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British Shorthair

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British Shorthair (Face, Blue)
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British Shorthair (Face, Lying)
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British Shorthair (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Breed Information


2018: #3

2017: #3

Name British Shorthair
Other names Highlander, Highland Straight, Britannica
Origin United Kingdom
Size Large

Short Hair



Lap Cat Yes
Life span 12-17 years


Easy Going






Males: 12–18 pounds

Females: 9-15 pounds







Kitten Prices Average $1200 - $2300 USD

Kittens that come from high-titled breeding lines can costs anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 or more. Prices will vary according to the breeder and the quality, age, and show record, if any, of the cat that you're considering.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Affection Level

4 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good With Others: It is usually good with everyone and can be affectionate towards them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Energy Level

2 stars


2 stars

Low Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation. Frequency should be once a week.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoGenerally Healthy: It doesn't have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.


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1 stars

Minimal Shedding: Very little to no shedding occurs for this cat breed. These type of cats typically produce little to no dander and are hypoallergenic.

Social Needs

3 stars

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


1 stars

Low Vocalization: It is known to be quiet. Therefore, owners shouldn't be concerned of excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.

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British Shorthair Kitten (Kittens, Blue & Brown)
Kittens, Blue & Brown
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British Shorthair Kitten (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle
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British Shorthair Kitten (Lying, Colourpoint)
Lying, Colourpoint

Kitten Names

Rank Male Female
01 Oliver Ella
02 Tigger Angel
03 Harley Lily
04 Coco Pepsi
05 Aaron Tippy
06 Gavin Leah
07 Felix Molly
08 Aaron Sassy
09 Axel Sushi
10 Simba Nala
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The British Shorthair, also called the English Cat or simply the “Brit,” is the national cat of the British Isles. This is a compact, muscular and powerful breed that should be "cobby" or chunky in appearance. The British Shorthair has a broad chest, short strong legs and large rounded paws. Its tail is thick at the base, round at the tip and plush but not fluffy. The males are almost always larger than the females; this size difference is more easily recognized in British Shorthairs than in most other domestic breeds. Unlike females, mature males tend to develop prominent chubby cheeks, or jowls, which is another distinguishing gender-based feature.

The British Shorthair – or the “Brit,” as it is sometimes affectionately called - is an easygoing, intelligent, friendly breed. It has been described as being placid, patient and predictable. The British Shorthair’s sweet and gentle nature makes them wonderful, steadfast companions and undemanding family members. They adapt easily to apartment, farm, city or estate living. These are not noisy or pushy cats, although they greatly appreciate and accept affection when it is offered to them.

Children & Other Pets

This mild-mannered cat is well suited to life with families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect and is forgiving of clumsy toddlers. Supervise young children and show them how to pet the cat nicely. Instead of holding or carrying the cat, have them sit on the floor and pet him. Other cats will not disturb his equilibrium. For best results, always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.

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