About the Popular British Shorthair Cat Breed

The British Shorthair breed originated from native British domestic cats that were crossed with Persians and Angoras.


British Shorthairs are easygoing, calm, friendly cats that enjoy human interaction. They love lounging around and are not overly active. 


The British Shorthair has a round face, chubby cheeks, dense coat, and compact, muscular body. Coat colors include blue


British Shorthairs need daily brushing to prevent matting. Trim nails monthly. Feed high-quality food and keep water bowl full.

Care Tips

Some potential health issues are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease, hereditary myopathy, and retinal dysplasia. 

Health Issues

British Shorthairs are easy to train, enjoy playing fetch, and make soothing purring sounds. Winston Churchill owned one named Nelson.

Fun Facts

British Shorthairs are extremely patient, gentle cats that get along well with respectful, school-aged children who treat them kindly.

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