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Like its American cousin, the British Shorthair broke through the class barrier and went from upstart to royalty. It was brought to England by the Romans over two thousand years ago. This tough guy spent much of its time fighting in alleys and roaming the streets.
In the late 1800s, the British Shorthair came out of barns and into cat shows as a breed of its own.
World War II decimated the breed. After the war, it was cross bred with Persians and short hair breeds to build back up. After the cross-breeding ended, the result was a round-faced, large cat with an easy going disposition.
These felines come in a wide array of colors, the most common being British Blue. Whatever the color, this beautiful animal has a large head set on a thick powerful neck and a wide chest. Its a very healthy feline. Its coat, thick and velvety.
The British Shorthair is an affectionate cat that often adopts the whole family instead of just one person. It follows its humans around like a dog, will sit quietly by their side, likes children and other pets.
Like a lot of us, the British Shorthair tends to put on pounds when it reaches middle-age. Its diet should be carefully monitored so that his/her life expectancy of fourteen to twenty years isn't cut short.
If this beautiful cat does suffer from health problems, its probably gingivitis or cardiomyopathy.
This is a large cat. The males may weigh as much as eighteen pounds.
British Shorthairs are an affectionate cat but they don't normally like to be held or carried around. Interested in adding one to your family? Even though, this breed is rare in America, before you go to a breeder, please check your local rescue or shelter and save a life.