About British Shorthair and Longhair

The British Shorthairs are believed to be the descendants of ancient Roman cats. Their history is a fascinating one. British Shorthair cats are pedigreed versions of British domestic shorthair cats that have been selectively bred over time to create a distinctive appearance and predictable personality traits.

The British Longhair originates from breeding British Shorthairs with Persian cats. Originally, such cross-breeding took place in order to increase the British Shorthair gene pool that had become smaller after the First and Second World Wars.

Both cats are loyal, affectionate and make excellent family cats.
They get along very well with their fellows and cohabits easily with dogs. Their built and size allows themselves to be assertive when necessary. 

They enjoy affection but isn’t needy and dislikes being carried. They aren’t lap cats, but they do enjoy snuggling next to their people on the couch. The breed is considered a particularly intelligent cat who likes to be stimulated.

Adult cats are medium in size weighing 8-18 pounds and 11-14 inches tall. They have rounded cheeks, broad chests and thick legs and there are unicolored and particolored cats in both breed.

British Shorthair have a thick, dense coat that comes in different colors. While the British Longhair’s coat is thick and semi-long therefore requiring more care than their shorthair counterpart.

If you love cats with adorable little faces, and affectionate character, either the British Shorthair or the British Longhair should be for you! Both cats, are perfectly suited to indoor life, will delight a family with children as much as a single or older person.

British Longhair (Top) 

British Shorthair (Bottom)