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Breed Review: British Shorthair (19 Pics)

The British Shorthair will be a great companion for people of all ages and families with children due to its calm, cheerful character and philosophical attitude to the owners’ daily absences.

#1 The British Shorthair is one of the breeds that nature has been working on for much longer than humans.

As a result, we have a physically developed, harmoniously built animal with a light, livable character. Sharing with him will not give the owners much trouble. British cats attract with a calm disposition, bordering on phlegmatic, well-mannered, and incredibly beautiful plush fur, pleasant to the touch. In the famous book "Alice in Wonderland" Lewis Carroll forever immortalized this breed in the form of the Cheshire cat.

#2 Over the years, documentary evidence of the first appearance of cats in the British Isles is impossible to find.

However, researchers suggest that the domesticated animals were brought there by the Roman conquerors. The Legionnaires, of course, did not keep them as furry friends - someone needed to protect the stores of provisions in the holds from the encroachments of ship rats. True, those rodent hunters had little resemblance to today's chubby and well-knocked individuals, their physique was closer to the graceful and long-legged Egyptian animals.

#3 But the free feline nature took its toll – and some of the small predators brought by the invaders moved from the decks to solid ground, and there over time they met wild relatives who enriched the gene pool.

For centuries, short-haired purrs lived side by side with peasants, receiving a little milk and a roof over their heads for their contribution to the fight against mice. Nobody, of course, cared about selecting kittens by coat color, ear shape, and tail length, so the breed's appearance was formed in a natural way. I must say that the attitude towards these cute creatures was often not just indifferent, but even hostile, while dogs were considered faithful friends, worthy of sugar pits and a place by the fireplace.

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