British Shorthair Breed Information

The British Shorthair is normally a fairly relaxed, inactive breed prone to laziness; they shouldn’t need daily brushing due to their coat length unless it is moulting season when you will need to remove loose hairs from their dense coat. They can be tolerant of other pets such as dogs and rabbits but are not so happy to share the house with other cats unless they have grown up with them. The British Shorthair is not usually an overly talkative cat and may not enjoy being picked up; they seem to prefer to have all four paws on the ground but should happily sit on your lap.

Possible health problems:

Some breeds may be more prone to certain genetic health issues, this doesn’t mean that all cats of that breed will develop these issues, it just means there is an increased chance. There are genetic tests available for some of these diseases. Research what diseases are common to the breed you are interested in and ask the breeder if their cats/kittens have been tested where applicable.

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition where the volume of blood that the heart pumps with each contraction is reduced. This can cause fainting, tiredness and other signs of heart disease.
  • Polycystic kidney disease – a condition where cysts, present in the kidneys from birth, gradually increase in size until the kidney cannot function normally, resulting in kidney failure. A genetic test is available for this disease.

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your British Shorthair Cat with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like British Shorthair Cats that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  1. Dog and cat insurance policies from 8 weeks of age.
  2. 24/7 veterinary advice online or over the phone with Petcall.
  3. Manage your policy online with the PDSA Insure Hub.
  4. Monthly payment at no extra cost.

By insuring your British Shorthair Cat with PDSA Pet Insurance you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.

Energy levels
Overall grooming needs
Compatibility with other pets
Tendency to vocalise
Lap cat
Tendency to climb jump
Average lifespan 14-18 years
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Polycystic kidney disease
Average purchase cost £450
Estimated cost over lifetime £15,800 - £20,100
Average weight 5kg
Breed group British

Not sure if the British Shorthair is the right pet for you?