The British Shorthair Breed

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A True British Cat
The British Shorthair cat is the most popular short-haired pedigree cat in Europe; first introduced to Britain by the Romans, this robust, muscular cat had its origins as a household working cat. British Shorthair cats adjust happily in either an apartment or out on a farm. These intelligent cats with their “teddy bear” looks are docile, friendly and have an affectionate nature making them the perfect cat for many people. They are bred in a great many patterns and colours, but the most popular is the blue British shorthair cat.
The oldest English cat breed, British Shorthair cats can trace its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. This breed was first prized for its physical strength and hunting ability, but soon became equally popular and valued for its docile and affectionate nature along with their loyalty to people. Domestic cats have been around for thousands of years, but pedigree breeds are somewhat a new concept. During the turn of the century, the British Shorthair cat breed emerged with the first cat shows, which were held in Great Britain. At the time affluent British people started showing “exotic” pedigree cats from the Orient and other exotic countries.
British Shorthairs cats are medium-sized to large cats with males being larger than females. This cat breed is heavier and stockier than most domestic cats. The overall appearance is round and massive like a “teddy bear”. They look adorable with their round heads and large expressive eyes. Their ears are round and well set apart. British Shorthair cats are stocky in build, have deep chest, broad shoulders and a short muscular back. Their legs are short with strong rounded paws. Medium in length, the tail is thick and short with a rounded tip. Their thick resilient coat is short but very dense. British Shorthair’s coat is more smooth and carpet-like instead of being soft.
This large docile cat is loving and affectionate with a quiet voice and does not constantly demand your attention. British Shorthairs are extremely tolerant and very adaptable cats. As a kitten they are as playful as any other cat, but as an adult cat they usually become less demanding and active. They enjoy napping for hours, but also enjoy being cuddled and touched. Although their docile, British Shorthair cats will not always put up with everything, they will make it very clear if they are displeased. They usually get along with other cats and dogs. Most of these cats are great with children because of their gently and good nature. British Shorthair cats adjust happily in either an apartment or out on a farm. Due to their easy-going nature and intelligence, this cat breed has become a favorite of animal trainers. British Shorthairs have appeared in numerous Hollywood movies and TV commercials.
With their dense short coat, British Shorthair cats do not require excessive grooming. Gently brushing or combing once a week is all that’s required. If needed, clean their ears with a special cat cleaner and clip the tips off the cat’s claw.
Compact, well balanced and powerful showing good depth of body, level back and a full broad chest. Short strong legs, well boned and strong. Rounded paws. Tail short and thick with a rounded tip.
Short and dense.
Head Circular and massive with round underlying bone structure. The head is rounded when viewed from any direction and well set on a short thick neck. Rounded forehead with a flat plane on the top of the skull. The nose is broad, short and straight. Firm, well developed chin. The muzzle is equally developed and distinctive for the breed, round cheeks. Medium-size ears, well furnished, rounded at the tips and broad at the base, set far apart, yet completely harmonious to the roundness of the skull.
The eyes are alert and large, decidedly round, well opened, set wide apart and level.
Tail defects. Definite nose stop. Overlong or fluffy coat.


HEAD 35 points
Shape 5 points
Ears 5 points
Eyes 5 points
Chin 2 points
Muzzle 3 points
Nose 5 points
Profile 5 points
Neck 5 points

CATEGORIES: Traditional and Pointed.
Shape: Round, broad, wide, with well-rounded contours when viewed from any angle. Full, round chubby cheeks create a chipmunk appearance adding to the mass and roundness. Medium to large in size, in proportion to the size of the firm body.
Ears: Medium to small, broad at the base and rounded. Set wide apart on the rounded top head, but not extreme or flared.
Eyes: Large, round shape, level in head, set wide to show breadth of nose. Intense, brilliant eye colour preferred. Colour conforms to coat colour with the exception of silvers where copper is accepted as well as green.
Chin: Forms a perpendicular line with nose. Should be firm.
Muzzle: Well-defined, broad, and wide with rounded contours.
Nose: Short, broad, straight. Gives snub appearance to the third circle. Set with an obvious change of direction at the stop and in alignment with the chin.
Profile: When viewed from the side, no flat planes above the nose. Stop not a break. When viewed from the front, expression of roundness is created by a series of three circles:-
(1) chubby, round cheeks
(2) broad, round head
(3) broad, rounded muzzle
Neck: Short, thick, heavily muscled, creating the appearance of no neck, blending with the chubby, full, round, cheeks. Should be especially pronounced on mature males.

BODY 30 points
Torso 5 points
Legs 5 points
Feet 5 points
Tail 5 points
Boning 5 points
Musculature 5 points

Torso: Wide, sturdy, muscular, firm, powerful, well rounded, with deep, broad, rounded chest and considerable depth of flank. The shoulders are broad and flat at the wither, and the hips are the same width. Back is level. Semi-cobby, neither cobby nor rangy; slightly longer than cobby. Females proportionately smaller.
Legs: Medium to short in length, slightly less than body length.
Feet: Round, medium to large in size.
Tail: Thick at base, straight, tapering slightly to a rounded tip. Two-thirds the length of the body.
Boning: Substantial. Large to medium.
Musculature: Sturdy, firm, not soft.

Length 10 points
Texture 10 points
Pattern/Colour 10 points

Length (BS): Short, firm, straight, dense standing away from the body, creating the appearance of plush pile. Not close-lying, or so long and/or thin that it lays down on the body.
Length (BL): Semi-long, straight, dense, standing away from the body, not long and flowing. Ruff and britches desirable.
Texture (BS): Firm, crisp, plush and dense with natural protective appearance. Texture may differ slightly in colours other than blue.
Texture (BL): Fluff-plush texture, dense, with natural protective appearance. Texture may differ slightly in colours other than blue.
Pattern: To conform to TICA colour Descriptions, with the exception that brindling is an allowed pattern in all Divisions/colours of Torties and Torbies.
Colour: Traditional and pointed categories, all divisions, all colours.

OTHER 5 points
Balance 1 point
Condition 1 point
Temperament 3 points

Balance: All parts of the body in proportion.
Condition: Should reflect excellent health, good muscle tone.
Temperament: Must be unchallenging.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The British is an imposing breed. Their large, round face should have a sweet open expression, with a smug rounded muzzle. Chubby cheeks and no-neck, blend into a stocky, semi-cobby, muscular, wide and firm body. Their coat is dense and rich, plush and thick in both shorthair and longhair varieties. Slightly reserved in temperament, they are a four feet on the floor breed, and like to be handled with gentle firmness and supported when carried.
ALLOWANCES: Seasonal changes in coat density, length and texture.
(1) Lack of muscle tone
(2) cow hocks
(3) (BS): Long or soft coat “Exotic Shorthair” coat, light undercoat, light delicate boning.
(4) (BL): Longhair: short or silky coat, long flowing “Persian” coat, light undercoat, light delicate boning.

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Whilst you are welcome to make use of this calculator, please be aware that this calculator is for guidance only, and should not be treated as an exact date. The calculation is based upon a 65 day gestation and the pinking up is based upon a 21 day window, please adjust the dates that are given based upon youir experience and knowledge of your queen.