The British Shorthair is a domesticated
cat originally bred
United Kingdom. It is known for the seemingly perpetual smile on its face; Lewis
Carroll chose the breed as the model for his Cheshire cat in Alice's Adventures
in Wonderland. Today, this breed is commonly used as a show work. The most
famous British Shorthair is perhaps the one who appears as the face of Whiskas cat food.
British Shorthairs have very dense, soft coats. The eyes are large, round and
copper in colour. The head is round with chubby cheeks. The body is rounded and
sturdy. The breed has a broad chest, shoulders and hips with short legs, round
paws and a plush tail. Males weigh about 14 lb (6 kg).
The British Shorthair may be any colour or pattern, but the 'blue'
variant is common enough to have a name of its own: the 'British Blue'.
The lifespan of this breed is 14 to 20 years.
The British Shorthair originates from the native working cats of the
United Kingdom, which in turn originated in Rome.
The British Shorthair is an easygoing breed. It has a stable character and
can easily live in an apartment setting. It is not terribly demanding of
attention, although it will make its desire for play known if its owner looks
available. It is not normally destructive or hyperactive, although it can be
The British Shorthair does not require a lot of grooming because the fur does
not tangle or mat easily. However, the coat should be brushed weekly to remove
loose hair and minimize shedding.
The breed is prone to obesity and some members of the breed have dental
Gretel, a Blue British Shorthair, eating some meat