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Cat BreedsCat Breeds - There are a variety of different cat breeds. Read about the many domestic cat breeds, including the Maine Coon and Siamese cats. And view the many cat breeds pictures to see how each breed differs dramatically in coat length and overall look.

British Shorthair. Information on British Shorthair Cats which come in a variety of colours. Read all about this popular breed, the history of the British Shorthair and breed description.

British Shorthair

This 'gentle giant' of a cat is loving and affectionate with a quiet voice and does not continuously demand your attention.

British Shorthair Cat

British Shorthairs are medium-sized to large cats with males being larger than females; this is more obviously so than with other breeds.

They have dense, short coats which do not require excessive grooming and are bred in a great many colours and patterns.


The British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome.

British Shorthair Cat

This breed was first prized for its physical strength and hunting ability, but soon became equally recognized and valued for its calm demeanor, endurance and loyalty to man.


The British Shorthair cat has a broad and massive body with strong legs, round paws, and a thick, round-tipped tail.

The head is round with pronounced whisker pads. The eyes are round and open, and the ears are round and well set apart.

British Shorthair Head

The overall look is a round, massive, smiling, "teddy bear" cat.

The coat of the British Shorthair is short but very dense. Its texture is not particularly soft, but is smooth and carpet-like.

Originally, pedigreed British Shorthairs had blue coats - in fact, the breed was once called the British Blue.

British Shorthair (Click to enlarge)

Today many colours and patterns are acceptable, but most associations still do not recognize the British Colourpoint Blue.

The British Shorthair is gaining in popularity every year as it is bred and exhibited by an increasing number of enthusiastic fanciers.

The many colours include Bicolours, Colourpointed and the self which includes the Cream British Shorthair the Blue British Shorthair, black, and the Orange-Eyed White British Shorthairs pictured below.

British Shorthair Orange Eyed Shorthair

In addition there is also the Smoked British Shorthairs, Tabby, including Tortie Tabby (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted, Tipped, including Golden Tipped (pictured below), Tortie including Tortie and White, and Manx.

British Shorthair Golden

Characteristics and Temperament

Because of its easy-going nature and intelligence, it has become a favorite of animal trainers, and in recent years many examples of these cats have appeared in Hollywood films and television commercials.

British Shorthair British Brown Shorthair

The British Shorthair is easy to groom and is a playful but no-nonsense cat. He tends to be reserved, in fact typically British by nature, but once he becomes a part of the family he is a devoted cat and undemanding companion.

British Shorthair Cat (Click to enlarge)

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