The British Shorthair is a pedigreed traditional British cat which was found from ancient Rome. This type of cats was very common in the Victorian era. But at the time of World War 2, they became destroyed. After a long time, American Cat Association recognized British Shorthair in 1967.
The British Shorthair is also known as “Teddy Bear” cat, because of its chunky body, dense coat, and broad round face. Most of them are British blue in color, a solid blue-gray context with the copper eye. But you can find variant color combination breeds.
Males of this breed are usually grown bigger and larger than the females. Males weigh 12-20 pounds and females 8-14 pounds. And the normal height of this breed is 12-14 inches. Usually, they have a lifetime of 12-20 years period.
With two small ears, the copper eyed breed has a medium long, thick tail which is round at ending point. The most amazing part of this type of cats is the small but thick and dense undercoat, which is usually blue and gray in color.
British Shorthair is the cat with moderate activity level. They are energetic, affectionate, intelligent, trainable and well-bonded with their families. They usually get along with well-mannered children. British Shorthair’s are good, easy going and non-destructive which make them an excellent family companion. The Shorthair’s have a quite sweet voice and they are undemanding in nature. They don’t need your lap, besides they follow you around the house where you go. They would like sitting nearby you. When they run around the house, they sound like a herd of elephants.
Both in pedigreed and mixed breed cats are affected by various health problems, which is genetic in nature. Shorthair’s also affected by some diseases as other breeds. The common diseases of Shorthairs are gingivitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. If any of these types of disease has been seen in your pet, takes them to the doctors.
You may not like to care your pet as a cat of the roadside. But British Shorthair’s don’t need so much care. The short, dense coat is simple to care with weekly brushing for removing dead hairs. Brush the teeth for avoiding periodontal disease. It will be good if you can brush his teeth daily, but if you can’t then do it weekly. A bath is not so necessary. You can bath him once or twice in a month. But trim the nails once in a week and wipe the corner of the eye with a soft cloth. Use a separate area of cloth each time to avoid any infection. Wipe the ears weekly with a cotton ball moisturized in a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and boiled water if you found dust. Use a separate area as the bathroom of your pet and clean it daily. For avoiding disease, it will be good if you keep him as an indoor-only cat.
If you want to adopt a British Shorthair, then search in your local shelters. Adopt one from there before it turns to a breeder. Don’t rescue one younger than 12 weeks and confirm that the Shorthair is going through all the vaccinations process.