British Shorthair and Longhair

British (shorthair et longhair)

A Short History :

The British breed originated in 1871 in London at a cat show at Crystal Palace.
In 1901 was created the first club in Great Britain: British Cat Club. The history of the British almost ended after the first and especially the second world war. The breeders therefore appealed to other breeds, in particular the Persians, which had the effect of giving the British a very round head, a more robust body, the widest possible range of colors and which at the same time introduced the “long hair” gene.
This addition had the effect of refining the British. For a long time, these long-haired British were hidden but they are now recognized under the name of British Longhair.
Its history dates back to antiquity and its presence on trading ships was a necessity. What exact country did he come from? Nobody knows. Still, his ancestors are cats settled in Great Britain.

General Nature :

 The British is a medium to large sized, curvaceous cat. His big round head with two big eyes, also round and very expressive. Ears small and well spaced. The legs are solid and firm, the tail rather short and rounded at the end. The neckline is chunky and short. The semi-cobby body is powerful and muscular with broad, rounded shoulders and hips.

Coat :

In the British Shorthair, the coat is short, dense and erect, with a prominent undercoat.
He needs, during his moult, that you help him get rid of his dead hair.

In the British Longhair, the mid-length coat has the texture of mohair.
He needs regular maintenance to prevent the formation of knots in his hair.
It requires moderate grooming except during moulting when its double coat requires vigorous brushing

Colours :

All colors are allowed and the color of the eyes varies according to that of the coat.

Character :

The character of the British is calm and composed, always present without being intrusive, it offers a soothing alternative to those who are stressed by modern life and who can recharge their batteries in contact with it.

Calm cat par excellence, the British adapts to all lifestyles. Whether you are alone, in a couple with or without children, mature or retired, in an apartment or a house, with or without a garden, with or without a dog, it will accompany you in your everyday life.

Conclusion :

The British is a pleasant cat to live with, always in a good mood, never aggressive, which suits everyone.

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