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British Shorthair

British Shorthair

Basic British Shorthair Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 6 - 12 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in British Shorthair

British Shorthair Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

British Shorthair History

  • As its name implies, it originated in Great Britain, but earlier reports indicate they were descendents of domestic cats with wild native cats during the days of ancient Rome.
  • In 1871, a 14-year-old British Shorthair captured Best in Show at the first formal cat show held at the Crystal Palace in London.
  • First arrived in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.
  • The breed's popularity waned during World War I, but has steadily regained is appeal ever since.
  • Accepted by both the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association. Achieved championship status by the CFA in 1980.

British Shorthair Behavior Concerns

  • Affectionate in a dignified manner.
  • Love to leap on laps, but tend to leave because their thick coats combined with your body heat makes them get overheated
  • Smart, loyal and a bit reserved.
  • Exhibits quiet confidence.
  • Not noted for its speed or agility, but delights people with its comical nature.
  • Well-behaved and easy going, ideally suited for apartment living.
  • Best suited for indoor living. Supervise them when outdoors because their docile nature makes them ill-suited against fights from raccoons, coyotes or other predators.

Look of British Shorthairs

  • Trademark color is blue with a tinge of gray but also comes in more than 30 different colors and patterns.
  • The coat breaks over the body's contours, often described as crisp or cracking.
  • Muscular, well portioned in medium to large frames.
  • Round is the key word to describe this breed as it sports round faces, eyes and ears.
  • Thick necks, broad chests, medium-sized legs and rounded paws with a tail thick at the base.
  • Takes up to five years to reach physical maturity.

Grooming British Shorthair Cats

  • Thick, plush coat feels surprisingly velvet to the touch.
  • Run a comb through its coat at least weekly to keep it mat-free and looking healthy.
  • Fares best when you use basic metal or curry combs.
  • Be sure to brush the coat especially during seasonal shedding times.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for British Shorthairs

  • Not prone to any diet-related medical condition.
  • Due to its size and relative moderate activity level, measure food portions to prevent this breed from becoming overweight.

Fun Facts of British Shorthairs

  • Author Lewis Carroll immortalized the British Shorthair's "Cheshire-cat like smile" in his classic, Alice in Wonderland.
  • Reported to have more fur per square inch than any other cat breed.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

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As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us at (770) 962-8326.


If it is after normal business hours, please contact:

VCA DeKalb- Gwinnett Animal Emergency

(770) 491-0661

6430 Lawrenceville Highway

Tucker Georgia 30084