British Cat is a cat with balanced character. They are bright and are adapting to family very fast.
Non-conflicting personality goes as one with their patience and intelligence.
These cats are quiet, calm and totally unobtrusive.
They are demonstrating well developed maternal instinct and without any difficulties are raising their kittens.
Their fur is easy to take care of. The disease are rare and they don't have any sophisticated need for their food.
British cat founds appropriate for himself place very fast at new house.
The deepest feelings receives from him his owner, but he never forgets to play with kids and dog.
WHY THIS BREED ?
These cats are very calm and balanced, we can say that they are actually phlegmatic.
They are not jumping on the high shelfs, and they are not used to hang on the curtains.
If we will place scratcher in room, we can be calm about our furniture and sofa, for sure they will not smash our house.
It's just not in their nature.
These cats do not need big spaces.
They are excellent in adapting to living in small places.
They are more a domesticated type and the long journeys are not for them.
They learn very fast and they are very intelligent.
Fetching the toy, coming when they are called - that are only few of their capacities. They know how to act to get they favourite snack.
In many aspects they are similar to the dogs.
They are excellent companion for children, because their character is very well balanced and they are not aggressive.
In company of children, they become "teddy bears", lying peacefully for hours and without any response for any catches from kids.
Sometimes you have to protect your cat from your kids, because they can forget that it's still living creature - not a toy.
If they are bored or tired from all the cuddles they experienced, they will just walk away in safer place.
Without any problems they get along with other home pets. They accept them as their family members, so we don't have any problem breeding other breeds.
Friendship with dog or any other family member is nothing extraordinary.
They are very patient in contacts with even bigger animals, sometimes they just act in front of them, like in front of their owner.
Normally at home they choose one guardian, he will receive the largest amount of love. It's very often that cat will choose person, which had the most skeptical attitude about him from the beginning.
But it changes very quickly, thanks to his behavior he is "stealing" your heart and gets a friend for his whole life.
British Cat is not a typical cat, which like to sit on your lap.
He is trying to stay always around humans.
They are interested in everything. Helping in cleaning or in other house works it's what they like a lot.
They love to check if you are doing your job well. They had to always know what's going on at home.
What dog has in his bowl and if maybe his bed it better.
IN WHAT COLOURS THEY EXIST ?
There is over 150 varieties of colours and patterns of British Cats.
The most characteristic are blue and lilac, but recently you can meet more and more British Cats with colours like:
» one colour (white, black, chocolate, red, cream);
» bicolor (standard colour with different amount of white);
» tabby in all basic colours (spotted, blotched and mackerel);
» silver shaded and chinchilla;
» tortie, smoke, golden.
The colour of British Cats eyes harmonized with thei pattern.
The common colour are cooper or orange.
Green eyes colour affects at chinchilla cats (sometimes dark rim of the eye is necessary), smoked and blotched.
White cats can have odd eyes (blue, orange or odd).
One of the newest colour varieties of British Cat is colorpoint, which was recognized just in year 1991 in Great Britain.
The characteristic features for this variety are intense blue eyes and point marks over the muzzle (the mask), ears enidings, paws and tail.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
British Cat was recognized in year 1929 during annual GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) congress when the application made by one of the participants about recognizing British Cat as purebred breed was accepted.
The beginning of XX century is a beginning of development of breeding British cat in his homeland.
In that time, wealthy Brits started paying attention for cats in so exotic type.
Initially they were crossed British Cats with a asian shorthair cats, but they realized very soon that they are losing stocky body and round head.
Breeders decided to use blood of Angorian Cat, and next persian - thanks to which they received surprisingly good effects.
Initially Brits recognized only blue variety of the coat, which showed the chic and sophisticated taste of the owners.
Concurrently with breeding on British Islands in Europe breeders were also working at breeding shorthair cat with strong and compact structure of the body - which was called European Cat.
Unfortunately not for long, because Scandinavians also bred shorthair cat coming directly from home cat.
After conducting crossing trials of this breeds, breeders concluded that British and European Cats have a lot of similar features like body structure, but admixture the blood of persian and angorian cats distinguishes them from scandinavian cats.
So, Scandinavian cat remained to be a European cat which is characterized by lighter structure of the body and look making them similar to the cats, which we can meet on European streets.
On the beginning of 50's they made a attempt of crossing British Cat with French Chartreux Cat but they lost very quickly characteristic features for both breeds, that's why in the result they started to say about one breed.
In this days there are no such problems. Chartreux cats is himself, Scandinavian adapted standard from European Cat and between selected British and beyond British cats separated the British Cat which we know today.
We can say that the first breeder of this breed was Harrison Weir.
This breed in short time reached very big popularity and still continues this success.
Despite of breeding collapsing during II World War, it was built back thanks to a huge amount of work.