The British Shorthair cat is said to have arrived in Great Britain through the Romans. When the latter invaded in 43 C.E., they brought their cats to the new territory. It has been said that such felines were Egyptian domestic cats. The British Shorthair emerged from interbreeding with the local wildcats.
Despite being an old cat breed, this feline was only recognised as a distinct breed in 1870. Selective breeding of the best specimens also began during the 1800s, with the blue-grey type being the desired variant. With its status as a pedigree breed, the British Shorthair gradually became popular. In fact, the Cheshire Cat in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Puss in Boots” were said to be based on this breed.
At the turn of the 20th century, the long-haired varieties started outrunning the short-haired ones in popularity. When British Shorthair breeders ceased developing this feline during the 2 World Wars, this feline nearly died out. Thankfully, a number of cat fanciers were able to preserve what’s left of the breed. They crossbred the British Short hair with Persians, Burmese, and Russian Blues to ensure its survival. The breed did survive and later regained its popularity, ranking at the top of the list of most registered cats in the UK.