Cousin of the Chartreux and the European, the Bristish Shorthair is recognizable by its rounded shapes which make it look like a big teddy bear.
1. British origins
The origins of Britsh Shorthair are not so easy to identify. Legend has it that a Greek general fled ancient Egypt accompanied by his cats, whose favorite was named Scota. After reaching Portugal, this general’s cats mated and multiplied. One day a descendant of this general set out to explore the northern islands and took with him children from Scota. He discovered an island where he decided to settle with his cats and baptized it Scotaland, in homage to the cat of his missing ancestor. Then the island became Scotland .
It was only in the 19th century that these “gutter” cats, which had developed all over the island since, were recognized as a breed. Indeed, the English wanted a purely Anglo-Saxon breed of cats and they crossed these cats with Persians . The beauty of the British Shorthair then seduced a large part of the population and its popularity crossed borders.
2. A powerful and round physique
The British Shorthair is a rather imposing cat since it weighs between 4 and 8 kg . His body is robust and muscular and his head is round like that of a teddy bear. It is often said that it is shaped like an apple . Her round eyes, usually gold or brass, match the color of her dress, her nose is curved and her ears are very pointed.
3. A wool coat
The coat of the British Shorthair has the distinction of being very short and tight , as the name suggests. The density of the hair is so strong that it makes it look like wool and makes it incredibly soft . It’s simple, it feels like you are stroking a soft toy!
All dress colors are accepted, but blue is the most appreciated.
4. A calm and independent temperament
The British Shorthair cat is a particularly kind and tolerant feline , especially with children and other animals. Very attached to his master, he needs a lot of affection, but also tolerates loneliness very well.
His independent, reserved and proud character can sometimes make him a little stubborn . He needs to have limits imposed on him so as not to take over his human.
5. A great hunter
The British Shorthair inherited from his rat-hunting ancestors a great predatory instinct . Therefore, he has a strong need for space and freedom. Apartment life is therefore not recommended for this magnificent feline. On the other hand, because of his independent temper , it is necessary to teach him very early to come back when you call him.
Very playful, he needs to be surrounded by toys, but also to be able to have fun with the children of the family.
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