They're large, tough looking cats. Because of their masculine appearance,'Brits'are often preferred by man. Brought to the USA from Britain in early 1900's, they British shorthair certainly were only recognized there as a breed in 1970 and then only in blue and black. The original members with this group were developed throughout the 19th century from ordinary short-haired domestic cats. At one stage, long-haired varieties were also included in breeding programs to improve the type. This resulted in today's breed which is a broad-chested, rather stocky animal with a somewhat large head, short strong legs and large round paws. It absolutely was one of many first breeds to be shown at the Crystal Palace in London, where the initial'benched'cat show was held in 1871.
The European Shorthair is quite similar and has similar breed standards. By comparison the American Shorthair, which evolved within an environment with more natural predators, is larger and less stocky, with comparatively longer legs and tai, and an even more oblong head.
British Shorthair Looks
A compact, well balanced, powerful and muscular cat with a somewhat compact body and short legs. The pinnacle is round and set on a quick, thick neck. There ought to be a great width between the ears, which will be small and rounded at the tips. The round face needs to have full round cheeks and a powerful firm deep chin. The forehead should be rounded and result in a quick, broad straight nose. The eyes must be large, round well-opened and set wide apart. Your body is cobby, comparatively massive and low-slung with a strong broad chest and short level back. The legs are short and strong, with rounded paws. The tail is thick and of medium length, thicker at the bottom and rounded at the tip. The coat is short, dense and crisp. Ideally, the density should be in a way that the coat seems to'break'since the cat moves.
British Shorthair behaviors
Though tough-looking, these'gentle giants'are affectionate and easy going. They adjust well to other pets and children. Their build and weight makes them poor climbers and some are even afraid of heights. They're intelligent and even-tempered; not temperamental. They're moderately active and playful.
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