Skip to main content

British Shorthair Temperament

Blue British Shorthair Cat - Photo by kitty.green66 (Flckr)

I will quote four sources for the British Shorthair temperament, Myself based on personal experience of handling (but not "owmning") British Shorthairs, The Encyclopedia Of The Cat, Legacy of the Cat and British Shorthair cat by Esther Verhoef.

I have found the Brit SH very solid, reliable and laid back. A great companion where limited space is allowed perhaps but I personally do no advocate permanent indoor living for cats. I advocate a nice bright and large enclosure and/or supervised walks.

Esther Verhoef does not have a section on British Shorthair temperament in her book. This tells us something...that there is in all honest almost no such thing as a cat breed personality because the personality of individual cats will be more pronounced than the differences in cat breeds.

Dr Fogle in The Encyclopedia Of The Cat says that this breed is, "genial and relaxed" - agreed.

And Gloria Stephens the author of Legacy of the Cat (with the photographer Tetsu) says that they are "independent yet affectionate". She says they are relaxed yet as for all cats they are curious. Male Brit SH are, she says, more friendly to people than the female (this is subject to individual characters obviously).

The Brit SH is therefore a relaxed, somewhat independent cat breed that is quiet. They have a very quiet voice, sometimes a silent voice. The mouth opens and no sound emanates! Strange and cute.


Popular posts from this blog

Cat Ear Mites

Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat ear mites in the outer ear canal. This parasite is not restricted to the domestic cat, which makes this photo valid and a useful illustration (I was unable to find a suitable photo of a cat with the condition). Photo Stacy Lynn Baum under a creative commons license. Ear mites (minute crab like creatures) are one of the causes of inflammation of the outer ear canal (scientific term for this inflammation is Otitis externa ). The outer ear canal is the tube that runs from outside to the ear drum (the pathway for the reception of sound), which can be seen when looking at the ear. Otitis externa affects humans and often swimmers as it is called "swimmer's ear" in humans. This YouTube video show ear mites under a microscope. They are not actually in the ear in this video. There are many possible causes of Otitis externa in c

Feline Mange

I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source material is from Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the best on the market . Generalised feline mange? Puerto Rico - Photo by Gotham City Lost And Found Feline Scabies - head mange Head mange or feline scabies, is a fairly rare condition in cats, which is caused by the Notoedres mite (head mite) that only reproduces on cats. The female mites burrow a few millimeters (that is a lot) into the skin around the head, and neck to lay eggs, which hatch and lay their own eggs. Their presence and activities causes intense itching that in turn causes the cat to scratch. The scratching will obviously be noticed and it will cause the skin to become red, scratched and worse infected. Symptoms: hair loss and scabs, thick wrinkled skin and grey/yellow crusts form plus the symptoms of scratching. Feline mange (head mange) is contagious and tr

Cat Anatomy

Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. The photograph is published under a creative commons license kindly granted by the photographer. I am sorry if it is a bit gruesome. It is pretty well all I could find as an illustration that was licensed for publication. Cat Anatomy is a very wide ranging subject. The anatomy of a cat is very similar to human anatomy. If you were writing a biology book for students of biology you would go through every part of the a cat's anatomy in some detail. It would be similar to writing a book about the human anatomy. It would be a thick book and pretty boring for your average internet surfer. So, how do you limit such a big subject and make this post meaningful? The answer I think lies in doing two things: Having a quick general look at cat anatomy - an overview and; Focusing on the areas of cat anatomy that are particular to the cat and of parti