The British Shorthair is a very popular breed of cat with many wonderful characteristics. They make wonderful rewarding pets.

The British Shorthair is a medium to large breed, they are a chunky and stocky. The males are typically much larger than the females.

They should have a rounded face with full chubby cheeks, and a flat broad nose. The head along with ears should appear rounded.

There are many colours and patterns available and recognised by the GCCF such as: Black, Blue, White, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon and Fawn, these come in self (solid colour) tabby (solid colour with prominent stripes) spotted (distinct spotty pattern) coloupointed (coloured face, ears tail and feet on a creamy white background), colourpoint and white, tipped (colour is restricted to the ends of the hairs, the undercoat appears white.) bi& tri colour (part coloured and part white)More info on the colours I specialise in can be found on the Colourpoint and White page.

 The eyes are possibly my favourite feature of this breed, they should be large, round and wide set. Colour varies dependant on coat pattern and colour. Traditional self colours such as Blues should have eye colour ranging from golden copper to deep amber. This eye colour is also found on Tabbies, Bi colours, smokes and white. Colourpoints and Bi colourpoints have Blue eyes (this tends not to be a particularly deep blue unlike some of the more exotic breeds) Green eyes are typical on Black tipped and shaded patterns and also Silver tabbies.

 The coat should be short hence the name British shorthair although you may now see some longhaired variants.

The tail should be thick not fluffy and should have a rounded blunt end.

British shorthairs have fantastic laid back temperaments, they enjoy being petted and therefore make wonderful pets. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a loving pet.

British Shorthairs are known to suffer from PKD - Polycystic Kidney Disease. There are now DNA tests available for this and we here at Alfiecatz/Alfiebritz have tested all our cats and can say all our cats are negative so we are breeding only PKD negative kittens.

For more info on PKD please read  http://www.fabcats.org/breeders/infosheets/pkd/pkd_scheme.php

I have chosen to specialise in Bi colours and Tri colours as these are my real love.

Bi colours are produced by a gene called the white spotting gene. This gene slows down the progression of colour development along the kittens spine when in the womb. This is why the colour usually appears mianly on the back and doesnt reach down to the chest and the legs, some will have splodges of colour on the white. This is why all bi colours have vastly varied patterns and each one is unique and different. Tortie and white cats are different from the normal tortie as the white spotting gene also causes the colours to clump together in patches rather than mingled together as seen on a standard tortie coat.

Mating two Bi colours together can produce Van pattern cats. These are cats that just have colour on the top of the head and ears and also the tail.

I also have a colourpoint and colourpoint and white program more can be found on the dedicated Colourpoint and White page.