Independent, stubborn, easily tolerate loneliness, suitable for busy people; not too active, they are restrained and calm.
The British Shorthair cat is an ideal pet for those who love peace and silence. Representatives of this breed are real English aristocrats who will never allow themselves to participate in active games and empty running around the apartment.
An adult Briton is a model of seriousness, independence and restraint. At the same time, kittens of this breed are quite active and curious, therefore, they need education from birth.
British Shorthair cats are great for people who are not used to spending too much time at home. These cats will not suffer and be sad in the absence of their owners.
Despite being independent, the British Shorthair requires some attention, and severely punishes the owner who does not give her such. With the Briton you need to play, talk and, of course, caress them, but this is only worth doing when the cat is in the mood. Otherwise, tactless behavior can be regarded as an attempt to violate the established rules of communication and personal space of the pet.
These cats are often very arrogant. Not too affectionate, but they can be jealous. They want to be the only favorite pets in the house.
British Shorthair do not like to be picked up and squeezed. However, they will be happy to settle down somewhere on the bed next to their master. But only of their own free will!
These cats have a truly aristocratic character: arrogant and imposing, very independent, with sophisticated manners and a sense of tact.
They are very calm and accommodating, but at the same time they treat others in a special way. The British have their own attitude to the owners.
The character of these cats is very independent, arrogant and majestic. If you are looking for a pet that will constantly flaunt, ask to be held and purr - throw away the idea of buying a British. Such animals will not rub your legs even if they are very hungry. The only action they will take in the event of hunger is to sit next to an empty bowl.
Of course, they love the owner and are endlessly attached to him, but they can be left alone in the apartment for several days - and they will not go crazy. The main thing is to feed them. they are not too affectionate, but they are charming, they also have a polite, attentive and calm attitude.
They are unlikely to rub on your leg in the hope that they will be petted, or fly to the kitchen at your first call. They always prefer personal space and do not like to be squeezed or seated on you lap.
With children, the British get along and can even take part in games, but they will never tolerate disrespect or having their tail pulled. Most children love cats which can be squeezed without fear of having their finger bit. But a significant drawback of this breed is that these cats can be very harmful and vindictive. You can’t show this cat who is the owner of the house because she will always assume that she is the mistress of the house and look down on you. If the child squeezes this cat too much, then it will not scratch or bite, but will begin to take revenge in its own way - it will calmly go to make a poop in the kids playhouse, then to the bed or to the toys.
If you are looking for a cat - a true friend, then this breed is not entirely suitable for you. But if you are satisfied with a cute little fluffy cat in your apartment that lives by its own rules and sometimes allows itself to be petted, then this breed will suit you well.
Over time, cats acquired a dense fur coat that protects from the famous English fog and dampness, and also learned to catch mice and rats quite well, which is why they have become especially popular with peasants.
Modern breed standards were formed in the 19th century when the British took part in the first cat show in London and the handsome cats with a thick plush fur coat became favorites of the aristocratic class. They were portrayed by artists in their paintings, and Lewis Carroll even chose the British as a prototype for his Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. This breed was not crossed with others, so the British retained their amazing, unspoiled appearance for many years.
The pride of the British is their coat, thick and soft. This is due to the fact that the coat and undercoat are the same length. To maintain its beautiful appearance, it is necessary to comb the cat daily using special brushes with natural bristles. During the molting period, the regularity of combing should be increased to two times a day. British cats love this process, and do not even resist when brushing against the coat.
If you do not pay proper attention to grooming, the hairs that fall out during licking will go into into the cat's body, which is the cause of diseases of the digestive system.
British cats, whose activity is moderate enough, still need physical activity. Moreover, this breed is prone to eating too much. It is necessary to play with cats, as well as to control their nutrition.
Cats of this breed are excellent hunters, so a multi-tiered house with various toys is best.