About the British Shorthair Breed...

Coat

The coat is short, dense and crisp to the touch. Self coloured cats should have no ghost tabby markings and the coat should be sound in colour from the tip to the root. British shorthairs come in a variety of colours. Black, Blue, White, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Lilac, Colourpointed Silver tabbies/spotties, Tipped and a variety of other coloured spoties/tabbies with many of these colours possible in tortoiseshell and bi-colours and more recently in the newer colours of Cinnamon and Fawn.

 

Head

A round face with a broad, rounded head set on a short, thick neck. The nose is broad, short and straight. The nose break is neither too shallow nor too deep. The chin must be strong and firm and the bite level. The ears are set well apart and are small in size and fit into the rounded contour of the head. Eyes are large and round and set well apart, not being too close together. The majority of the self coloured cats have orange eyes but it is dependent on the coat color. Tipped and Silver Tabbies/Spotties usually have green eyes and the Colourpointed cats have blue eyes.

 

Body

The British frame is ‘cobby’ and it is a compact and rounded cat, with a solid muscular frame and deep chest set on short, strong legs with rounded paws. The males are typically much larger than the females.

 

Tail

The tail length must be in proportion to the body and be of a medium length with a thick base and rounded tip.

 

Withholding Faults

Judges may withhold first prizes at shows if the cat displays a withholding fault. These include an uneven bite, weak chin, incorrect eye colour, an overlong, fluffy and/or soft coat or skeletal malformations such as a kink in the tail.

Overall Type

A British Shorthair (BSH) is a large and substantial breed of cat. A British should convey an overall impression of balance in its appearance. It should display good depth of body on a compact and powerful frame. I often say they remind me of a ‘teddy bear’! They make wonderful companions and well suited to family life as a pet, requiring little grooming in comparison to other breeds.

 

The origins of the breed is said to lie with the domestic short-haired cats the Romans brought with them to the country. However, since the 19th century, the breed has been developed over many generations , primarily through outcrosses with Persians in the early part of the century to produce a breed that is more compact and with a unique coat.

Only a few colours were breed in the early years, but now through the efforts of dedicated breeders, many more new colours have been introduced into the gene pool by further outcrosses to other breeds. Pedigree British shorthairs are now bred to a specific Breed Standard set out by the GCCF, which details how a BSH should look in appearance.

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