The British Longhair is a rare breed of cat. Although it is not known very well, it is one of the world’s best looking domestic cats. Some people would say that it looks better than the far more famous Persian. It looks very similar to a traditional or doll face Persian.
It has a history that really goes back to the First World War in Britain (UK) when the British Shorthair was mated or “crossed’ with long haired Persian cats. From then on the British Shorthair carried genes from the Persian cat that could produce long hair in the British Shorthair. More cross breeding was done later on after the Second World War II. This time the British Shorthair was mated with Russian Blues and the Persian again.
A gene is a very small particle that is inside the cells of an animal that controls how the animal looks and behaves when born. The long haired gene is called “recessive”, which means that it does not usually have an effect on the length of the fur, but sometimes it does and when it does a British Longhair cat is born.
It might be fair to say that the history of the British Longhair is as long as the history of the British Shorthair. If that is the case, it goes back almost 2,000 years when the Romans invaded Britain and brought with them domestic cats from Rome in Southern Europe. At that time it was a working and companion cat. The British Shorthair is one of the most ancient of all the cat breeds and one of the first breeds to be accepted by people who started to breed cats in a big way for the first time in the late 1800s in England.
How the British Longhair Looks
The picture on this page shows a cat with a blue coat. “Blue” is blue/grey and grey is a dilute black. However, this cat breed can be seen in many different coat colors and patterns. This cat has strong muscles. It is a sturdy cat. The face is quite short and wide with a solid look that comes from the chubby cheeks and stocky body. It is said that the coat is thick and warm because of living in the cold British climate for almost two thousand years.
You can see that Robyn in the picture has a ruff. This is longer fur around the neck. This is something that people like to see on this cat. Robyn is a beautiful example of this cat breed.
As the British Longhair has the same personality as the British Shorthair, I will briefly describe that cat. The British Longhair is a quiet, independent but friendly cat. Generally speaking it is not a lap cat. They tend to have quiet voices. This cat is suitable for indoor living as long has the temperature is not too warm because of the very dense semi-longhaired coat. They can be a bit inactive at home. The cat’s food should be thought out carefully to stop the cat putting on weight.