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British Endangered Species: British Shorthair Once an endangered cat

Animal

British Shorthair is a very popular cat breed with a gray coat that gives an elegant impression. It is a cat that is said to be native to England. It is a short-haired breed and is said to have spread cats throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom. British shoot hair was established as a breed in the 19th century, after cat shows became popular. However, this cat is actually known as an endangered cat.

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Place of origin

As the name British suggests, this cat is of British origin.

History

British Shorthair is one of the oldest cat breeds in the UK. The origin of British Shorthair is a short-haired cat that was lost from Egypt when the Romans invaded Great Britain in the olden days. The Romans then withdrew from England, but the cat settled in England. British Shorthair, which has come to exterminate harmful animals such as mice, will be useful to humans and will be loved by humans as a grain keeper. In the 19th century, the interest in purebreds increased, and the number of breeders who select and mate British Shorthair coat color, body shape, and pedigree is increasing. It was during this period that individual characteristics began to be established. And at the beginning of the 20th century, it became explosively popular, and British Shorthair of various colors began to appear in cat shows. Due to food shortages during World War I and World War II, the cat was in danger of extinction. However, after that, mating with Persia was also carried out, and it was brought to the United States in the 1970s and became a popular cat.

Characteristic

British Shorthair is a medium to large semi-coby type cat with well-developed muscles. Due to its solid and rounded body shape, it is a very sturdy looking cat. However, it weighs 3.5-6.5 kg, which is the same as the average cat. The coat color is characterized by a bluish gray called British blue. The coat is fluffy and soft like a stuffed animal. British Shorthair has round eyes and a large round face. The round eyes are separated and the nose is short. British Shorthair has a slightly sleepy face, which may be the secret to its popularity. The character of British Shorthair is said to be quiet and imposing. The amount of exercise is not so much, and it is said that it is suitable for families with children and for raising elderly people.

Endangered species

British Shorthair is one of the most famous cats nowadays, but it is actually a cat that has been endangered twice. Around the beginning of World War I, the world’s food crisis broke out and the cat’s population dropped sharply. Since it was on the verge of extinction after the war, crossbreeding with Persia was promoted in order to secure a stable number of cats. This gave birth to British Shorthair, which looked exactly like a Persian cat. The British cat pedigree registry GCCF was uncomfortable with this mating and has set a rule that British Shorthair produced by crossbreeding is not officially recognized.

British Shorthair was once again endangered by World War II. The reason is also due to the food crisis, and the population has dropped sharply again. Breeders increased their numbers by crossbreeding with Russian Blue, Chartreux, Burmese and others. Because of this background, many British Shorthair have a face similar to other cat breeds. It is also a cat breed that has become a model for the Cheshire Cat that appears in Alice in Wonderland.

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