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British Shorthair

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Undemanding Companion

Dependent, Eager to please, Sociable

British Shorthairs are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of British Shorthairs, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the British Shorthair and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium to large, powerful Coat:Short, very dense, resilient, firm

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: British Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: British Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

British Shorthairs are quiet, social, and adaptable, making them an excellent family companion.

Positive Traits:

Has a quiet or soft voice

Excellent companion and independent

Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments

Negative Traits:

Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly

May resist being picked up and carried



Whether you are considering adding a new British Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every British Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the British Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a British Shorthairs could encounter:

Heart Disease

Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)

Hemophilia

Urolithiasis

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Gingivitis

The national cat of the British Isles, British Shorthairs come from the domestic shorthaired cats introduced to the islands by Roman invaders. Nearly lost during World War II, the Brit was rejuvenated through careful crossbreeding and was officially recognized as a distinct breed in 1980. Affectionate and sociable, Shorthairs enjoy human companionship and get along well with children and other pets. They are quiet, calm, and adaptable. Do not expect an acrobat however, for British Shorthairs can be clumsy and shy away jumping and climbing.

Consult with a veterinarian if your British Shorthair shows signs of the following:

Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

Labored or open-mouth breathing, vomiting

Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries

Lack of response to noises

  • Care

    Routine Care: British Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: British Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    British Shorthairs are quiet, social, and adaptable, making them an excellent family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    Has a quiet or soft voice

    Excellent companion and independent

    Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments

    Negative Traits:

    Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly

    May resist being picked up and carried



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new British Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every British Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the British Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a British Shorthairs could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)

    Hemophilia

    Urolithiasis

    Polycystic Kidney Disease

    Gingivitis

  • History

    The national cat of the British Isles, British Shorthairs come from the domestic shorthaired cats introduced to the islands by Roman invaders. Nearly lost during World War II, the Brit was rejuvenated through careful crossbreeding and was officially recognized as a distinct breed in 1980. Affectionate and sociable, Shorthairs enjoy human companionship and get along well with children and other pets. They are quiet, calm, and adaptable. Do not expect an acrobat however, for British Shorthairs can be clumsy and shy away jumping and climbing.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your British Shorthair shows signs of the following:

    Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    Labored or open-mouth breathing, vomiting

    Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries

    Lack of response to noises

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