The BSH is a very old breed, in fact hundreds of years old. It is thought that they first came to Britain with the Romans. They can be found in Cat “breed” books as early as the 1800’s. They were respected as hunters and were quite widely kept as farm cats.


The British Short Hair is a large “chuncky” Cat, the male being substantially larger than the female. The BSH has a short cobby body and shortish legs with rounded paws. The tail is thick and of an average length. The face is round and the nose is short and broad. The ears are small and rounded and the eyes are mesmerisingly large and round. They have a “cuddly” appearance and are said to be the “Cheshire Cat” in Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland”. They are large and require approximately 70Kcals per kg bodyweight per day of food. They are rather greedy!!! and tend to gain weight quickly, making it a must to avoid them overeating. Their coats are usually easily maintained although they must be brushed regularly as they moult heavily.


The BSH is a very popular show cat; it is bred in array of colours and patterns and has one of the biggest breed sections in major shows. There are “self” colours such as blue, cream, red, lilac, chocolate etc., “mixed colours” i.e. tortoiseshell, blue/cream, etc., “colourpoint” lilac, seal, chocolate, blue etc. Tabby and Spotty (see what I mean).

The BSH usually has between three and five kittens in a litter, although they are known to have more. The Queens will usually make good mothers due to their placid nature.


The BSH is usually very loyal and affectionate. They love to play and we have found that our girls can never have too many toys; they actually do play with all of them. They will usually latch on to one or two people in the family and follow them around wherever they go. Do next expect them to be a permanent “lap cat” they do like their own space and will come to you, only if they feel like it. We always say “we are owned by our cats” and that saying is very true. They make extremely suitable house cats provided they are stimulated and get plenty of physical contact. They usually live into their early teens but it has been known for them to live much longer although the average life span is 15 years.