Even if you’ve never met one in person, you know the British Shorthair. From the medieval herb woman’s companion
to the widely grinning Cheshire Cat of Alice in
Wonderland fame, he’s a stalwart of British heritage and literature.
Chunky and full-cheeked, the British Shorthair
is a comfort cat: just made for sitting in laps,
twining around legs as meals are prepared, and
majestically stalking a toy mouse — no mad
scramble for this famously formal feline. With
his large size and dignified demeanor, he is
sometimes nicknamed the
Winston Churchill of the
He’s best known
for his easygoing,
affectionate, calm, and
quiet nature. True to
his British heritage, it
takes a lot to ruffle his
fur, making him a com-
panion of choice for almost
Living with a British Shorthair
British Shorthairs are calm and prefer to live life
with four on the floor. They are unlikely to jump on
counters or climb the curtains and have a reputation as
something of a klutz.
The British Shorthair extends a paw of friendship
toward other animals. He typically gets along well with
other cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds.
The British Shorthair loves lap time, but he’s not
fond of being carried around. Children who want
to transport him may be better off pushing him in
a baby buggy.
WHO’STHATCAT? BY KIM CAMPBELL THORNTON