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10/03/2011 20:58:17 PM by KapitN   Send Message to KapitN  9388  views, category: Pet secrets for humans view all blogs


The British Shorthair may be the most iconic cat in popular culture. These chubby critters have appeared in all manner of films, shows, books, and websites. The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland was inspired by a British Shorthair, and so were the original Puss in Boots and the zombie cat Church from Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”. Recently, the breed has gained new fame thanks to Happycat, the mascot of a Russian cat food company who became a world sensation with the caption “I Can Haz Cheezburger”. The British Shorthair is the original lolcat, the face of internet culture (for better or worse).


The British Shorthair’s apparent interest in cheeseburgers isn’t too far from reality. These cats are very stout of build, with short legs and substantial bulk. They are best suited to being indoor cats, as they do not have the speed or grace of most breeds. Many members of the breed are even prone to obesity. However, British Shorthairs are renowned for their intelligent minds and good-natured personalities. The reason so many of these cats have appeared in Hollywood is due to their easy-going nature. Unlike many cats, British Shorthairs can actually put up with being taught tricks. 


Originally known as the British Blue, the default color of the British Shorthair is a bluish grey. They are a very old breed, one of the most venerable in Europe; their ancestry dates back to the cats of Ancient Rome, who were brought to England and eventually bred into the wild cat population. Despite their popularity, British Shorthairs are rare in the United States. However, the entire world has been connected to their charms, even if associated by the worst of internet misspelling.


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