I will introduce you to one of the most popular show breeds, British Shorthair. Every cat has her personality. Even brothers in the same nest have completely different characters. British Shorthair
has an independent and reserved temperament. Wonderful and worthy. She is a wonderful, alert and playful cat. It is not exaggerated or destructive.
The Roman legions brought the first cats to the British islands. A few centuries later, on every street in the United Kingdom, there were cats of this breed.
By the end of the 19th century a great lover of this breed, Harrison Weir, made it very popular on this native British cat. He wrote: “The common cat survived all the hardships and persecutions. The fact that it still exists is due to its character and resilience”. By selecting and raising the best cats British Shorthair breed was born. Similar to today. A compact cat, with large head and eyes, round. Short coat with fine texture and fluff often.
British is a medium-sized cat to the sea. It reaches between 4 and 8 kg.
She was highly appreciated in exhibitions until the Persian.
After World War, it there was a dramatic fall in the feline in England. Some breeders crossed the Persian breed, but British Shorthair was a stable breed. The resulting descendants could not compete like British Shorthair. Only after three generations of breeding within the breed, the heirs could be eligible for registration as British Shorthair.
After the Second World War, the decline of the race continued. Thanks to the growing Kit Wilson, the race has regained public interest.
The wish of British Shorthair
breeders was to reach the original breed without crossing it and succeeding. Up to this point, crosses have been tried with Persians, Russian Blue, Burmese, etc., but the resulting offspring were foreign.
She appreciates people’s company but can not be described as a “sticky” cat. She is smart and courageous. Can attract attention to draw attention to her. But provided she is admired from afar (especially from strangers).
She lives well with the other animals in the house if her needs are met. She’s a quiet and quiet friend. A great comrade for children. British
is a lovely cat.
Health and development
is a sturdy cat. He has a few health problems. Genetic basis and careful growth ensure this.
In the 1970s hemophilia was found in a nest. Responsible growers turned to an expert on cat’s blood diseases. He tested all suspicious cats. He sterilized those affected. This has made it possible to eliminate the disease in the next generations.
The breed matures slowly. The process will be completed every 3 years. Thus cats look good for a longer period, being long-lived.
The kittens are 4-5 on the nest. The cat breeds easily. She loves and caring with them. The kittens open their eyes in less than a week. The third week shows interest in the dry food.
They are very fond of their mother as long as she allows them. He’s always looking for food and affection. They quickly grow in weight and become round, but not fat. Growing, the kittens passes through several non-uniform developmental phases. Growers avoid showing them in exhibitions under the age of 3 years.
The standard dosen’t describe a live cat; this is an artistic ideal that is never touched by a single cat.
The standard is an objective guide that the referee uses when judging a cat.
The ideal cat is a perfectly proportioned animal with a pleasant look – a sophisticated look of the domestic cat.
That being said, I introduce you to British Shorthair.
It is a strong, balanced cat with a broad chest. The legs are strong, short to medium. Round Heels. The short and thick tail, round. Round head. Eyes wide, large, round and wide open. The female is less massive than the male.
Round and solid head; round bone structure; round forehead, flat skull; a short and straight nose; bot characteristic breed; rounded cheeks.
Narrow-short and straight; some associations also recognize an average nose, slightly profiled.
Fir-bar-well-developed, in line with the nose and upper lip.
Bot-developed and distinct to broad and round cheeks by broad and round cheeks
Ears-Medium-sized, well covered, rounded at the tips and at the base, distant, harmoniously framed in the round headline.
Eyes-large, round, well-open, spaced; alert expression; horizontal position.
Compact, balanced and powerful body, right back and broad chest
Legs – short, strong, bony and muscular ; proportional to the body.
Tail-like, dense fur with the rounded tip
Coat short, very thick, firm to touch
Color-appear almost all colors: white, solid color variants (black, blue, chocolate, purple, red, cream, tortoiseshell, and all these colors combined with white); all the variations of smoke of elementary colors; all tabby variants; the whole silver palette; silver-tabby variants of elementary colors, golden variants.
Of pure breed, pedigree or simple cat, British Shorthair
is a very pleasant companion. A discreet cat, but who appreciates the company of people. If his needs are met, he understands well with other animals in the house. If you have children, I recommend this breed. He’s a great comrade.
He enjoys excellent health so he will not raise problems. It’s a long-lasting cat, so you can enjoy her company for many years.
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