British Longhair

Other name: Highland Straight

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Life expectancy

The British Longhair has a life expectancy of between 14 and 18 years


Adult size

Female Approximately 11 in
Male Approximately 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 9 lb
Male Between 11 and 18 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The British Longhair costs between £600 and £900

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More details about the British Longhair

British Longhair: Origins and history

Their history is of course linked to that of the British Shorthair. The latter has been popular in England since 1871, when they won their first show. But unfortunately, they were almost completely wiped out during the Second World War. In an attempt to keep the breed alive, the few survivors were crossed with non-pedigree domestic cats. However, cats from these pairings were more slender than their bulky ancestors.

To create rounder, more stocky descendants, new crosses were made, only this time with Persians, thus introducing the long-haired gene. Although the British Longhair was long overshadowed by their short-haired cousins, they are now appreciated for their rarity as much as for their silky appearance.

British Longhair: Purchase price

The average price of a British Longhair kitten is between £600 and £900. This cost varies according to the lineage, breeding, age and sex. For your monthly budget, you should allow on average £35 per month to adequately meet their needs.

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