British Shorthair Advantage and Challenges
British Shorthair Physical Characteristics
British Shorthair Personality
With the British Shorthair's short plush coat resembling deep pile carpeting, this big teddy bear of a cat is easy to love and even easier to groom. Loved for its distinctive built-in “smile” (caused by the look of its rounded whisker pads), the British Shorthair was the original inspiration for Alicein Wonderland’s permanently smiling Cheshire Cat.
British Shorthair History and General Information
History and Origin
The British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, was first introduced to Britainby the ancient Romans. The British Shorthair is a sturdy, no-nonsense cat and quickly made itself useful as a working household animal, valued for its physical strength and hunting ability. But it wasn’t long before the British Shorthair became equally prized for its loyalty, sweetness and easygoing nature.
The British Shorthair, with its short, dense “carpet pile” coat requires next to no grooming, as the cat can easily look after it itself. At most, a gentle brushing or combing once a week is all that the British Shorthair needs.
British Shorthair Health
Generally, the British Shorthair is a hardy breed with few health problems, not surprising since the breed developed from strong domestic stock. The British Shorthair can live a long, healthy life with proper care and plenty of TLC. However, a few genetic weaknesses are known in the British Shorthair including a serious heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathySelecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store will help ensure that your British Shorthair will be free of hereditary purebred ailments. Maintaining your British Shorthair's proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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