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Interesting facts about British cats

Интересные факты о британских котах

British Shorthair (British) - shorthair cats. As a rule, they are strong, kind, smart, strong cats. There are from medium to large sizes. According to legend, they are descendants of the Cheshire Kota.

Possessing a beautiful appearance and discreet character, British cats are considered the most popular and noble breed in the world. How many colors the “British” have and why they do not need a company - we have learned the most interesting facts about Fuzzies from the United Kingdom.


Интересные факты о британских котах
In the photo: Bonifatzii Ant Lariol

The British Shorthair is one of the oldest identified feline breeds in the world. It is believed that the British cats appeared as a result of the crossing of the Central European forest and Egyptian cats, which the Romans brought to Great Britain during the conquests. However, the official pedigree of representatives of this breed begins only from the end of the XIX century.


Интересные факты о британских котах

One of the versions of the appearance of such a fairytale character like the Cheshire Cat , says that John Tenniel wrote him off from the British Shorthair breed cats.


Интересные факты о британских котах

Despite the fact that the most popular color of British cats - gray-blue , representatives of this breed are also found with almost 30 different colors of wool.


Интересные факты о британских котах

The British Shorthair sleeps 14-16 hours a day.


Интересные факты о британских котах

Cats of breed British Shorthair - great hunters . And if today people start them as an ordinary pet, then before the main purpose of acquiring such a cat was that it would conscientiously fight rodents.


Интересные факты о британских котах

Due to their independent character, representatives of this breed are often called "cats for businessmen . " They calmly endure loneliness and know what to do in the absence of their owners.


Интересные факты о британских котах

British cats (like their English masters) are restrained and intelligent . It is very rare to hear their meowing.


Интересные факты о британских котах

If, according to myths, cats of other breeds have 9 lives, then the British - no less than 20! With proper care, representatives of this breed live on average for two decades .


Интересные факты о британских котах

The British tabby cat is the face of the Whiskas brand of cat food.


Интересные факты о британских котах

Representatives of this breed are very friendly and release claws extremely rarely.

Интересные факты о британских котах
Pictured: Arlette and Ann

Characteristics of the breed:

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: XIX century
  • Category FIFe: III - shorthair
  • FIFe Standard: BRI
  • WCF Category: 3 - shorthair
  • WCF Standard: BRI

The colors characteristic of the British cat

Many of the most popular colors are solid (blue-gray, black, purple, chocolate), tabby and silver tabby, their varieties: stain, strip and marble.

Solid , that is, colors in which the entire body of the cat is painted evenly in one color. Without a single point. The most common monochrome color of the British Shorthair is gray-blue.

Tortoiseshell - a combination of black with red, blue and cream, with such colors it is desirable to have a more uniform combination of black (blue and others) and red (cream) colors. However, due to the fact that selection (that is, this or that selection of pairs) cannot affect the distribution of spots in the color, turtles do not have such strict requirements for coloring as in solid colors.

Smoky (smoke, chinchilla, cameo) - part of the coloring matter is absorbed in the guard hair, the color is stored only on the upper part of the hair. Smoky cat is a cat of contrasting color: undercoat should be as white as possible, hair ends should be black. The darkest will be the back, head, legs; more light - side, collar, ears. Body color - from smoky black to silver on the sides. The muzzle and legs are black without marks. The collar and ears are silvery. Undercoat as white as possible. Eyes - copper or orange large, round.

Tabby (striped, marble, speckled, ticked) . Classic tabby (marble) (Blotched tabby) Color - the markings (tabby pattern) in cats should be very clear and sharp. On the forehead should be marked in the form of "M". From the corner of the eye should go a continuous line, drawing on the cheeks; the lines from the back of the head go all the way back down to the shoulders, forming a pattern in the shape of a butterfly. On the neck and chest - continuous rings, the more the better. On the back are three parallel lines, separated from each other by the main color. Each side should have a clear pattern, on the hips - completed circles. Belly spotted. On the feet should be the main color rings. The outer side of the hind legs to the hock is the same color as the markings.

Bicolor (combination of primary color with white) . The combination of the main color (solid, tortoise) with white. The colored part should be clearly limited to white and be at least 1/3 and not more than 1/2 of white color, should not have white hairs. One of the ears should be necessarily colored, preferably a large colored spot on the head. Small spots on the back are allowed to have stained spots on the back, stained spots on the legs (with a general observance of the degree of shading).

Kolornaya (Siamese) color scheme . The body (cape) is white, only the paws, tail, ears and mask on the face are painted. Wool changes color due to temperature changes.

Character, behavior

British cats differ from other breeds in particular independence. They are often called “a cat for a businessman,” because the British calmly endure loneliness and find something to do at this time. The British are unlikely to cling to their master and ask to pick up; besides, with all their good-looking looks, they do not like being taken to "cuddle." At the same time, you can be sure that they love their owners very much and miss their long absence; The Briton will look forward to the return of his beloved master, to greet him, tell him about the past day, play, the most important thing is to eat and just sit next to him. Simply, these are real English gentlemen with truly British qualities - restraint and self-esteem. And even if you can not resist and start hugging your charming British cat when she does not want it, she will never scratch and bite you, and with a sigh, wait a couple of seconds and gently release. They do not trust strangers and will never allow themselves to be patted by a new person, keeping him from him within a meter or two. Calm (the British release their claws only when absolutely necessary), affectionate (when they want to be stroked), absolutely not intrusive (they don’t need it at all), intelligent by nature, neat and very intelligent. They are happy to play and run (if possible), possessing an amazing property of virtuoso to bypass all the objects and not cause any damage to the furniture or to the breaking objects. When it comes to a piece of paper that is crumpled - they rush around the house, tumble, in general, they can tear down their house (if there is one) at a time. They will never hang on curtains, tear newspapers or else “hooligan” in any way. For all their apparent "massiveness", the British are very agile and fast cats, excellent micelles and rat catchers (if required). Meowing, as a rule, rarely, quietly and rather peculiarly (a bit like grunting or some croaking sound). But if you “talk” with your pet, he will surely learn to meow in response. As for health, the British are quite strong immunity. But sensitive to cold - after sitting in a draft, they easily catch cold. If you take good care of the Brit, he will be healthy and grateful. Eat a little - about one canned (or 100-150 grams of meat) per day. Clean drinking water should always stand.

Breed description

Interesting facts about British cats

The head is round and with well developed cheeks, broad in the cheekbones, which emphasize its round shape. The neck is short, thick. The nose is short, wide, straight. In profile, the round forehead goes into a short, straight nose (the transition should not be very pronounced, but noticeable). Chin - strong, smooth. The nose and chin make up the vertical.

Ears - small, rounded, set low and wide.

Eyes - large, round, wide open, widely set. Usually very bright orange. Point cats have blue eyes. Chinchillas from blue, lavender, to emerald green.

Body - squat, cobby - type, back straight, short. Chest wide. Shoulders are wide, massive.

Legs and feet - legs short, thick, feet - round, strong, tight.

Tail - thick, medium length, rounded at the end, wide at the base.

Wool - short, thick, shiny, dense, fine texture, not adjacent, with a thick undercoat. Too soft wool and / or too long and / or tight fit is a disadvantage.

Breed "British Fold" - does not exist . There is a "British Shorthair (long-haired)" and "Scottish Fold (straight-ear)."

Pros: Does not require a lot of attention , can stay alone for a long time, it is perfect for people who spend a lot of time at work.

Cons: It has its own opinion on many occasions - it is necessary to bring up from early childhood.