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British Shorthair Origin

History

The British Shorthair has a rags to riches history. Descended from the cats introduced into England during the Roman times the breed had centuries of "living rough" alongside man rather than with him which produced a line of strong, self-sufficient, hardy cats. Nineteenth century author and artist, Harrison Weir, so admired these cats natural sturdiness and intelligence that he started selectively breeding the most outstanding specimens he could find and developed them into a breed.

The British Shorthair is indeed a sturdy, compact looking cat. It has a massive round head and a deep-chested, cobby body with a coat unique to its breed-short, dense, plush and "crisp", not soft to the touch.

Because of its dense coat, the British Shorthair is exceptionally hardy and resistant to cold and has a stamina born of countless generations of life in all kinds of weather.

One of its distinctions is in the wide range of beautiful coat colourings – anything from traditional solids to tabby, tortoiseshell, bi-colours, tri-colours and new colours such as lilac, colour points and chocolate. Of all these, blue has remained the favourite throughout the years.

A British Shorthair is a delight to own, being intelligent, affectionate and even tempered. Someone once said that British Shorthairs are typically British in temperament : they have a strong character but are rather reserved by nature. They demand less attention than other breeds, although they love it , and are not at all pushy and are just the cat to cope with busy lifesytles.

Adaptable to its surroundings, the British Shorthair generally gets on well with dogs and other cats.

They are extremely resilient when interacting with children and they're placid, easy going, unflappable nature means they take almost anything in their stride.

 

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