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Is the British Shorthair Cat
Breed for You?

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The British Shorthair cat breed can help clean out unwanted rodents if they are a problem for you in your home. These big cats may look placid and lazy, but they are actually great hunters. After all, the British Shorthair is descended from Britain's barn and house cats.


This breed was created in the late nineteenth century. Despite its early popularity, the British Shorthair cat breed almost became extinct in the mid twentieth century, as other breeds were developed. Luckily, a few Shorthair fanciers were determined to save this wonderful, historic breed and the British Shorthair was saved. In the late twentieth century, these cats reached the United States, where they immediately became extremely popular.

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Although you can find a British Shorthair cat in a wide range of colors, including orange eyed or blue eyed white, red or silver tabby, tortoiseshell, smoke, bi-colors, and points, the most popular color is probably blue. In fact, blue British Shorthairs were so popular in the United States that they were the only color recognized by cat associations for many years.

This cat can be a heavy weight contender

The British shorthair cat breed is on the large side, weighing in at a hefty nine to eighteen pounds. British Shorthair cats have a short tail that is on the broad side, a round head with wide cheeks, and a thick, short coat.

Although the British Shorthair cat breed is fairly laid back, this is not a breed that is interested in being picked up and cuddled. In fact, these cats hate being picked up or handled so much that many cat fanciers say that they should be re-named the 'four feet on the ground' breed.

As long as you allow him to do his own thing, your British Shorthair will be happy. If you are looking for a cat that wants to snuggle in your lap as you watch television, you may be quite disappointed with the British Shorthair breed.

For people who can't spend a lot of time at home, this cat breed is ideal. The British Shorthair is very self contained and does not spend a lot of time playing or socializing. As long as you are there to feed him each morning and can give him a little attention each evening, he will be a happy cat.

Since this breed is a descendant of several gene pools, it is generally a healthy breed. However, there is one thing you should be aware.

You should consider having your kitten tested to find out which type of blood he has in case he needs emergency surgery in the future.

You should be sure to have your veterinarian make a note of your cat's blood type in his medical chart so that there are no unnecessary complications.

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While most cats have Type-A blood, many British Shorthairs have the more rare Type-B blood type.

Kate Rieger is the voice behind the words at Coolest-Cat-Care.com. She is partnered with the Kentucky S.N.I.P clinic and together through adoptions, education programs and spay/neuter efforts, they provide affordable solutions to reducing the pet overpopulation crisis in the Kentuckiana region.