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 About the breed

The Original Cheshire Cat

Nature and appearance

Compared to most shortair breeds, British Shorthairs are relatively calm cats when they mature. They are easy going in nature and have quiet, small voices. Very affectionate, they usually become very attached to the people they own, including younger family members.


British like to spend time in your company, but most are usually not fond of being carried. These are sturdy, dense-coated, purring teddy bear cats with large round eyes. Many are drawn to the British because of their size. Although they are not huge, they are a medium to large cat. They are a slow maturing breed and do not reach their full size until three years of age, even four for boys.

Probably the oldest breed of British cat, the British Shorthair can trace its ancestry back to the domestic cats of Rome. This breed was first prized for its physical strength and hunting ability, unlike today where hunting is usually restricted to toy mouseys! British Shorthairs may have started out as street cats in Great Britain, but with hard work from breeders all over the world they are now a force to be reckoned with on the show bench and these beautiful cats are much-loved internationally.

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