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Grooming and care of the British Shorthair (BKH)


The British Shorthair is a gentle, balanced cat that can be kept well in the apartment. Despite their plush fur, occasional brushing is enough for the care of the BKH. The British Shorthair is a quiet, easy-care house cat with a dense teddy fur - Image: Shutterstock / Gutzemberg

The British Shorthair probably comes from the cats that were brought to Great Britain by the Romans. But it was not until the 19th century that the BKH was bred specifically. By crossing the Persian cat after the Second World War, a strong, friendly cat with plush fur and round facial features emerged, which is rightly popular all over the world today.

The British Shorthair: pedigree cat with teddy fur

Typical of the BKH is their short but dense fur with thick undercoat. Although over fifty different color variations are distinguished, the noble blue color scheme is the best known and most popular. Despite its thick fur, the British Shorthair is an easy-care cat. Occasional brushing is enough, as their fur does not tend to felt. Only during the change of fur should brushing more often to avoid hairballs.

The British Shorthair is of robust health. Due to its strong build and sturdy body, this cat tends to be overweight, which should be taken into account when feeding.

British Shorthair: beautiful pedigree cat

BKH stance: Quiet domestic cat with social needs

With its calm, peaceful character, this cat breed is well suited for housing. As a house cat, the BKH likes to be "with it" and follows its owner from room to room, but occasionally needs a retreat for itself. She is very intelligent and wants to be challenged, so you should ensure that the cat does not get bored by playing regularly and actively.

The best thing to do is to get a pair of siblings because the BKH, even if it is sometimes more reserved towards people, does not like to be alone. Especially if you are working, you should not keep a British Shorthair alone.