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British Shorthair



The British cat derives its ancestry almost exclusively from the domestic shorthair, the ‘moggy’ that we all know so well. Over the past century careful selection has resulted in a clearly identifiable breed. The British Shorthair should be a cobby cat with short, strong legs, a round head with well-rounded eyes and a tail broad at the base and rounded at the tip. The coat should be short and dense. The general impression should be that of a compact, alert, fit and healthy cat.

British Shorthairs come in a great range of varieties: Self, Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Bi-Color, Smoke, Tipped, Colourpointed and Manx.


The plain-colored cats are known as Self's, and these may be White, Black, Blue, Red or Cream, or one of the newer colors such as Lilac or Chocolate.
There are patterned cats, for example Tabbies or Spotteds in various colors with or without the Silver gene; this latter gene has the effect of producing a silver undercoat.
There is a range of colors in Tortoiseshell cats, and these colors are mirrored in their Tortie and White variations.
The Bi-Colors combine the various Self colors with the addition of white.
The Smokes exhibit the Silver gene, giving them a silver undercoat, the remainder showing a Self-color or Tortie pattern.
Then there are the Tipped; these too carry the Silver gene which has the effect of making their coats appear white almost to the ends where they show tipping of various colors, most commonly Black.
The Colourpointed cats have British type with a Siamese pattern; their faces, ears, legs and tails are of a contrasting color to that of their bodies.
Finally there is the Manx, the famous cat without a tail. Their conformation is different from that of the rest of British cats, the major points being that they tend to have longer heads, taller ears, back legs longer than their front ones resulting in a high rump and, of course, no tail.