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British Shorthair Cat History
British Shorthair cats were originally found in the alleys of 19th century
British Cities. A man called Harrison Weir loved the British street cat so much
that he selected some of the hardiest and strongest, bred them and almost
single-handedly created the British Shorthair.
The British Shorthair became an officially acknowledged breed by 1889 and went
on to become one of the most popular breeds in cat shows at that time and still
British Shorthair Cat - General Appearance:
The British Shorthair cat is medium to large in size, well balanced and
powerful, showing good depth of body, a full broad chest, strong short legs,
rounded paws, tail thick at base with rounded tip. The head is round with good
width between small ears, round cheeks, firm chin, large round, well opened eyes
and a short broad nose. The coat is short and dense.
British Shorthair Cat - Personality
British Shorthair are placid, non demanding, tolerant, docile and respectful.
They are not vocal cats and in fact are very quiet and can cope with being alone
without fretting. They are not inclined to wander. They love children and get
along extremely well with dogs.
British Shorthair Cat - Facts:
British Shorthairs are the ideal choice as a house cat. The average life
span of these cats is 15-18 years, although many live past that age.
They are a very hardy cat. British Shorthairs can be bred in over 30
different colours, although some colours are not readily available.
Despite its origin as a vagabond of no fixed address (or perhaps because
of it) the British Shorthair cat now very much gravitate towards the
comforts of home and hearth. Here it greatly enjoys snoozing and
lounging around the house - and even when outdoors doesn't usually
wander far from home. Having "fallen on its feet", this cool, calm and
collected cat nowadays quietly embraces family life, while making a
decorative, dignified and much loved member of the household. Home sweet
home, in fact is just up its alley.
The British Shorthair cat breed, though slow to mature, will quickly win your
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