If you are after your very own teddy bear of a cat, one that is gorgeous and plush but is still happy to go off and do their own thing, the British Shorthair may be the cat for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of a British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is a medium to large sized cat that has a very sturdy and muscular body. In fact, the body type is often described as being “cobby”. The head is large and rounded with small ears and large round eyes that are copper in colour. The legs are short and heavy boned and the tail is short to medium in length. The British Shorthair has a gorgeous short, dense, and plush coat, which feels beautiful. The most common colour is blue (the British Blue) but other colours are available such as lilac, cinnamon, fawn, cream, white, and black. The British Shorthair is also available in different patterns such as bi colour and tabby.
The British Shorthair Temperament
As kittens, the British Shorthair is quite playful but as they get older, the British Shorthair tends to become less active, making them a quieter breed of cat. They are good natured but fairly independent and they are happy to keep themselves busy. However, their independence means that they are not necessarily a lap cat but they do like to know where their owners are. The British Shorthair is not a vocal cat.
Caring for a British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is known for being a very low maintenance breed with the only grooming required being a weekly brush to remove old and loose coat hairs. However, even though the breed is known for being quite stocky and muscular, you do need to be careful with their diet so that they don’t actually become overweight. The British Shorthair will live on average for 15 to 18 years as they are known for being a very hardy cat.
Who is the British Shorthair Suited To?
Because the British Shorthair is known for being quite laidback, they are suited to being a pet in any home, whether it is a single person home, a family, or a home with other pets. As they are not active as adults and are quite happy to entertain themselves, they are also suited to being a sole pet in the home.