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Breed of the Week

Cat Breed of the Week: British Shorthair


British Shorthairs are the most popular pedigreed breed of cat in the UK, and it’s easy to see why! As a breed, they’re pretty low-maintenance – they are healthy and hardy, and they don’t require much grooming – making them the perfect pet for just about anyone!


The British Shorthair is one of the oldest identifiable cat breeds in the world, having come about after Romans brought domestic Egyptian cats with them to Britain, which then interbred with European wildcats. The breed was standardised in the mid-18th Century, and has been a mainstay in British homes ever since!

One thing that makes British Shorthairs unique among other breeds of cat is their coat. They have very dense fur but no undercoat, which gives it a soft, plush texture. The most common coat colour amongst the breed is blue (known as the British Blue), but these cats can come almost any coat shade or pattern.

While they’re not particularly playful, British Shorthairs are very affectionate, and love a good cuddle with their owner! They’re not too adventurous, and will usually prefer to spend a day curled up on the sofa rather than outdoors chasing mice. However, this laid-back attitude can make British Shorthairs prone to obesity, so owners need to always keep track of their moggy’s diet!

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Famous British Shorthairs include Bayne (a.k.a. “OMG” cat), the character Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies, and Tsim Tung Brother Cream, the convenience store cat who has become a somewhat unlikely celebrity in his home city of Hong Kong.

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Philippa & Daisy

Daisy is a 10-year-old, slightly rotund tabby from London, who enjoys sleeping, eating, and generally any activity that involves moving as little as possible. Her human/favourite lap to sit on, Philippa, is PawPost's content marketing manager.

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