11 British Breeds of Cat

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 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

Energetic 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

Abyssinian Cat Breed Profile

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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Top 8 Affectionate Cat Breeds

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds at a Glance Burmese Devon Rex Singapura Birman Ragdoll Abyssinian Siamese Sphynx Purebred cats come in all shapes and sizes, and all have unique traits, some are energetic, others are calm, some are independent while other cats love to be with their human family at all times. We look at some … Read more

Toyger Cat Breed Profile

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 Prevalence: Rare About The Toyger is a rare man-made breed of … Read more

Sphynx Cat Breed Profile

Sphynx at a glance

  • Origin: Toronto, 1966 and
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 –
    11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
  • Colours: All coat colours and patterns
  • Eye colours: Blue, copper, yellow, green, hazel, odd-eyed
  • Coat: Hairless
  • Shedding: Low
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Characteristics: Almost hairless
  • Grooming: None, but does require a weekly bath


  • Club recognition: All cat clubs
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: High
  • Temperament: Playful,
    outgoing, curious, loving
  • Prevalence: Common
  • Suitable for: Families, retirees, indoors
  • Also called:
  • Cost: $1,000 – $2,000
  • Good with children: Excellent
  • Good with other pets: Yes
  • Genetic code allocation: hr
  • Mode of inheritance: Recessive

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Somali Cat Breed Profile

Somali cat at a glance

  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Friendly, playful, easygoing, active
  • Weight: Males 5 kg (11 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Red, blue, fawn, and silver
  • Grooming: Requires weekly
  • Other names: Fox cat

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Russian Blue Breed Profile

Origin: Archangel (Arkhangelsk), Northern Russia Lifespan: 12-14 years Eyes: Green Energy: Medium Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, gentle Weight: Males 5 kg (11 lbs), females 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs) Colours: Blue Grooming: Weekly Alternate names: Archangel Cat About the Russian Blue The Russian Blue (Русская голубая кошка) is a naturally occurring ancient breed of cat that originated … Read more