The History

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.

British Longhair

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 .. 

 

The Breed

The British must remember round shapes .. There is nothing edgy!

  • Head. Round and massive shape, medium to large size, with short, well developed neck. Short straight nose, strong chin.

  •  Ears. Small, well spaced and slightly rounded at the tip.

  •  Eyes. Large, round, spaced and well open, with an intense color ranging from orange to copper.

  •  Body. Muscular, medium to large in size (male 5-6 kg), female smaller than male (4-5 kg).

  •  Legs. Short and massive with round feet.

  •  Tail. Short and thick, wide at the base with a slightly rounded tip.

  • Cloak. Short and thick, dense undercoat. Not excessively soft, but "crisp" and pleasant to the touch. It must be uniform in color from tip to root, except for tabby and silver varieties.

    In the Longhair variant the fur ranges from semi-long to long, depending on the areas of the body. The coat must be voluminous and with undercoat, so as to be detached from the body. 

    The coat must be solid, dense, soft and with the undercoat that gives body to the coat.

  1.  Color: British blue is the most typical, however there is a great variety of colors.

  2. Faults: too long or too soft coat (typical of the Persian); lack of undercoat; delicate bone; head too thin; flat cheeks; oriental eyes; obesity.

THE CHARACTER

The British shorthair is a good, intelligent, independent and very proud cat with a great sense of dignity. Very attached to the family, he loves being in company even if he does not like being too handled, in fact he decides when to be pampered. The British are very patient with children, they love to play and when they are tired they simply go away without ever scratching. He is very determined, when he wants something he makes it clear with short meows, without ever raising his voice.