British Shorthair Cat Breed Profile


The British Shorthair Cat is a very mild tempered breed of cat. British Shorthair Cats are relaxed and gentle and have a tendency to get very emotionally attached.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of cat loves children and is great for the nuclear family and singles alike. They get attached to family members all the time.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of a British Shorthair is around 18 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of cat is around 8 to 15 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common disease prone to British Shorthairs is their tendencies towards obesity.

Housebreaking and Shedding

British Shorthairs are litterbox trained at around 8 weeks of age. Shedding is minimal for these cats, only requiring a brushing around once per week.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of cat can be for the apartment and condo dweller. Not for the frequent traveler. Best owner has lots of love and attention to give, lots of toys, and a playmate for kitty when they are busy.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy a British Shorthairs are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning a British Shorthair does not come cheaply. The average cost for a British Shorthair is around $1,200+ per cat. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

British Shorthairs are not typically aggressive unless abused. They do however, love to play, and when they do, they love to play bite. Sometimes they will tend to bite a little hard when they are playing, which could be mistaken for aggression.

Noise Factor

British Shorthairs are not very vocal cats unless their food is late or they want attention in any way, shape, or form. If they want attention, they will find very creative ways of letting you know!

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