British Shorthair Cats & British Shorthair Cat Breeders

The British Shorthair is a domesticated cat whose features make it a popular breed in cat shows. It has been the most popular breed of cat registered by the UK's Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) since 2001, when it overtook the Persian breed.


In terms of temperament British Shorthair cats are generally gentle, easy going and placid.  When loved and treated well they can become very smoochy.  So much so that owners say that at times they can even be a nuisance.  For example they love to rub around your legs and do figure eights between them - sometimes tripping you up!   They love strong smooching and head butts and most love cuddles as long as brought up that way.  Otherwise they can be quite averse to being picked up or lying on your lap, and generally speaking will often sit close to their owners rather than on them.  This independent streak can be a lovely balance to the smoochiness, and means that they don't require constant attention from their owners.  


British Shorthairs they tend to be safe around children and will usually cope will with a fair amount of physical interaction.  They have a stable character and rarely scratch or hiss.  They are good indoor cats and take well to apartment living.  British Shorthairs are wonderful cats for people who work, as they are very happy to simply laze around the house while their owner is out. They do not get destructive or need other animals for company, though they do enjoy having another British Shorthair or a cat with similar temperament around.


They are not a very vocal breed but will meow to communicate with their owners, for example when they are hungry and their food is being prepared. 


The breed has become a favourite of animal trainers because of its nature and intelligence, and in recent years these cats have appeared in Hollywood films and television commercials. They can learn small tricks.


The most familiar colour variant is the "British Blue" but the breed has also been developed in a wide range of other colours and patterns, including bi colours, tabby and colour point. 


The coat is short, thick and very dense.  Brushing or undercoat raking also known as 'Stripping their coat'  needs to be done regularly, especially during seasonal changes/molting when the coat is thickening or thinning to avoid knotting.   A medium comb is most effective as it gets down into that thick undercoat much better, especially if holding the fur with the left hand lying it up towards the head while combing out from underneath. Then finish with a slicker brush in the normal direction.   Brushing down the body with a normal brush dy as usual leaves much of the shed fur still down in the undercoat.  


Copper eyes are the default for the breed, however their eyes can be blue in colourpoint pattern cats, and even one or both (blue and copper) in some pure white cats.   Where this occurs in pure white there must be due care as the cat may be deaf in the side with the blue eye.


British Shorthairs can be prone to obesity when desexed or kept indoors, so care should be taken with their diet.


"Blue" cat breeds have become increasingly popular and given the differences - particularly in temperament - see this article for more information - British Shorthair, Russian, Burmese or Korat - Which Blue Cat is that?


Thanks to Maureen Stepanoff - Furreleda Cats, and Anne Jones - Ancroft Cattery for contributing to this breed information, and Britz British Shorthairs & Holly Gaddes Oaks Ambition British Shorthairs for photos.


Check our listings for Kittens for sale here and click on the links to our breeders below to go to their profile page.  You can also click here to search for Registered British Shorthair Breeders by location.  


British Shorthair Photos - Britz British Shorthairs & Holly Gaddes Oaks Ambition British Shorthairs


Source: Wikipedia

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Registered British Shorthair Breeders

Adormemore - British Shorthair Breeder - Tasmania
Adormemore British shorthairs are cats with personality in a beautiful range of ... read more
Ambritt British Shorthair Breeder - Brisbane, Queensland
Ambritt British Shorthair. The home of ACF Silver AoE Sapphire DGC Ambritt ... read more
Ancroft Cattery -  British Shorthair & Cornish Rex Cat Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
Ancroft Cattery - home of the aristocrat British Shorthair and elegant Cornish ... read more
Aslanton - British Shorthair Cat breeder - Lachlan, Tasmania
Aslanton British Shorthairs is a small scale, boutique breeder set in the ... read more
Belarley - British Shorthair Breeder - Cherry Gardens, SA
My name is Suzy and I am a registered hobby breeder of the gorgeous British ... read more
Bellashaicats - British & Scottish Shorthair, & Scottish Fold Breeder - QLD
We are Breeders of British /Scottish Shorthairs, and Scottish Folds based in ... read more
Bilwon Classy Cats - Registered Cat Breeder - Cairns, Queensland
Breeding pedigree kittens as loving pets and family companions. My cattery is ... read more
Birchfield British Shorthair's - British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
Birchfield British Shorthair's - for your purrfect pet! We are a family run ... read more
Breeders of quality British Shorthair Kittens in the Sydney area. Specialising ... read more
Candy Rose - British Shorthair Breeders Aust - Sydney, NSW
Vet checked ... read more
Carinya British - British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Queensland
Carinya British Shorthair - At Carinya, we have a small breeding program that ... read more
Cattitudes - British Shorthair Breeder - Melbourne, Victoria
We are a small registered breeder of British Shorthairs. All kittens are born ... read more
Chariot of Freya Cattery - British Shorthair Breeder - Perth WA
Breeder of quality British Shorthair, Scottish folds and Scottish Shorthairs.  ... read more
Chloris Cattery - British Shorthair and Scottish Fold Cat Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
Hello everyone,
I am Evelyn the proud owner of Chloris Cattery. We are ... read more
Cocatrolis - British Shorthair Breeder - Perth, Western Australia
Our aim is to breed solid kittens of show quality in bicolour, smoke and solid ... read more
Fairlea British Shorthairs - British Shorthair Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
Fairlea British Shorthair, breeding lovely kittens in Solid blue, solid cream ... read more
Fluffyfolds Cattery - British Shorthair Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
Fluffyfolds kittens are well known for their fuss free temperaments and laid ... read more
Furdinkum - British Shorthair Breeders Aust - Brisbane, Queensland
Located in Upper Caboolture, Furdinkum is a boutique, home-based cattery ... read more
I dream of British Shorthairs - British Shorthair Breeders Aust - Brisbane, Queensland
I Dream Of British Short Hair Cats is a small boutique cattery situated in ... read more
Jehanne - British Shorthair Breeder - Tasmania
My name is Jane Hayes and I live on two acres with my husband Paul on the North ... read more
Jessicaz - Scottish Folds & British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Shepparton, Victoria
We have been breeding our beautiful Scottish Folds and Shorthairs for 14 years ... read more
Kalame Cattery - British Shorthair breeder - Geelong, VIC
Established in 1989 Kalame Cattery situated on a 3 1/2 acre property in ... read more
Keleen Cattery - British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Armidale, NSW
We are breeders of Beautiful Registered British Cats. They are registered with ... read more
Keturah & Dynamik Cattery - Scottish Fold & British Shorthair Cat Breeders Australia - Victoria
Keturah was the prefix of my mother Alexandra Chesser who began in 1966 with ... read more
Leonix Cattery - British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Perth, WA
Leonix cattery is located in Perth, Western Australia. I am a small, ... read more
Lynx - British Shorthair Breeder - NSW
We are one of the premier breeders of the beautiful British Shorthair Cats. We ... read more
Natakye Cats - British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Griffith, NSW
My husband and I have a small home based Cattery concentrating on breeding ... read more
Oaks Ambition British Shorthairs Australia
British Shorthair Australia breed exquisite kittens in the colours blue, lilac ... read more
Peartreehill Fur Babies - Ragdoll Breeder,  British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Braidwood, NSW
For a life less ordinary your peartreehill furbaby awaits - Kittens come ... read more
Poesie De British Shorthair Cats
We are a small breeder, as this enables us to ensure that all kittens are ... read more
Reshky British Shorthair's - Gold Coast
Reshky British Shorthair's is a small cattery breeding for health and ... read more
Royal Soul - British Shorthair Cat Breeder, Victoria
Hello everyone,
I am Nica the proud owner of British Shorthair cattery Royal ... read more
Salvador American Shorthair Cat Breeder  SE QLD
The American Shorthair is a cat that will be a gentle companion, a playmate for ... read more
Salvador Golden British - British Shorthair SE QLD
Salvador breeds the stunning black Ticked and Golden Classic British Shorthair ... read more
Shyann Cattery - British Shorthair & Russian Blue Cat Breeder - Central Coast, NSW
My name is Ann, I live on the Central Coast NSW. I have been breeding British ... read more
Sixribbons Cats - Scottish Fold & British Shorthair Cat Breeder - Queensland
I am a registered cat breeder with QICC in S.E. Qld. I am a small breeder of ... read more