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.