British Shorthair Cats

Read our comprehensive guide to British Shorthair Cats, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of British Shorthair Cats 

The British Shorthair Cat is one of the oldest Great British breeds not to mention one of the most popular and can be traced back to 1898. The theories surrounding the origins of the breed are twofold. One theory suggests that the British Shorthair Cat was brought to the UK from Rome while the other theory suggests this breed has French roots. Its instantly recognisable physical traits such as its plush coat and softly rounded body are just a couple of reasons why this Pedigree breed is so widely adored, and its aristocratic looks are a testament to its breeding.

 

What to expect when caring for your British shorthair cat

Common British Shorthair Cat Health Issues

What breed-related health issues might you run into as a British Shorthair cat owner?

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – This is a thickening of the muscular walls of the heart, and this can result in a range of health issues including breathing difficulties.

Obesity – This breed tends to be lazy and therefore is prone to becoming overweight.

Amyloidosis – This disease results in organ failure and there are no known tests to screen for it.

How Much Grooming do British Shorthair Cats Need?

As the name suggests, the British Shorthair cat has a short coat that sits close to the body and are therefore low maintenance in the grooming department. To keep your cat’s coat in tip top condition you should brush it a few times per week. They have a plush and luxurious coat that comes in various colour and marking combinations often with a unique glistening sheen.

How Much Exercise do British Shorthair Cats Need?

The British Shorthair cat is a mellow and low maintenance breed so if you are looking for a house companion that is not demanding, this is the breed for you. Usually lively as kittens, a young British Shorthair cat is lively but becomes laid back as they age. However, while they do not need a lot of exercise, they do love to play. A few scratching posts and motivational toys around the home will keep your British Shorthair cat active.

  1. British Shorthair Cat Personality Traits

    What to expect from your British Shorthair Cat

    Compact and powerful, this breed is adored for its playful personality that stays with it well into adulthood. The British Shorthair cat has a warm and laid-back temperament and enjoys nothing more than to relax beside its owner. They are quiet and mellow and will not constantly demand your attention. It is this low maintenance temperament that draws cat owners to them and is one of the reasons why they are so popular as house companions today.

  2. Are British Shorthair Cats Family Friendly?

    British Shorthair cats are amusing and comical by nature and as a result, they get on well with children and form strong bonds with them. They are patient with children and tolerant of testing behaviour, but it is always advisable to educate your children on how to interact with a kitten or a cat and never leave the two unsupervised. They are devoted to their owners but are not prone to separation anxiety like some breeds and don’t mind being left alone.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
12-14 inches
Weight:
3.1kg-5.4kg
Temperament:
Loving and Calm
Lifespan
14-20 Years
Average Cost:
£459

British Shorthair Cat FAQs:

How Long Do British Shorthair Cats Live?

British Shorthair cats are one of the healthiest breeds and have an average life expectancy of around 14-20 years.

How Much is a British Shorthair Cat?

British Shorthair cats are among one of the most popular breeds around and the price reflects this. Of course, you have the option to adopt a cat for free, but you may prefer to purchase one from a trusted breeder. The cost of a British Shorthair cat will depend on if you want a show quality cat or a standard cat. If you do not require a British Shorthair cat with championship bloodlines, you can find one for around £450-£500.

How Big Do British Shorthair Cats Grow?

This breed are large sized cats and usually grow to around 12-14 inches. It can take British Shorthair cats longer than other breeds to reach full maturity and typically it can take up to five years to reach adulthood.

British Shorthair cats are prone to a number of common health problems, but cat insurance can provide you with cover against those unexpected vet bills. Find out more about your cover options with our Asda Money Cat Insurance.

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