Breeding Norwegian Forest in Scotland

The British Shorthair breed

This breed probably evolved from house cats introduced into Britain about 2000 years ago by the Romans. Shorthairs appeared at the first cat shows at the end of the nineteenth century and then lost out to the Persian and "Angora" cats.

BSH golden-shaded-black

In the 1930s a resurgance of the breed began and selecive breeding produced cats of good type. British Shorthairs suffered a set back during the Second World War, and in the post war years very few pedigree stud males remained, and the breed suffered after outcrosses were made with shorthairs of foreign type. In the 1950s serious work was done to restore the breed to its present exacting standard. The typical British Shorthair has a sweet gentle nature and makes an undemanding, quiet voiced pet, calm, intelligent and very suited to life in a small flat. Although it has a short coat, it is dense and requires regular grooming. In the early days solid colours were preferred, the most sought after being the British Blue. Now almost all colours are accepted and mackerel, classic and spotted patterns.

My cats are Silver Shaded Black, a genetically black variety, the colour being restricted to the tips of the hair by the dominant inhibitor gene. The undercoat is so pale it appears to be white, while the skin encircling the eyes and nose, and the paw pads remain black. The general appearance is of a sparkling white cat with emerald eyes, lightly rolled in soot.

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