The British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces it's ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. Although first known as the British Blue, due to the breed's original color, it's native country incorporated a wide variety of colors in the 1950's.
The British Shorthair is a medium to large cat with males averaging 10-17 pounds and females 8-12 pounds. Taking years to mature, British Shorthairs often do not reach full size and development until 3-5 years of age. Once having reached full maturity, British Shorthairs are a sight to see. With a full broad chest, medium to short strong legs,rounded paws and modified tail these cats present a football player physique. The British Shorthair has a massive round head that sits almost immediatly on broad shoulders. Round is they key word for the British Shorthair, accurately describing the head, cheeks, eyes and paws. One of the most appealing features of the British Shorthair is their built in smile caused by their round whisker pads. The smile is like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat; originally a tabby British Shorthair.
The British Shorthair's coat is one of the breed's defining features. It is very dense but does not have an undercoat, thus the texture should be plush rather than woolly or fluffy, with a definitely firm, "crisp" pile that breaks noticeably over the cat's body as it moves
British Shorthairs are very affectionate, quietly following you from room to room until they can settle contentedly by your side. Gifted with lasting patience and confidence, Brits are especially good with children and other types of pets. A moderately active cat, they are not destructive as a breed, adapting well to any size household. British are very easy going and are affectionate to numerous people in the circle they consider family. Being a larger heavy cat, they feel very uncomfortable off the ground and are described as "four feet on the ground" cats.