British Shorthair

Also known as: British Blue
  • British Shorthair
  • British shorthair

General description

British Shorthair cats are fond of a peaceful family life, they enjoy spending their day with both adults and children just relaxing. This breed is very well behaved around strangers. The British Shorthair doesn't require special care to keep its fur clean nor in regards to its personal health, although regular vet checkups are mandatory. British Shorthair cats are rather quiet and fond of a engaging in interaction that is limited in duration and moderate in manners. Maintenance cost for your British Shorthair is within range.

British Shorthair in short

  • Group 3: Terriers
  • Height from 10 to 110 cm
  • Weight from 4 to 9 kg
  • Longevity from 12 to 17 years

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: red, white, grey, black, blue, silver, cream, gold
  • Hair: thick, straight, short
  • Coats: double color, solid

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Costs and maintenance

As it regards maintenance cost for the British Shorthair the breed sits on fairly moderate levels. Food consumption is within average and not defined by any specific criteria relating to the amount of food ingested by this type of cat. The British Shorthair's health is generally strong although it is always advisable to perform a targeted and regular checkup with an experienced veterinarian. Coat care for the British Shorthair is relatively within standards and it doesn't involve particular or exceptional events in this regard.

Maintenance cost within average

Characteristics Summary

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

The British Shorthair perfectly adjust to family life. This is a domestic breed that enjoys spending time doing fundamentally nothing but in the company of the owner. The main motivation to interact in this type of cat is in fact sharing environments with family members. The British Shorthair will follow you everywhere you go without particular expectations but with the intention of sharing the home environments with you and all other family members.

Absolute affection towards the family

Friendly towards children

This cat breed has a reactiveness threshold below average. Not so appropriate when a child wants to interact with it in a fairly dynamic way. A trait that however doesn't penalize this breed's great ability to prove itself friendly towards kids as it is gifted with a pleasant sense of responsibility which limits issues and discomfort during this type of interaction. Nonetheless, said moments should occur under close adult supervision.

Very friendly towards children

Relationship with strangers

The calm nature of the British Shorthair adequately limits its interactive skills with strangers entering the house or moving in public spaces. This is a decent advantage when this type of cat ventures outdoors as it allows it to avoid issues with people that may have specific intentions. Everything is much easier when the British Shorthair is interacting within the domestic environment with no noteworthy excess as the breed is able to maintain a cordial relationship with people that it just met.

High level of tolerance for strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

The main factor driving this trait in the British Shorthair is connected to the chance of being exposed to early socialization with other pets living in the house. There are usually no particular issues to be noted in this respect. Nevertheless, it is useful to pay close attention to the initial phases of such socialization, to the pets' reactions and their ability to live their day-to-day life in its entirety under the same roof. The guarantee is that the British Shorthair is not used to causing any trouble in this kind of relationship.

Maximum friendliness towards other animals

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

The coat of the British Shorthair is very resistant and must be cared for with certain frequency making sure it is kept free from dead hair, especially during the most typical times of the year such as the approaching of spring and autumn. Generally, this type of cat doesn't require particular or specific care and it is capable of keeping efficiently clean autonomously. Never underestimate the importance of a weekly brushing session and use of products to maintain proper resistance and cleanliness of the coat.

The British Shorthair doesn't shed. Hypoallergenic

Easiness to clean

Little and precise advice is necessary in order to clean the British Shorthair given this breed is not fond of spending much time outside the house. This can be a decent advantage for a busy owner who should however not underestimate the importance of inspecting sensitive areas such as the mouth and tail with a targeted attention to the British Shorthair's teeth after meals to prevent the onset of issues connected to periodontitis and the oral cavity.

The British Shorthair is very easy to clean

Health and diseases

The level of health of a cat like the British Shorthair is generally optimal and long-lasting throughout its entire life. This type of cat doesn't incur in a high number or serious cases of diseases although it is vital to assess the trustworthiness and reliability of the breeder from which the British Shorthair is purchased. Generally, British Shorthair cats may be subject to issues such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and gingivitis as well as other mouth diseases.

Perfect health level throughout its entire lifespan

Tendency to gain weight

This breed's relatively sedentary nature can become a problem as it concerns maintaining an adequate weight. Owners of a British Shorthair must pay close attention to their cat's diet by trying to limit access to alternative food sources as much as possible and providing their pet with genuine, high-quality food. Furthermore, owners will need to thoroughly monitor meal times during the day and prevent the British Shorthair from eating in quantity exceeding the suggested amounts.

Average tendency to gain weight

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

The intelligence of a British Shorthair is immediately clear in its behavior within the contexts in which it finds itself. This type of cat doesn't have a destructive nature. Said aspect is a decent advantage inside the home environment. The British Shorthair loves to interact rather calmly and it is fond of playing and tackling a series of fairly complex puzzles. The breed's nature is however more inclined to maintain an interested and vigilant behavior that is never over the top, especially during interaction.

High level of intelligence

Inclination to bark or howl

The British Shorthair doesn't have a tendency to overuse vocalization. This type of cat will usually resort to meowing to get the owner's attention when it is time to eat or in specific moments of the day connected to the interaction with family members. Overall, British Shorthair cats are rather quiet and inclined to avoid behaving in any other way. It is important to pay attention to the British Shorthair's meowing during the key moments of the day and in connection with its physiological demands.

Average tendency to meow

Exercise requirements

Tendency to play

The tendency to play of a British Shorthair is quite limited in comparison to other cat breeds. This type of cat retains decent athletic skills however it doesn't tend to abuse of particularly reactive or dynamic behaviors. The moments throughout the day in which a British Shorthair displays some sort of inclination to engage in playful activities are quite limited in duration and not particularly typical as this breed can be appreciated a lot more for other types of qualities.

Low tendency to play

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