The British Shorthair is one of the largest breeds of cat. It is chunky and substantial and the male is much larger than the female. The face is round with full cheeks and the nose is short and broad. The chin is deep and strong. The tip of the chin is in line vertically with the tip of the nose. The ears are small and rounded and set so as to blend with the round contour of the head. The eyes are large and round. The head is set on a short thick neck. The body is cobby with a short level back. The chest is deep and the shoulders are strong. The legs are short and strong with round paws. The tail is thick and of medium length.
||The British Shorthair is bred in over one hundred colour and coat pattern combinations. The coat is short, dense and should not show any tendency to softness or fluffiness. The British Shorthair are bred in the following coat and colour combinations, some with multiple colours within each category: Self Coloured British Shorthair, Tabby British Shorthair, Mackerel Tabby, Spotted, Tortie Tabby British Shorthair, Tortoiseshell British Shorthair, Tortoiseshell & White British Shorthair, Bi-Colour British Shorthair, Smoke British Shorthair, Tipped British Shorthair and Colourpointed British Shorthair.
||British Shorthairs usually live into their early teens but it has been known for them to live much longer.
The British Shorthair is a sturdy healthy breed and suffers from no specific health problems. They are capable of living into their teens but an annual health check from about the age of eight is advisable. This may include teeth cleaning and a blood test for liver and kidney function.