British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair Cat is a large and strong breed of cat. They have a short and soft plush coat that is easy to groom. They are also called the “British Blue” because most often they were a blue cat. The blue is still the most popular color.

Although blue remains the most popular color, they do come in a variety of colors including black, blue, white, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Their color patterns vary a bit as well.

The Blues have also been called the Cheshire cat and apparently inspired the cat in the film Alice in Wonderland.

British Shorthairs have a heavy bone structure and solid build. They can be prone to obesity. Their normal weight range is 10-22 pounds in with females weighing between 10 and 15 pounds. It is important to keep an eye on their weight. You should judge by their overall look.

Their heads are round and feature chubby cheeks. Their bodies are large, round and muscular. Their chest and shoulders are broad and their tail is plush.

They have a laid back attitude and are quite intelligent cats. They are quite calm and loyal cats that learn quickly. They are frequently used in films and television commercials because of how trainable they are.

They are not as playful or excitable as some other cat breeds are. They tend to observe from the sidelines. So they are just fine as indoor cats and do well in apartments. They do not need a lot of attention but do enjoy a bit of playtime.

If you are looking for a cat that is good looking with a calm demeanor and easy to care for, the British Shorthair cat might be the best cat for you.

Where Can Buy or Adopt these Cats?

In North America, British Shorthair Cats are mainly available through breeders and there is usually a waiting list for a reputable breeder. Outside of North America they are more common and you may not have to wait at all.

I always suggest looking for a cat rescue or animal shelter for any breed of cat. You’ll save a life and get a cat that already has had most of the required veterinary care. And it will be spayed or neutered for you already.

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