British Shorthair kittens are cute-looking felines, developed by the interbreeding between Roman cats and English wild cats. Later, the breed from this union was bred with the Persian Cat to enhance the look of the coat. They are usually heavy, and are supposed to open their eyes a week after they are born. They are loving animals, and are very energetic.
British Shorthairs can be found in Britain, America, New Zealand and Australia, and are recognized by almost all major cat associations. Though the exact year when this breed was imported to America is not known, written evidence shows it to be sometime in the 1900s. By the end of the Second World War, these sturdy cats had almost become extinct. However, some breeders started a breeding program due to which they bounced back into popularity.
A fully grown British Shorthair has a long and compact body, which often looks like a stuffed teddy bear. Its main feature is its thick and plush coat. This graceful animal has a round face, with a beautiful pair of round eyes. They are known for their splendid blue color, but are also found in various other colors, such as red, cinnamon, chocolate, white, fawn, black, lilac, and cream. These colors can appear in various patterns, including, tabby, color print, smoke, tortoiseshell, shaded, bicolor, etc. This breed is said to have a permanent smile on its face. The eye color of the cat depends on the color of the body.
Nature and Temperament
British Shorthairs love to be around people, especially children, and also other pets in the house. Although they like to run and jump around, when they grow up, they tend to laze around a lot, supervising the ongoing activities in the house while lying in a very comfortable position. They do not need to be given too much attention, and are peace-loving creatures. They do not like to be picked up, but love to sit beside the owner and be petted occasionally.
Training and Grooming
Training the British Shorthair is interesting and a very easy task as they are calm and intelligent animals. Due to their short hair, they also do not need constant grooming. Their thick fur coat only needs to be brushed once in a while.
British Shorthairs are very healthy, and live for 14-20 years. As they are bred with utmost caution and care, not many of them are found with genetic disorders. However, they can be affected by diseases that normally affect all feline breeds. One major problem found in the British Shorthair breed is obesity, especially during the adolescent period. Hence, one must take extra care while feeding it, as obesity in the cat can give rise to various health problems, and can even cause an early death of the cat. To keep your British Shorthair in good health, it would be beneficial to not let it out of the house without any company.
They are known to be the oldest English cat breed, are perfect family pets. People who are thinking of bringing home a British Shorthair kitten will surely find it to be a loyal and affectionate companion.