Historically it is known that the British shorthair lived in the wild, or at least was not recognized and bred as a breed in itself, until the nineteenth century. In the second half of the 19th century Harrison Weir decided to select the breed of this cat in its blue variety, and presented it for the first time at the feline show of the Crystal Palace in 1871. The British blues were for a long time confused and crossed with the French Carthusian cats, but the characteristics of the genotype of these two breeds are somewhat different. In addition, for a certain period the British were crossed with Persian cats to make their body softer and rounder. Today these crossings are no longer allowed because the breed standard has sufficiently stabilized. Moreover, today many varieties of color are admitted and appreciated that have joined the traditional blue.
A small note therefore, to the most recent longhair variant, introduced, fixed and bred thanks to the introduction of the Persian and consequently, to the longhair gene.
l recognition of British Longhair as a full-fledged breed it is recent: in TICA they have been recognized since 2009, in WCF since 2008 and in FIFE only since 2016.
The british longhair viene considerata una razza sorella del british shorthair: lo standard infatti è il solito, e in tutte le associazioni sono ammessi gli accoppiamenti fra shorthair e longhair.
The british longhair therefore it is a new breed that still requires a lot of work in terms of standards to fix it, and to make it known to people, but the breeders are making an excellent selection. and lots of information ..