11 British Breeds of Cat

Blue British Shorthair cats

British shorthair

Grey and white bi-colour British Shorthair
Grey and white bi-colour 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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9 Low-Energy Breeds of Cat

Low-energy breeds of cat

Low-energy cat breeds at a glance Persian Exotic Scottish Fold Russian Blue Burmilla Ragdoll Birman Selkirk Rex British Shorthair Persian Origin: Persia (Iran) Energy: Low to moderate Temperament: Easygoing, quiet, gentle Coat: Long Colours: Every colour except pointed or shaded (see Himalayan and Chinchilla) Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean … Read more 9 Low-Energy Breeds of Cat

Energetic Breeds of Cat

Energetic and playful breeds of cat

Playful Cat Breeds at a Glance Burmese Abyssinian Tonkinese Singapura Ragdoll Egyptian Mau Bengal Devon Rex Cornish Rex Domestic shorthair or longhair Related articles: Best cat breeds for children Low energy cat breeds Best indoor cat breeds Devon Rex Probably my top pick for playful cat breeds, the Devon Rex is friendly, outgoing, energetic and … Read more Energetic Breeds of Cat

Abyssinian Cat Breed Profile

Abyssinian cat resting

 

At a glance

  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Gold, copper, green and hazel
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5.5 kg (9.9 – 12.1 lbs), females 4-4.5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Ruddy, cinnamon, fawn, and blue
  • Grooming: Once a week
  • Good with children? Excellent
  • Also called: Aby
  • Cost: $800 – $1,600

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Toyger Cat Breed Profile

Toyger cat

At a glance Lifespan: 12-14 years Eyes: Hazel, green Energy: Medium to high Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving, intelligent Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4.5 – 5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs) Colours: Brown Mackerel tabby Grooming: Requires weekly grooming About   The Toyger is a man-made breed of domestic cat … Read more Toyger Cat Breed Profile

Sphynx Cat Breed Profile

Sphynx cat

Sphynx at a glance

  • Origin: Toronto, 1966 and Minnesota
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, yellow, blue, copper
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Grooming: None but does require a regular bath
  • Good with children? Excellent
  • Cost: $1,000 – $2,000

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