Gentle and Intelligent British Shorthairs
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, Very Dense
Temperament: Gentle, Affectionate, Highly Active, Extremely Intelligent
Information / Facts: The British Shorthair originated in Britain and has become the most popular cat in the UK to date, even surpassing the Persian, which held this distinction for many years. The British Shorthair has a large, compact, muscular body with long legs. The coat of the British Shorthair is very dense with thick fur. This cat has very expressive eyes and tail. The British Shorthair also has large, round paws, as well as large, round cheeks. Many British Shorthair cats have rings around their tail, which makes them easy to identify. The British Shorthair comes in a wide variety of colors.
Pros: The British Shorthair is very easy going and relaxed. This cat hisses and scratches very little, so it is a great choice for families with children. The British Shorthair cat will tolerate quite a bit of interaction without putting up a fuss, and it loves to be around its people. The cat is not stand-offish, so it won't hide from visitors or throw a fit when grandma comes to visit. The British Shorthair is not as vocal as other breeds, but will speak to you to let you know there is a problem, such as an empty food dish or full litter pan. The British Shorthair has a life expectancy of about fifteen years, so it will be with you for a good long time.
Cons: The British Shorthair is prone to hip issues, including hip dysplasia. The British Shorthair also suffers from a higher rate of Polycystic Kidney Disease than other breeds. As a result, it is important to take the cat for regular vet checkups to head off any issues before they become major health problems for the cat.