The British Shorthair cat’s origins can be found not in Britain but on the continent – it’s believed Roman soldiers probably brought the cat to Britain and centuries later it made its way around the rest of the globe.
It is one of the world’s most popular breeds of cats and one of the largest – these cats can weigh up to about seven kilos. The male British Shorthair is much larger than the female, but both male and female have chunky bodies, round faces and short noses. Their eyes are large and round, while the ears are quite small and their coats are short and dense.
Apart from their temperament (they are loving and affectionate), one reason why they are so popular is the variety of coat combinations this cat is bred in, from black, white, a frosty grey, deep red and chocolate. Their coats are also easy to maintain and shed very little, requiring little or no grooming by their human companions. While they are loving, British Shorthairs are not demanding and are happy to stay indoors. They make good pets for families with children and other pets.
British Shorthairs are generally sturdy and healthy and can live well into their teens. Of course, regular check-ups are advised, especially as they get older, to ensure their teeth and bodies are functioning well.
As a larger cat they will need more calories than other cat breeds, though watch their food intake as they are prone to obesity.