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British Longhair

The British Longhair is a medium sized, short, muscular cat breed, with a wide chest and a love for relaxing. Underneath an impressive straight, resilient and weather-proof coat, there is a compact and powerful cat, with a broad chest, short, strong legs and neat round paws. The coat is semi-longhair and should be dense, with tufted feet and plenty of fur on the ears.

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Quiet and sedate cat
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home

Key Facts

Lifespan:  12 – 17 years
Weight:  3.2 – 7.7kg
Colours: Solid, tabby, parti-colour and dilutes.


Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 2/5
Intelligence: 3/5
Tendency to Vocalise: 4/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Grooming Needs: 5/5
Shedding: 4/5
British Longhair

History and Origins

The British Longhair is a relatively recent variant to the short, plush coated, round faced British Shorthair. In an attempt to increase the roundness of the face and shortening of the nose, whilst maintaining a plush, thick coat, breeders outcrossed to Traditional Persians and Turkish Angoras (amongst others). These litters inevitably resulted in some semi-longhaired cats and whilst initially these kittens were unwanted, in later years breeders realised these were very attractive cats and began intentionally breeding for them.

They are in the first stages of recognition and are currently listed as a variant of the British type cat with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and Felis Britannica (the UK branch of the Fedieration Internationale Feline).

British Longhair


As kittens, the British Longhair is a playful and adorable creature, with its huge eyes and fluff. When they mature, they are inclined to adopt more thoughtful and lazy behaviour, more given to planning and plotting than to physical involvement in cat-based chaos. They enjoy some time outdoors but are a little too trusting and slow to react, to be given free access to the wider world, and will need supervision and ideally, a cat-proofed garden or an enclosed ‘catio’.

The British Longhair is not a demanding cat, and as a quiet creature, they’re a little too easy to ignore, so care must be taken to ensure they are given plenty of social contact and ‘family time’.

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