The British Shorthair is the breed Lewis Carrol chose to represent the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Its face is chubby and round and it seems to have a permanent grin on its face. Everything about this cat seems to be friendly and round, even its big eyes, which are usually copper in color.
British Shorthair cats have rounded, broad bodies, with short legs. Due to its built, the British Shorthair is prone to obesity. The fur of the British Shorthair is, as you can deduce from its name – short. It has dense and soft fur that can be seen in almost any color, and doesn’t need to be groomed too often – a brush once a week is recommended to remove loose hair. The most common color for the British Shorthair is blue, cats with this shade of fur is known as the British Blue.
True to its appearances and much like the Cheshire Cat, this cat has a laid back attitude. Its easy to take care of, doesn’t mind living in apartments and doesn’t demand too much attention.
The British Shorthair originated from the United Kingdom. Breeders wanted to create a cat that looked like a bulldog. It was first bred in the Victorian time from normal English working cats.