British Longhair Breed Profile

British Longhair breed profile
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: Low to medium
  • Temperament: Good-natured, quiet, independent, amiable
  • Weight: Males 6-9 kg (13.2 – 19.8 lbs), females 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs)
  • Colours: Blue, black, red, fawn, lilac, chocolate, cinnamon in solid and bicolour
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Other names:  British Longhair Variant, British Semi-Longhair, Lowlander (United States), Britannica (Europe)
  • Cost: $1,000-$1,500

The British Longhair is a medium to large semi-longhaired cat who originated from Britain and is essentially a British Shorthair with longer fur.

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Best Cat Breeds For First Time Cat Owners

White British Shorthair between two blue British Shorthairs

Best cat breeds for first-time cat owners at a glance

  • Burmese
  • British Shorthair
  • Burmilla
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Russian Blue
  • Ragdoll
  • Tonkinese
  • American Shorthair

Cat breeds come in all shapes, sizes and personality, and pet owners must choose carefully before bringing a new pet into the home. This article looks at cat breeds which are suitable for novice or first-time owners. The criteria I have based these breeds on include overall health, a friendly personality but not too needy and ease of care.

Included is a star rating for independence, with * meaning they are less independent and **** meaning they are more independent.

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Khao Manee Cat Breed Profile

Khao Manee cat
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Gold, green, blue and odd
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, intelligent, gentle
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: White
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Once a week
  • Also called: Khao Plort, White Gem, White-Jewelled Cat, Diamond Cat, Diamond Eye, Khaomanee

The Khao Manee is a rare, natural breed of cat from Thailand with a stunning white coat and blue, gold or odd-eyes (blue and green or yellow). Several other breeds have originated from Thailand including the Siamese, Burmese and Korat.

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Lykoi Cat Breed Profile

Lykoi cat

At a glance

  • Origin: United States of America
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: High
  • Temperament: Intelligent, active, curious, playful
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Coat: Short to medium
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Cost: $1,500 – $2,500
  • Good with children? Yes
  • Also called: Wolf cat, Werewolf cat


Lykoi Cat Breed Profile 1

The Lykoi is a unique breed with the look of a werewolf. Founded in Tennessee by Dr Johnny and Mrs Brittney Gobble, the Lykoi is the result of selective breeding of a number of domestic cats who were born with a mutation which made their fur unique.

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11 British Breeds of Cat

Grey British Shorthair

British shorthair

British Shorthair cat
British Shorthair
  • Origin: England
  • Energy: Low
  • Temperament: Easygoing, sweet, loyal, quiet
  • Coat: Short
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Care: Weekly

Probably the most well-known of the British cat breeds is the British Shorthair.

It is thought that cats arrived in Britain during the Roman period, and were often domesticated working cats whose job was to keep rodent populations in check. During WWI the breed went into a sharp decline. After the war, breeders attempted to re-establish the breed, due to low numbers, Persian cats were sometimes bred with British Shorthairs. The offspring were then mated to British Shorthairs. The breed once again declined after WWII, and the Persian was used to increase the gene pool.

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