The British Shorthair has developed into a popular breed in a relative short time. Currently there are still Persian Longhair cats used to preserve the British Shorthair characteristics. Because of those crossings, some Shorthair cats can deliver longhaired kittens, which to most British Shorthair breeders is regarded as a legacy from the past and sold as pets. Some breeders find that the long-haired offspring, however, is nice enough to breed under the name British long hair.
Not only does the quality of the fur distinguishes the British Shorthair from normal domestic shorthair cats, but mainly through their body construction, which has some similarities with the construction of the Persian cat. It is a large, muscular cat with a short, thick tail with its top slightly rounded. Previously the breed was mainly colored blue. Today there are many different colors, like lilac, cream, chocolate, cinnamon, white turtle and silver tabby. The legs are short and straight with round, solid feet. The head looks very solid. The head is round with full cheeks and a wide skull and is located on a short and thick, muscular neck. The chin is firm and well developed. Adult males have a more massive heads than females. The eyes are large and round and can have different colors, depending on coat color. The ears are small, short and wide at the base, and are far apart.
The British Shorthair is easy to handle. She is stable in character and is best kept indoors. They are very tolerant and friendly, and they have great adaptability. Since they are stable and good-natured, the most get along very well with children. These cats are ideal for apartments. Sometimes they spend hours lying somewhere sleeping, but they also love to be petted. They do not require much attention but love to stare and play. The British Shorthair does not really need the companionship of another animal, although if they are joined by another British Shorthair or a cat with similar temperament, they can appreciate this. They are not very vocal but will meow to communicating with you. They tend to follow you around the house to see what you are doing.
The British Shorthair needs a weekly brushing to keep the coat in good condition. In the moulting season, a rubber brush is the ideal tool to remove dead and loose hairs from the coat. You can clean the external ear canal with a ear cleaner for cats dipped in the ear and then rub the surface softly.