The British Shorthair is known for his adorable teddy like face with round chipmunk cheeks and a big Cheshire Cat type smile. This cat has a great disposition and a life expectancy of 14 – 20 years!
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The British Shorthair is one of the oldest English cat breeds. Its ancestry can be traced back to Roman times. The Romans imported the cats from Egypt and then brought them to the UK when they invaded. The breed was then crossed with the Persian cat from 1914 to 1918 which introduced the longhair gene. After WW1, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF for short!) only allowed the 3rd generation of the British Shorthair and Persian mix to be shown. This along with WW2 reduced breeding. After WW2, breeders crossed the British Shorthair with other cats (Russian Blue, Persians etc) before the line was lost.
Personality and Traits
The British Shorthaired cat makes a loyal companion and love to be adored. They do not like to sit on laps or be held however they do love to sit beside their owners. They are calm and collected and rarely display mad moments of behavior. They will tolerate children and dogs. Although they are content to be left alone to amuse themselves, they will be happy to see you when you have been gone a while.
Their luxurious, soft coat is relatively easy to maintain with a quick, daily comb. These cats can gain weight easily as they love their food so keep an eye on portion sizes or they may easily end up overweight! They are a sturdy cat and can weigh between 9 and 18 pounds in their peak health. Keep an eye our PetDoc IRL facebook page for weekly pet food offers.
Try and incorporate playtime into their daily routine. There are a wide range of cat toys available from pet shops in Ireland such as Petmania, Petstop and Maxizoo.