Cousin Chartreux and European, the Bristish Shorthair is recognizable by its round forms that make it look like a big teddy bear.
1. British origins
The origins of Britsh Shorthair are not so easy to identify. Legend has it that a Greek general fled from ancient Egypt with his cats, whose favorite was Scota. After having won Portugal, the cats of this general mated and multiplied. One day, a descendant of this general went to discover the northern islands and took with him children of Scota. He discovered an island where he decided to settle with his cats and named it Scotaland, in tribute to the cat of his deceased grandfather.
Then the island became Scotland. It was only in the 19th century that these “gutter” cats, which had developed all over the island since, were recognized as a breed. Indeed, the English wanted a breed of pure Anglo-Saxon cats and they crossed these cats with Persians. The beauty of the British Shorthair seduced a large part of the population and its popularity crossed the borders.
2. A powerful physique and all round
The British Shorthair is a cat with a rather imposing appearance since it weighs between 4 and 8 kg. His body is strong and muscular and his head is all round like a teddy bear. It is often said that it is apple-shaped. His round eyes, usually gold or brass, match the color of his dress, his nose is curved and his ears are very pointed.
3. A wool coat
The hair of the British Shorthair has the distinction of being very short and tight, as the name suggests. The density of the hair is so strong that it makes it look like wool and makes it incredibly soft. It’s simple, it feels like stroking a stuffed toy! All dress colors are allowed, but blue is the most appreciated.
4. A calm and independent temperament
The British Shorthair cat is a particularly nice and tolerant cat, especially with children and other animals. Very attached to his master, he needs a lot of affection, but also supports loneliness very well. His independent, reserved and proud character can sometimes make him a bit stubborn. He needs to be limited so as not to take over his human.
5. A great hunter
The British Shorthair inherited a great predatory instinct from its rat hunter ancestors. As a result, he has a strong need for space and freedom. Life in an apartment is not recommended for this beautiful cat. On the other hand, because of his independent temperament, it is necessary to teach him very early to come back when you call him. Very player, he needs to be surrounded by toys, but also to be able to have fun with the children of the family.