Recently, the British cat breed has become quite popular. It has become quite widespread, both in Russia and throughout the world. This breed of shorthaired cats was founded in the 19th century in Great Britain. It came from the mating of the Persian breed with local cats. The appearance of British kittens is quite memorable, although they can be confused with representatives of other breeds. However, the characteristic features inherent only in the British, they have.
As you already understood, the British cat breed belongs to the shorthair group. Solid colors, tabby, as well as mackerel (spotted tabby) and tortoiseshell are recognized in the British breed. In 1980, in order to get the marks, the British were crossed with Siamese cats.
The British breed has a round massive head. The skull is wide and the cheeks are rounded. The eyes are round, large and wide-set. The ears are also wide-set, small and rounded at the tips. The British usually reach medium to large sizes, their body is dense, squat. They have muscular and rather massive shoulders, back and wide chest. The tail of kittens and adult cats of this breed is thick and rounded at the tip, the length of the tail is average. The coat is short and thick, dense.
The British are surprisingly calm, restrained and poised. It is possible that it is for these qualities that some of the representatives of this breed were honored to serve in the library of the Queen of Great Britain herself. These lucky ones have their own uniforms, collars with bells. They do not kill mice ("thanks" to the bells), but drive them out.
There is another characteristic feature of British cats and kittens. Sometimes short-haired straights are given out for the British. These breeds are generally similar, but unscrupulous cat owners do not take into account one peculiarity of the British: their nose at the end is directly bent (bent), like a duck. Neither Straights nor Cartesian cats have this trait. The presence of a pinch on the face will tell you that there is a chartreuse in front of you. Representatives of all these breeds, in principle, can be passed off as British, but a sophisticated cat lover can easily distinguish a British kitten from any other.