Dog lovers may adore the English bulldog but there is nothing but a British Shorthair for cat lovers. This breed may very well be the oldest purebred cat from England. Another name for the British Shorthair is British Blue.
A very good characteristic of the British Shorthair is its temperament. It is rather quite reserved and not boisterous at all. As such, they are perfect pets for those who prefer calm animals and those who have children. Cats are known to be quite demanding on their owners. The British Shorthair, however, is not as demanding as other breeds but is just as affectionate. It offers the perfect companion to people who cannot spare much time and effort.
Though tagged as purely British, the British Shorthair may actually be descendants of cats from Ancient Rome. It became popular in Britain around the 1800s when the trend was to have cats as pets. In the 1980s, the British Shorthair was exported to the United States and shortly thereafter, became popular over there as well.
As compared to other cats, the British Shorthair is a relatively large cat. As the name implies, its fur is short and can come in any color. It can be describe as rotund in shape but not fat. In fact, it is known to be a strong cat – giving credence to its historical background as a good hunter. Another good thing about the British Shorthair is that it does not meow a lot, making for a good house cat.