Purebred cats: British Longhair
Most people know the British Shorthair cats, especially the blue / gray is world famous. But the British longhair are significantly less known, so no more or less beautiful and sweet. The breed was established later and so is recognition. What kind of cat is that British longhair and can she be compared to her short-haired variety? Enclosed more about this lesser known breed.
The British longhair is actually half longhair, because it cannot be compared with, for example, the coat of the Persian cat, while it is precisely partly responsible for the British longhair. The build of the cats is very similar and in the past the British Shorthair was often crossed with the Persian cat (incidentally, the British Shorthair was bred from the most beautiful British domestic cats around 1870). This to make the British Shorthair even more that ?? chubby ?? of the press. The British Shorthair therefore also has the longhair gene.
In addition to the development of the British Shorthair breed, people have also increasingly focused on the breeder of these long-haired ?? fluffy balls ?? and an official breed has emerged from that. In addition to British long hair, it is also sometimes called Lowlander. The British Longhair has been recognized as an official breed in the Netherlands since June 23, 2012.
Breed characteristics and character
Apart from the coat, the British Longhair is hardly different from the British Shorthair, it is a medium-sized cat. The full round body that – with the help of the Persian from time to time to breed through – has been further introduced, makes this British cat a nice, cozy round cat. A sturdy cat that stands well on its broad legs and has a kind of imposing posture when she is upright, but also impresses when she is light, especially with that medium to long coat.
Officially, this cat has relatively small ears (which are set far apart), a wide skull and large round eyes, which can look at you very emphatically. Furthermore, these cats have quite chubby cheeks, whereby the male has this even more emphatically than the female. The neck is short and muscular and the nose is relatively small, but should not be as flat as we know in the Persian cat.
We are particularly familiar with the blue and the cream variant, but the British longhair (just like the shorthair) comes in different colors and mixes, with corresponding eye color.
The character is one that suits many people. The British cat is not very demanding. She is calm, somewhat introverted and very balanced. She lives well indoors, because she doesn’t really need much living space. So if you have an apartment or small house, this cat will fit in there too.
She can live well on her own and if there is another animal alive, then preferably one that is also calm in nature. By letting her voice be heard softly, she occasionally asks for attention. She will not come to the fore anytime soon.
The British longhair is not really a lap cat par excellence and if she does come on your lap, it is on her own initiative. She will lie or sit close by, because she likes to stay close to people.
More than other breeds, the relatively heavy cat is at risk of heart or kidney failure. So if you buy a kitten, feel free to ask for test results from the parents. Due to the weight, they can also suffer from loose kneecaps. So very important ?? pay close attention to the weight of this beautiful British cat.
This cat needs regular brushing and if this is done from a young age then she will either accept or even lie down for it. In the spring the cat gets the summer coat and it is good to keep up with the brushings to prevent tangles and tumbling hair in the house. In winter, the cat has a full coat, so keeping it up is important to prevent tangles.
In principle, the cat does not need to be washed, but with a little baby shampoo she can be washed every now and then (do not overdo it even if it smells good). Make sure it is properly dried.
For the man or woman who is sometimes absent, not looking for a noisy cat with a stable character, the British longhair is an excellent cat. The soft character appeals to almost everyone.