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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Breed of the Week: British Shorthair

This is not a breed I see frequently. In fact, I don't know that I've seen more than 2 or 3 in the course of 13 years.

There are 18 colors listed for them as "acceptable" for show purposes. 

Here's a description of their temperament from Pet Finder:

If you're looking for a cat that will loot your refrigerator and swing dizzily from your chandeliers, then the British Shorthair is not for you. Brits are quiet, even-tempered, undemanding cats with a bit of typical British reserve, particularly when they're first introduced. When they get over their initial shyness, however, they become extremely faithful companions. British Shorthairs tend to show their loyalty to the entire family rather than select one person with whom to bond. British Shorthair breeders describe Brits as cats that like to keep a low profile, sweet and affectionate but not clingy 'in-your-face' type cats. They tend to be independent and if left on their own can usually adapt quite well.

As far as appearance:
Like the American Shorthair, the British Shorthair is known for its health and vigor. The breed is cobby in design, compact and powerful with a round, massive face and head. This head design sets the breed apart from other breeds developed from domestic shorthairs. A very dense, short, resilient coat is important in the show British Shorthair. The fur feels solid to the touch, like sinking your fingers into firm, warm velvet. The coat is not double-coated or woolly, which makes up-keep easier; however, regular grooming is important. Although blue is the most common, the British Shorthair comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

There are no major health issues specific to this breed. 

I have this one patient that I think is adorable and everytime he comes in, I make a huge fuss over him. He is very sweet and a pleasure to see!

Interestingly, Wikipedia lists these cats as "famous" Brits:


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