British Shorthair Cat Club

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Harrison Weir: Father of all cat shows, was a great admirer of these cats. "The ordinarygarden cat," he wrote, "has survived every kind of hardship that exists at all, it is a tribute to its strength of character and endurance."

Mr. Weir's devotion to the shorthaired British cats was shared by Mr. Jung, who wasto become one of the first cat show judges. He believed if these beautiful cat were thoughtfully bred, a race of cats with aristocratic pedigrees and the same inherent goodness and quality would be developed. The breed produced was named the British Shorthair and were the only cats to be shown as Pedigreed at the first cat shows.All others were simply shown as Longhair or Shorthair, divided by their various colours.

This sturdy teddy bear has a smile and a plush coat combined with a wonderful disposition that makes them great family pets. It traces its ancestry back to the cats of Rome and is one of the of the oldest breeds of cats. The British Shorthair is also one of the largest breeds of cat. It is chunky and substantial, the male is much larger than the female. The face is round with full cheeks and the nose is short and broad.The chin is deep and strong. The ears are small and rounded and set so as to blend with the round contour of the head. The eyes are large and round. The head is set on a short thick neck. The body is cobby with a short level back. The chest is deep and the shoulders are strong. The legs are short and strong with round paws.The tail is thick and of medium length.

They is an immensely popular show cat and with the huge combination of coat colour and pattern available it is one of the biggest breed sections at major cat shows. They are relatively easy to prepare for shows because of their short coat and their easy temperament means that most cats enjoy a trip to a show. The competition is always tough and the standard is high. Prizes are withheld for long or fluffy coats,un level bite, incorrect coat colour or pattern, incorrect eye colour, white patches on anything other than a white cat as well other faults as stated in the breed standard.

British Shorthairs usually have  between three and five kittens in a litter, Generally the queens make good mothers, being placid by nature, they are very content with their brood.

They can be bred in ‘self’ or ‘solid’, which are all one colour, as well as the colourpointed, tabby, shaded and bi-colour patterns. All colours and patterns also come in the tortoiseshell pattern, which is a combination of red and cream with other colours.

Cats being cats, there are occasionally some cats who do not like the shows, or do not take to  breeding, this is no reflection on the breeder, it is  part of the cats' charm that they are individuals and we  as cat lovers have to accept this.


About The Breed

These cats have dense, plush coats that are often described as crisp or cracking, referring to the way the coat breaks over the contours of the cat's body. Their eyes are large, round and widely set and can be a variety of colours, though the copperor gold eyes of the British Blue are the best known. Their heads are round with full, chubby cheeks and their bodies are large and muscular. The breed has a broad chest and shoulders, short legs, round paws and a plush tail with a blunt tip.

The males of this breed are larger than the females, and the size difference between them is more easily noticed compared to other breeds. The males' average weight is 5-10 kilograms, whereas a female weighs up to 5–7 kilograms. As with many breeds,the adult males may also develop prominent cheek jowls that distinguish them from their female counterparts. The typical life span of this breed is 14 to 20 years.

They do not require a lot of grooming as their fur does not tangle or mat easily. However, it is recommended that the coat be brushed occasionally, especially during seasonal shedding, since they may develop hairball's at this time. British Shorthairscan be prone to obesity when de-sexed or kept indoors, so care should be taken with their diet.

The British come in many colours and patterns. For many years, the more popular blue variety was common enough to have a breed name of its own: the ‘British Blue’. It remains one of the most popular colours, though there is now a large variety of other colour and pattern variants accepted by most feline governing bodies and associations. These include the colours black, blue, white, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn. The British Shorthair is a large cat and will require approximately 70 Kcals per kg bodyweight per day of food. However, many British Shorthairs are prone to obesity, particularly neuters, and some restriction on their diet may be necessary

British Shorthairs are wonderful cats for people who work, as they are very happy to simply laze around the house while their owner is out. They do not get destructive or need other animals for company, though they do enjoy having another British Shorthair cat with similar temperament around. They are not a very vocal breed but will meow to communicate with their owners, for example when they are hungry and their food is being prepared. Some do not mind being cuddled, but most prefer to keep four paws on the ground and be patted rather than picked up.

The breed has become a favourite of animal trainers because of its nature and intelligence, and in recent years these cats have appeared in Hollywood films and television commercials.They can learn small tricks

The British Longhair

The origin of the British Longhair goes back to around 1870s. The British Long hair cat is also known as the Lowlander in Netherlands and the USA, and as Britanica in Europe. However, this breed is not recognised in the UK as a separate breed. These cats love food and with their sedentary ways can quickly gain weight so it is important to keep a careful eye on their portions to make sure they do not get fat. They are a heavy, solid cat ranging from 9 to 18 pounds but that weight should come from their massive muscular bodies, not from an excess of food. Encouraging them to play burns calories off while toning muscles: Teaser toys provide lots of gymnastic entertainment; training your cat to fetch adds running to their day; and chasing a laser light pen gives their muscles a real work out

Generally, British Longhair cats have the same physical characteristics as British Shorthair cats, with the only difference in fur length. Thus, British Longhairs have long fur. The further description of Lowlanders resembles the British Shorthair pretty much. They also have a broad chest and a short, muscled back. Their build looks stocky  and sturdy.

The paws are short with round feet. The tail is thick and either short or average in length. Chubby cheeks make their head look more round; the short, thick and muscled neck complements this overall round look. The chin is well developed and solid. British Longhairs have short, widely set ears. The eyes are large and round, as well as the head. Their colour depends on the colouration. The nose looks short and wide. Males weigh 5 to 10 kg; Females weigh up to 5-7 kg.

They are quite calm and easy going. They are fun-loving and playful, particularly as kittens. These cats attach quickly to their owners, with great affection. British Longhairs are good for owners who have to work, because they will enjoy just laying around all day. They are not destructive, and do not need any other animals for company. However, some individuals do enjoy living with another British cat that is similar in personality British Longhairs can be prone to obesity if neutered orkept as indoor cats only

Due to the length of their coat, they require more brushing than the British Shorthair. Autumn and Winter are the seasons when they have a high risk of tangles because they are preparing for winter

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