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British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is known as the “teddy bear” of domestic cats because of its features. Having a round head with full, chubby cheeks and a round sturdy body contributes to its resemblance to the stuffed toy. It is a large, muscular breed with a broad chest, shoulders and hips and short legs. The British Shorthair has a very dense coat that is often described as crisp because of the way the coat breaks over the contours of its body.

The Males of the breed are larger than the females with a distinct gap in their size difference. The males often have more prominent cheekbones as well. British shorthairs generally live from 9 to 15 years.

The British Shorthair may be any color or pattern, but the most popular variation is the “British Blue”.

It is a laid back breed that can be playful but is generally calm. It can easily live in a small home or apartment without getting destructive. It is not demanding of attention, but will make the desire for attention known if the owner looks available. Because of its intelligence and calm nature it has become a favorite of animal trainers and is frequently used in films, television and commercials. Although it is not generally hyperactive, as a breed the British Shorthair is prone to obesity when always kept indoors. The British Shorthair does not require frequent grooming, only occasional, especially during the warmer weathered months. The breed is also known for its teeth and gum issues, so teeth should be kept clean.

British Shorthair