British Shorthair breed information

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Own a British Shorthair, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Medium to Large
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Coat: Plush and thick, will need to be groomed weekly
  • Exercise: Moderate energy levels, will need space

British Shorthair personality

The British Shorthair was once known as the British Blue due to the fact that they only came in that colour. These days, the British Shorthair coat comes in a variety of colours and patterns, as well as a long haired breed, the British Longhair.

The British Shorthair cat is an intelligent, affectionate breed with a plush coat, sturdy body and rounded paws and generally loves a lot of attention. Known for being pretty laidback, their dignified demeanour will mean they won't like being carried around and instead will prefer to curl up next to you rather than on your lap.

Did you know the Cheshire cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is based on the British Shorthair?

British Shorthair cat

Common health problems and illness


British Shorthairs are susceptible to hyperthyroidism, which is an over - productive thyroid hormone affecting their metabolism. Although normally seen in older cats, look out for signs of weight loss despite an increased appetite, and panting.


Along with other breeds, the British Shorthair can also be prone to arthritis, an inflammation of the joints which causes discomfort. Although normally seen in older cats, make sure you keep an eye out for any changes in their mobility and seek a vet’s opinion if you are concerned.

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