British Shorthair

Growth Size

British Shorthairs grow to a weight of 4 – 7kg.


15 – 18 years.


British Shorthairs are a docile and quiet breed. Their placid and tolerant nature means they get along quite well with children, and even dogs.

Training Difficulty

These intelligent cats are fairly easy to train, which makes them a favourite among animal trainers. Due to the breed's trainability, they have been used in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for families, but are equally good companions for those who live alone.


This breed was originally found wandering streets and alleyways of 19th century British cities. Harrison Weir is credited with almost single-handedly developing British Shorthairs into the breed we know today. He chose the strongest cats from the streets for his own breeding program. The British Shorthair was officially recognised as a breed in 1889.


All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


This breed's short hair is easy to groom, as it won't tangle. A quick brush weekly should suffice to remove any loose hairs.


Even though the British Shorthair's ancestry lies with cats who wandered from place to place, it much prefers to stay at home snoozing. Even if let outside the home, this breed won't venture very far.