The British Shorthair

"We would do well to look to the gutters for our education," wrote Moncrif in his History of cats in 1727.
The nineteenth-century cat lover and painter Harrison Weir must have agreed with him, as he hand
picked cats from the gutters of Great Britain to breed and show, thereby raising the common or garden
alley cat to the rank of "British Shorthair". This terribly colonialist appellation was used at the time to
refer to a variety of continental household cats, and was the cause of much confusion, until specific
breeding programmes defined the precise standards for the British and European Shorthairs, according
to morphological differences.
Nowadays the British Shorthair still has a slightly rugged look which betrays its common origins. It is a
medium to large sized cat, with a sturdy muscular body, broad shoulders, short robust legs, and a deep
rounded chest. The tail is thick at the base, and should be as long as two-thirds of the body. The head
must not be too short, and is round, like the muzzle. The eyes are also round, and are orange, gold or
copper-coloured: in case of the silver-coated cats, the eyes should be green, and white cats can be
The eyes are set quite wide apart, accentuating the width of the nose, and there is a very slight stop
between the nose and the well-defined forehead. The very thick, short hair covering the forehead gives
it a rounded look. The ears are quite wide at the base, and quite small., with rounded tips. It's short,
plush fur makes this cat look round and fluffy - most inviting to touch! With it's sweetly innocent, picture
book face, it looks like a cuddly toy come to life.
British Boys        
Grand Champion
Delphinium Centurion
(aka Bubba)
British Blue (BSH a)
Gr Ch Positively Zambezi
Dam: Positively Delphinium
Born on 26.6.11

Blood Group Ab (UCD Tested 01/12)
PKD Negative (UCD Tested 12/11)

This gorgeous bouncing blue boy arrived from good friend Jolanta
and the Delphinium Cattery in 2011. He is a perfect British boy
with sturdy  legs and a proper Tonka toy stance which British
cats should have, he also has the most laid bad personality, which
for an entire big boy is a total joy. Bubba loves nothing more than
head bops and hugs.  
Bubba supports both my Selkirk Rex breeding program. Thank
you so much Jolanta.
Not Available for Open Stud
Rapley Ocean-BlueStorm
British Blue (BSH a)
CH Pridykats Danny Ocean
Dam: Delphinium Darcey Bussell

Born on 17th May 2019

Blood Group B (VGL Tested 01/21)
PKD Negative (VGL Tested 01/21)
Born on 17th May 2019

We are thrilled to welcome our new blue boy 'Storm'.
Storm is a gorgeous boy of traditional British Blue Stature and
type from Joy Crowther and definitely a boy for her to be proud
off. He has all the old lines in his pedigree, including the show
stopping prefrix's of Miletree, Positively, Witchwoods, Colinswood
& Loraston.
He produced some lovely kittens in 2020 and we are looking
forward to see how they grow and develop.
Cats & Kittens'
British Boys
British Boys
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Not Available for Open Stud
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British Shorthair Breed