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 odd-eyed.
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.
|Grand Champion Delphinium Centurion
British Blue (BSH a)
Sire: Gr Ch Positively Zambezi
Dam: Positively Delphinium
Blood Group Ab (VGL Tested 01/12)
PKD Negative (VGL Tested 12/11)
Born on 26.6.11
This gorgeous bouncing blue boy arrived from good friend Jolanta and the Delphinium Cattery. He is a
perfect British boy with sturdy legs and a proper Tonka toy stance which British cats should have.
Bubba supports both my Selkirk Rex breeding program. Thank you so much Jolanta.
British Brown Spotted Tabby (BSH n 24)
Sire: UK OG, IGRCH Delpinium Sweet William
Dam: CH Delphinium Skylark
Born on 16.04.2019
This is another gorgeous boy arrived from good friend Jolanta and the Delphinium Cattery. I
spotted him at only a few weeks old and thought what a lovely lad he was, he's growing in to the
usual softy that Jolanta's cats are.
Thank you so much Jolanta.
British Blue BSH a
Born 11th July 2019
Sire: GRCH Delphinium Centurion
Dam: CH Bluepawz My Fair Lady
Little Captain is staying on for a while whilst we evaluate
his suitability to go to Australia as a show/breeding boy.
He is a lovely chunky boy and very friendly.
He has his Dad's bone structure and his Mothers
gorgeous round amber eyes.