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British Shorthair

British Shorthair
British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a cat who radiates calmness; whilst some breeds are alert and ready to move at any stimulus the British Shorthair rather absorbs what is going on around him and inwardly digests rather than outwardly reacting. The first impression you get is of a sturdy cat without exaggeration. He is compact with a broad chest on short, strong legs and round is probably the right word for him. Starting at his paws and working up his business-like legs to his cobby body he is quite the antithesis of the long lean Oriental with a close coat and whippy tail.

Think of illustrations of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and you have the British Shorthair, permanently smiling because of the shape of his face. The orignal British Shorthair was the British Blue but in the 1950s other colours were introduced and now the GCCF Breed Standard has page of colour varieties, from the single or Self colours through Mackerel or Classsic Tabby, Spotted, Torties, Bi-Colour, Van Pattern, Tipped, Self Pointed and Colour Pointed.

The coat texture of the British Shorthair is very unusual; it stands off the body, short, dense and firm giving a luxuriously plush appearance and feels like an expensive carpet. Laid-back and relaxed they make excellent family pets, adapting well to circumstances and othere members of the household whether two or four-legged. Unpretentious and unexaggerated, the Shorthair is a cat where people will say 'That's a real cat'.

Although the British Shorthairs have no particular health problems, it makes good sense to insure your cats.  Many breeders sell their kittens with six weeks free insurance cover.  More and more owners are now insuring their pets as advances in veterinary medicine, plus the soaring costs of drugs can mean astronomical bills.

British Shorthair Breed Clubs & Rescue

British Shorthair Breeders

Psychedelic British Blue Location Langley, Berkshire. Please visit website. See kittens page.  Also other colours - visit BSH page and Singapuras. 

Loraston British Blue   Location Alton, Hampshire.  Please visit our website to check kitten availabiltiy.  Also other colours - visit BSH page.

Contact the Breed Clubs who will have lists of Breeders and may have Kitten Lists. 


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