Interesting facts about British cats
British Shorthair (British) - Shorthair cats. As a rule, these are strong, kind, smart, strong cats. There are from medium to large sizes. According to legend, they are descendants of the Cheshire Cat.
Having a beautiful appearance and restrained character, British cats are considered the most popular and noble breed in the world. How many colors are "British" and why they do not need a company - we learned the most interesting facts about puffies from the United Kingdom.
In the photo: Boniface Ant Lariol
British Shorthair is one of the oldest identifiable cat breeds in the world. It is believed that British cats appeared as a result of crossbreeding of Central European forest and Egyptian cats, which were brought to Britain by the Romans during the conquest. However, the official pedigree of representatives of this breed begins only from the end of the XIX century.
One version of the appearance of such a fabulous character like the Cheshire Cat says that John Tenniel wrote him off from British Shorthair cats.
Despite the fact that the most popular color of British cats is gray-blue , representatives of this breed also meet with almost 30 different coat colors.
The British Shorthair cat sleeps 14-16 hours a day.
British Shorthair cats are excellent hunters . And if today people start them like an ordinary pet, then before the main goal of acquiring such a cat was that it would conscientiously fight rodents.
Due to their independent nature, representatives of this breed are often called "cats for businessmen . " They calmly endure loneliness and know what to do in the absence of owners.
British cats (like their English owners) are characterized by restraint and intelligent character . To hear their meow is very rare.
If, according to myths, cats of other breeds have 9 lives, then the British - at least 20! With proper care, representatives of this breed live on average two decades .
The British tabby cat is the face of the Whiskas brand of cat food.
Representatives of this breed are very friendly and release their claws extremely rarely.
In the photo: Arlette and Ann
Characteristic of the breed:
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: XIX century
- FIFe Category: III - shorthair
- FIFe Standard: BRI
- WCF Category: 3 - shorthair
- WCF Standard: BRI
Colors typical for a british cat
Many colors are the most popular - solid (gray-blue, 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 uniformly 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 with cream, with such colors a more even combination of black (blue, etc.) and red (cream) colors is desirable. However, due to the fact that selection (that is, one or another selection of pairs) cannot affect the distribution of spots in the color, the strict color requirements for turtles are not imposed on turtles, as in solid colors.
Smoky (smoke, chinchilla, cameo) - part of the coloring matter is absorbed in the outer hair, the color remains only on the top of the hair. A smoky cat is a cat of a contrasting color: the undercoat should be as white as possible, the ends of the hair should be black. The darkest will be the back, head, legs; lighter off-sides, collar, ears. Body color - from smoky black to silver on the sides. The muzzle and legs are black without markings. The collar and ears are silver. The undercoat is as white as possible. Eyes - copper or orange large, round.
Tabby (striped, marble, spotted, ticked) . Classic tabby (marble) (Blotched tabby) Color - markings (tabby pattern) in cats should be very clear, contrasting. There should be an “M” mark on the forehead. From the corner of the eye should go a continuous line, a pattern on the cheeks; lines from the back of the head go all over the back, descend onto the shoulders, forming a butterfly-like pattern. There are continuous rings on the neck and chest, 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. The belly is spotty. The legs should have rings of the main color. The outside of the hind legs to the hock is the same color as the markings.
Bicolors (combination of the main color with white) . The combination of the main color (solid, tortie) with white. The painted part should be clearly limited from white and be at least 1/3 and no more than 1/2 white, should not have white hairs. One of the ears must be colored, preferably a large colored spot on the head. Small spots on the back are acceptable; painted spots on the back; painted spots on the legs (with the general observance of the degree of shading).
Colorful (Siamese) color scheme . The body (cloak) is white, only the legs, tail, ears and mask are painted on the face. Wool changes color due to temperature changes.
British cats are distinguished from other breeds by their special independence. They are often called the "cat for the businessman" because the British quite calmly endure loneliness and find what to do with themselves at this time. The British are unlikely to flock to their master and ask to pick up; in addition, for all their appealing looks, they do not like to be taken to "cuddle" them. At the same time, rest assured, they are very fond of their masters and are bored with their long absence; The Briton will look forward to the return of his beloved master, to say hello to him, to talk about the past day, to play, the most important thing is to eat, and just sit next to him. It's just that these are real English gentlemen with truly British qualities - restraint and self-esteem. And even if you can’t resist and start hugging your charming British cat when she doesn’t want to, she will never scratch or bite you, but with a sigh, she will wait a couple of seconds and gently free herself. They do not trust strangers and will never allow themselves to stroke a new person, keeping within a meter or two from him. Calm (the British release their claws only in case of emergency), affectionate (when they want to be stroked), absolutely not annoying (they basically do not need this), intelligent by nature, clean and very smart. They play and run with pleasure (if possible), possessing an amazing property to masterfully go around all objects and not cause any damage to either furniture or breaking objects. When it comes to a piece of paper that is wrinkled, they rush around the house, tumbling, in general, they can demolish their house (if any) at a time. They will never start hanging on curtains, tearing newspapers or “hooligans” in any other way. For all their apparent “massiveness,” the British are very agile and fast cats, excellent mouse traps and rat-catchers (if required). They meow, as a rule, rarely, quietly and quite peculiarly (a bit like groaning or some croaking sound). But if you "talk" with your pet, he will certainly learn to meow in response. In terms of health, the British have a fairly strong immunity. But they are sensitive to cold - after sitting in a draft, they easily catch a cold. If you take good care of the Briton, then he will be healthy and grateful. They eat a little - about one canned food (or 100-150 grams of meat) per day. Clean drinking water should always stand.
The head is round and with well-developed cheeks, wide in the cheekbones, which emphasize its round shape. The neck is short, thick. The nose is short, wide, straight. In profile, the round forehead turns into a short, straight nose (the transition should not be very obvious, but noticeable). The chin is strong, even. The nose and chin are vertical.
Ears are small, rounded, set low and wide.
The eyes are large, round, wide open, set wide. Usually very bright orange. Point cats have blue eyes. Chinchillas from blue, lavender to emerald green.
The body is squat, the kobby is of type, the back is straight, short. The chest is wide. Broad, massive shoulders
Legs and legs - legs are short, thick, legs - round, strong, dense.
The tail is thick, of medium length, rounded at the end, wide at the base.
Coat - short, thick, shiny, dense, fine texture, not adjacent, with a dense undercoat. Too soft coat and / or too long and / or close fitting is a disadvantage.
Breeds "British fold" - does not exist . There is "British Shorthair (Longhair)" and "Scottish Fold (Straight-eared)."
Pros: It does not require a lot of attention , it can remain alone for a long time, it is perfect for people who spend a lot of time at work.
Cons: Has its own opinion on many occasions - it is necessary to educate from early childhood.