british shorthair breed information
common health issues
The British Shorthair is a descendant of the cats brought to Britain by Romans and then interbred with wild native cats. They come in many colors, but by far the most popular color is blue, and this variety is often simply referred to as a “British Blue”. Its full cheeks and large, round eyes made it a natural choice as the model for the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
British Shorthairs are laid back and have generally happy dispositions. They enjoy affection from their owners but are not overly aggressive about seeking it. Their above-average intelligence allows them to learn tricks easily. Whether or not they perform these tricks, however, is a different story - it is, after all, a cat, and it will do what it likes.
Although above average in intelligence, British Shorthairs are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses British Shorthairs are prone to include blood disorders such as neonatal isoerythrolysis and hemophilia B; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as cataracts; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your British Shorthair inherits more than just his parents’ ability to do tricks, you’re covered.