- 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.