This section of this article is designed to help you know what to look out for, if you are considering adopting one of these beautiful and intelligent creatures. These tips should help you make the right choice for your family and circumstances.
Generally speaking, British Shorthairs are one of the largest types of domestic cats, and usually, the males are substantially larger than the females. Of course this is not a hard and fast rule, much depends upon the nutrition of the mother, and subsequently of the kittens, as well as genetic predisposition.
Features of this breed are a sweet round face, with full cheeks and a short but broad nose. The eyes will probably be the first feature you notice, when you first see a British Shorthair. They are large and round, and often a deep copper colour. Ears are usually small and round, in keeping with the roundness of the head. The whole body, including the neck, can best be described as being similar to the ‘cob’ horse. That is, short thick and muscular with great strength. This is a very ‘sturdy’ breed of cat.
If you don’t want to have a cat that requires hours and hours of grooming, to de-tangle a long coat which sheds all over your rugs, then this breed is for you. Their coats are short, thick and silky, requiring very little attention.
Having said that, it is advisable to brush them now and again particularly when they shed some of their coat annually. Their own grooming habits mean they can ingest substantial amounts of hair from their shedding coat, if they are not groomed during this tiame. The result of this can be hairballs, which are vomited up from the stomach. The simple way to avoid this is to brush them when you know their coats are in the shedding season.
British Shorthairs are large cats, with a solid bone structure, and a sturdy heavy-set build. When neutered, or when kept indoors, they can be prone to getting fat, so care should be taken with their food, and intake of nutrition adjusted accordingly. It is almost impossible to judge if they are overweight simply by weighing them, since their bones are big and heavy. Far better to rely on looking at them to determine their weight and fitness, and whether it is time to put kitty on a diet.