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British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a medium to large sized, compact, chunky cat, known for their attractive features and thick, plush fur. 

Short coupled and robust, the British Shorthair is instantly recognisable by their rounded face and large round eyes, giving this cat an adorable expression and bags of character. 

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 once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The British Shorthair cat breed can be prone to: 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. 
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. 
- British Shorthair autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome which is a serious condition where an abnormally large amount of immune cells are produced which leads to organ enlargement, anaemia and general illness. 

Testing available:
- DNA testing for British Shorthair autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition. 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 17 years
Weight:  3 - 7.7kg
Colours:  Comes in solid colours, with or without white markings, tabby patterns, and Siamese patterns, but the most recognisable is the blue with striking orange eyes. 


Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 2/5
Intelligence: 3/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  4/5
Likes Other Pets: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 3/5
Woman is holding her pet - British Shorthair cat


Affectionate, playful and loyal, the British Shorthair is a very companionable cat with family and close friends, although like many cats they may take a little time to warm up to strangers. A relatively quiet cat, and surprisingly gregarious, the British Shorthair gets on well in multi-cat households and will befriend other household pets too, particularly cat-friendly dogs. 

British Shorthair cat is having a nap on the sofa

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Rome

Likely to be the first selectively bred cat breed, despite its name, the British Shorthair traces its roots back to Rome, and the cats brought here with the Romans, as mousers, ratters, and probably sneaky stowaways! Cats brought by Roman invaders would have had to be tough, clever, weather-proof and hardy, to survive the journey and to breed with the native wildcats! Once on British soil they made themselves at home and eventually began to be selectively bred for their rounded and appealing appearance and affectionate nature. First recorded as the British Shorthair in 1870, the breed has been popular ever since. 

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