The British Shorthair cats have a long history starting from the Roman times. Before their cat-show career, they were popular street and later domestic cats which helped around by keeping a house safe from rodents and keeping family members a company.
The British Shorthair breed was presented to the audience at the first-ever cat-show in 1871. It was Harrison Weir who pioneered in the breed cultivation as well as in cat fancy. Remarkably, the Shorthair naturally developed their world-known smile which was even used for an illustration of the Cheshire Cat in 1865.
The British Shorthair breed went through a few transformations due to the wars which drastically affected the population. It helped to cultivate the teddy-bear like Shorthair we know now.
The British Shorthair cats considered to be reserved and independent cats, they are calm and affectionate. They rarely vocalize for attention and are patient. In company of strangers, they would be careful and would prefer to stay aside.
They would find ways to entertain themselves while alone, usually, it means they will nap and play casually. They are quiet and unlikely to be running around due to their calm personality.
Probably, the most distinctive feature about the British Shorthair, apart from the smile, is their plush and soft coat with thick hair.
The Shorthair are medium to large-sized cats with massive and muscular body. Their legs and neck are short. Eyes are large and round, ears are small, rounded. They have a broad face and a short muzzle. Their round and full whisker-pads in a combination with an upturned mouth resemble a smile.
The British Shorthair goes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, from classic blue to gorgeous golden. The eye color is amber, green or blue depending on the coat color.
The British Shorthair cats are generally healthy, easy to care cats which might live to their late teens. They might have heart issues and are predisposed to obesity. Keep it in mind and balance their diet. Vet checkups on a yearly basis will help your cat to stay healthy and live a long happy life.