British Shorthair Cats,
the most Popular
Breed of Cat
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The Conquering British Shorthair that looks good
The British Shorthair is popular breed in cat shows because
of its great looks and personality. According to the UK's
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, it has been the most
popular registered cat breed since it passed the
popularity in 2001.
The British Shorthair is a descendant of cats taken to Great
Britain by the Romans that then interbred with wild and
feral native cats in Britain. Then they were crossed with
Persians in order to improve the thickness of their coats.
The breed was shown in 1871 at the Crystal Palace cat show
and was well defined in the nineteenth century. They were a
popular breed that suffered a decline in the 1940's, but
since World Ward II ended breeding has intensified and they
are popular again.
British Shorthairs are known for their dense, plush fur
coats that are often described as cracking or crisp. This
refers to the way the fur breaks over the contours of the
cat's body. The eyes are large, round and set wide and can
be a variety of different colors. The British blue is known
for its copper or gold eyes.
The head is full and round with chubby cheeks. The body is
large, muscular and sturdy. The British Shorthair has a
broad chest, hips, legs and shoulders with short legs and
round paws. The tail is plush but not fluffy and ends with a
blunt round tip.
The British Shorthair is known for its easygoing attitude.
They are very stable and take well to being an indoor cat.
They are ideal for apartment dwellers who want an easy to
care for, quiet, easygoing cat.
They don't demand constant attention from their owners like
some cat breeds. But they do like to play and will let you
know when they want to. They aren't overly affectionate and
would rather sit next to rather than on their owners, or
even supervise the goings on in the room from a high perch
rather than by partaking in the activity. If you are a
person who is often gone from home then this cat breed would
be ideal for you.
The British Shorthair doesn't require a lot of grooming
either. Their coat is dense and it is recommended that an
occasional brushing be done, especially during shedding
season so as to prevent hairballs. They do tend to gain
weight when kept indoors or when
neutered or spayed so it is
important to make sure that you are not over feeding them.
Picture British Shorthair Cat
Special Nutritional needs for the British Shorthair Cat
Dr. Jane Bicks
Large and placid, with an impressive thick coat,
the British Shorthair's favorite pastimes are sleeping
and eating, with play being least important.
Since this breed's relatively inactive lifestyle
is conducive to obesity and FLUTD, maximum nutrition
must be provided in minimum quantity.
Feed Premium cat food only twice daily.
Do not leave cat food out for an all day nibbling.
Avoid feeding red fish and foods high in magnesium.
Meat protein is a must to keep the urine slightly acidic.
America's Finest Dining Experience for
British Shorthair Cats
Always keep fresh water available.
If you're not providing a quality alternative cat food, I'd suggest
giving a balanced supplement once a day. Brewer's yeast or
torula yeast will keep that plush coat glamorous!
Hairball Solutions for British Shorthair Cats
also information on FLUTD