British Shorthair Cat

British Shorthair Cat Behavior / Temperament: Loyal, easy going, loving but a little reserved, a bit inactive and clumsy 

British Shorthair Cat Colors: Originally a blue color only (hence its original name of British Blue), it now comes in a myriad of colors.

Weight: Female 7 – 12 pounds, Male 9 – 17 pounds

Lifespan: 12 – 17+ years

Maintenance: Low


British Shorthair Cat Origin

The British Shorthair cat, or British Blue cat as it was originally called and still is sometimes, originated from the streets of England where they were great hunters of rodents etc. Breeders over the years have refined them into their current incarnation.

British Shorthair Cat Behavior / Temperament

The British Shorthair cat’s personality reflects the British people, a little reserved, loving, but not overly affectionate, loyal and they tend to be laid back – so not a high maintenance cat. They love to be near you but not necessarily on you. They are a good companion cat that doesn’t require ongoing validation and attention from their owner. This cat breed likes to be patted but not really carried around. They are not an agile, athletic cat by any means, in fact they tend to be a bit clumsy at times.

British Shorthair Cat Physical Characteristics

This short haired cat’s overall body shape is round, as are its face, eyes, tail tip and paws. These felines are big boned and muscly with stocky legs and were originally bred to catch rodents and insects around houses and barns. They have short, thick fur which is a little coarse and this dense coat provided protection for them when they were hunting.

British Shorthair Cat Colors

The British short haired cats were traditionally blue in color and have been known to be called British Blues but they now also come in a range of other colors from white, tabby through to dark browns.