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British
Shorthair

A charming and easy going companion.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BRITISH SHORTHAIR

Friendly and affectionate, the British Shorthair is known for their loyalty and devotion.

British Shorthairs are easy going, very adaptable, and a charming companion for all.

  • Size
    Medium
  • Colour
    All colours (common colour – blue)
  • Coat Length
    Short - Medium
  • Age Expectancy
    7 – 12+ years
  • Weight
    5 - 8kg
  • Grooming
    Moderate (Weekly)
  • Lifestyle
    Indoor

Temperament

The British Shorthair is a friendly and affectionate breed known for its loyalty and devotion. They form strong bonds with other animals (including dogs) and children, which makes them a great choice for families. Energetic at times, they’re much more likely to be watching the world go by from the comfort of their basket or favourite chair. You probably won’t find one snuggling on your lap, but they will happily curl up in a ball next to you on the couch.

Weight

Females are smaller and will usually weight less than males. Usually weighing between 5-8 kg, British Shorthairs can be prone to weight gain. To make sure their weight comes from muscle rather than fat, their diet should be watched carefully and they should be encouraged to exercise.

Muscles & Joints

British Shorthairs are heavy, solid cats with an impressive muscle mass and a compact, sturdy physique. In order to protect their bodies against the added strain this can produce, their diet should include Omega 3 fatty acids. 

Skin & Coat

The British Shorthair’s plush coat and abundant undercoat sheds heavily all year round. You can keep on top of this by giving them a simple groom with a brush once a week. This will not only help reduce the amount of loose hair around your house, it will also reduce the likelihood of your British Shorthair suffering from hairballs.

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Interactive kitten guide

If you have just brought a new kitten home, please explore our interactive care guide. It’s full of useful advice for introducing a new kitten and getting them properly settled into your household routine.

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WHAT TO FEED YOUR BRITISH SHORTHAIR

From kitten to adult

Kitten

Up to 12 months

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Kitten

Up to 12 months

During their growth period, the British Shorthair’s digestive system remains immature and continues developing gradually over several weeks. An exclusive combination of nutrients helps support the young kitten’s digestive health and contribute to good stool quality. Highly digestible proteins with an adapted fibre content including psyllium and prebiotics promote a balance in the intestinal flora.

Natural Defences

Supports the kitten’s natural defences, thanks to an antioxidant complex, prebiotics and mannan-oligo-saccharides (MOS) which helps remove pathogenic bacteria from the gut and stimulate the local immune response.

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BECAUSE BRITISH SHORTHAIRS HAVE BIGGER JAWS


BSH Kibble

BECAUSE BRITISH SHORTHAIRS HAVE BIGGER JAWS

Every ROYAL CANIN® breed diet has been formulated and designed to meet the specific needs of that breed – even down to the shape of the kibble.

The exclusively shaped kibble is specifically designed for the British Shorthair’s large jaw and short muzzle. The kibble’s unique shape and size makes it easier for your cat to grasp and encourages chewing.

ADULT

Over 12 months old

Ideal Muscle Mass

An adapted protein content and L-carnitine to help maintain muscle mass.

Dental Health

Contributes to good dental health and helps reduce tartar formation thanks to the kibble’s unique shape and large size which encourages chewing.

Healthy Cardiac Function

Enriched with taurine and Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) to help support good cardiac function.

Exclusive Kibble

Unique British Shorthair Jaw – “Amethyst 12”, a kibble specially designed for the British Shorthair cats.

Mix It Up For Your British Shorthair

Wet and Dry diets formulated specifically for the unique needs of your British Shorthair.

ADULT

Over 12 months old

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ADULT

Over 12 months old

Ideal Muscle Mass

An adapted protein content and L-carnitine to help maintain muscle mass.

Dental Health

Contributes to good dental health and helps reduce tartar formation thanks to the kibble’s unique shape and large size which encourages chewing.

Healthy Cardiac Function

Enriched with taurine and Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) to help support good cardiac function.

Exclusive Kibble

Unique British Shorthair Jaw – “Amethyst 12”, a kibble specially designed for the British Shorthair cats.

Mix It Up For Your British Shorthair

Wet and Dry diets formulated specifically for the unique needs of your British Shorthair.

TAILOR-MADE NUTRITION

Specially formulated for the British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a very particular type of cat. Selectively bred over many generations the British Shorthair was featured in the first ever London cat show. This is why the ROYAL CANIN® British Shorthair diet is specifically created to fulfill the needs of this unique breed.

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WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR BRITISH SHORTHAIR

Share your British Shorthair photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #RoyalCaninBritishShorthair to see them here.

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