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No, of course, this article is not about short-haired Brits – rather, it’s about the cat breed British Shorthair! It is the fourth most common cat breed in Sweden and originates (of course) from the United Kingdom, with shared ancestry from the European Shorthair, Persian, and British domestic cats. It is also a sibling breed to the British Longhair. Perhaps you are considering getting a cat of the British Shorthair breed? Or maybe you already have one and would like to read some fun facts and trivia? Then this article is perfect for you!

British Shorthair has been around for a long time…

British Shorthair has evolved from the short-haired domestic cats in the United Kingdom since the late 1800s. When new cat breeds were imported to the UK and mixed with the native cats, it was eventually decided to selectively breed the existing cat stock. The result was the British Shorthair, then called “British Blue“, which has since developed to have a slightly rounder and more robust body, with a broad chest and large paws. [source]

The perfect family cat…

British Shorthair is known for its friendly, relaxed, and easy-going personality. They are excellent family cats that are patient with children and calm in nature. Due to their patience and friendliness, the breed gets along well with other pets, including dogs. [source]

British Shorthair is known for its friendly, relaxed, and easy-going personality. They are excellent family cats that are patient with children and calm in nature. Due to their patience and friendliness, the breed gets along well with other pets, including dogs.

Generally a healthy cat breed…

British Shorthair is a relatively healthy and robust breed but is known to have a higher risk of conditions such as obesity and dental problems compared to many other cat breeds. [source]

Not very vocal but very affectionate…

British Shorthair is known to have a very relaxed personality and is usually not particularly loud or vocal. However, when they do vocalize, they have a deep and soft voice that can sound a bit like a trumpet. On the other hand, they are generally very affectionate and enjoy being close to the family as much as possible. [source]

British Shorthair is known to have a very relaxed personality and is usually not particularly loud or vocal. However, when they do vocalize, they have a deep and soft voice that can sound a bit like a trumpet. On the other hand, they are generally very affectionate and enjoy being close to the family as much as possible.

A celebrity breed…

British Shorthair has appeared in several advertising campaigns, including being models for brands like Cheshire Cat, Whiskas and Sheba, to name a few. [source]

Became the world’s oldest cat…

A cat named Creme Puff from Texas, USA, of the British Shorthair breed, lived to be 38 years old, making her the oldest cat ever recorded. She lived from 1967 to 2005. [source]

Celebrity cat Lil Bub was a British Shorthair…

A famous cat of the British Shorthair breed was Lil Bub (pictured below) – a cat with a birth defect that gave her a cute and unique appearance. Lil Bub became internet famous and had a large following on social media before passing away in 2019. Lil Bub was born with the disease osteopetrosis, which is an inherited condition that affects the structure of the skeleton. [source]

A famous cat of the British Shorthair breed was Lil Bub – a cat with a birth defect that gave her a cute and unique appearance. Lil Bub became internet famous and had a large following on social media before passing away in 2019. Lil Bub was born with the disease osteopetrosis, which is an inherited condition that affects the structure of the skeleton.

A myth that British Shorthair is hypoallergenic…

British Shorthair has a soft and dense coat that is easy to care for. There have long been claims that the breed produces fewer allergens and is therefore hypoallergenic, but this claim is not true. A British Shorthair produces just as many allergens as any other domestic cat. [source]

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat was a true celebrity…

Another famous British Shorthair cat is Choupette, the beloved cat of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Choupette was known for having an especially luxurious lifestyle and has even modeled for various luxury brands. [source]

Another famous British Shorthair cat is Choupette, the beloved cat of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Choupette was known for having an especially luxurious lifestyle and has even modeled for various luxury brands.

Doesn’t require much but gladly follows its owner…

An interesting characteristic of the breed in question is that they are quite independent and do not need excessive attention from their owners. Despite this, they still love being around people and will often follow their owners around the house (but then again, it’s always cats who own us humans, right?). [source]


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