals. British Shorthair cats do not continuously demand human attention and are quieter than their Oriental counterparts, nor do they have the curious nature that gets many Oriental cat breeds into trouble!
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Britain
Although there are only written records for the British Shorthair cat that date back to the beginning of the century, the breed has been in existence for hundreds of years. They were exported in large numbers to the New World where they were very popular. The variety of colours and coat patterns available today have come from the selective breeding of the best street cats during the nineteenth century and careful breeding plans to the present day.