Wrong Weight for British Shorthairs

by Laurentiu Paulet
(Bucharest, Romania)

Two British SH males

Two British SH males

Hi....I just read your article about cat weight comparison and I found that you consider the British SH's to be heavy/big at a weight about 5.8 kilos. This is quite inaccurate.

British SH's are much much larger. I saw BSH males about 10 kilos and heard about 13 kilos ones. On average a BSH male must be 7 to 9 kilos.

I have two BSH males at home myself. The little one is a 9 months kitten and he is 5 kilos already and he will thicken until 4 or 5 years of age.

The big one is 5 kilos also, but he is still very young (1 year 7 months). He is very large and long but slim at the moment - he even doesn't look like a British.

Their father is a 9-10 kilos blue tomcat as you can see in the photo above. He is on the right side sitting next to another British male - a silver one - which grow smaller than the blue ones. You can see a difference in size.

Thank you for your time.


Hi Laurentiu... thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge. It is very welcome.

The weights on the page you describe are averages of all British Shorthair cats and not just males.

I realise that this is a tricky thing but as the title to the page refers to "breeds" it has to include females and males.

However, I think I can improve the page by listing males and female weights and will do so over time.

I moved your post to the page about cat breed size by the way, please note.

Thanks once again for visiting.

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Feb 24, 2010 I'm confused
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Laurentiu. You have some beautiful big cats, but your comment made me wonder about what size a typical British Shorthair is, because the ones I have seen at cat shows here in Denmark were of much moremoderate size.
I checked the home page of our local club for Brit breeders, and they say you can expect a female to weigh about 4-6 kg and a male about 5-7 kg.
I then checked Wikipedia and it lists females at 5-7 and males at 5-10 kg. So all in all it's a very confusing - unless of course we have regional differences and preferences?
But I'm still impressed by the size of your cats - that's really what I think those Brits should look like. 🙂

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