7 reasons why you really shouldn’t get a British Shorthair Cat

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Can’t help but fall in love with those chubby, fluffy faces? Well, we’re here to tell you that getting a British Shorthair is the worst thing you could do! Here’s why…

By Justine Seraphin

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British Shorthair cats are one of the most popular breeds of cat in the world. But if you’re thinking of getting, you should do a lot of research beforehand, as you would before getting any kind of pet! Here are a few key facts about these cuties!

Are British Shorthair cats intelligent?

Yes, British Shorthair cats are very intelligent cats! But they are slightly lazy, so you might not get as many quick results with them as you might with other breeds. 

How long do British Shorthair Cats live for?

This is very variable, but on average, a British Shorthair cat lives 8 – 12 years give or take.

Do British Shorthair cats meow a lot?

British Shorthairs are actually well-known for being quiet cats who aren’t very talkative. This can be a plus if you live in an apartment building, or just prefer silence in general! 

Learn more about British Shorthairs

All in all, there’s a reason British Shorthair cats are so popular…if you haven’t yet, check out the gallery above to find out why! 

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    1. They’re not popular

    It’s not like they’re the number one purebred cat in the UK. And they definitely didn’t inspire the Cheshire Cat character in Alice in Wonderland, or play Church’s part in the 1989 version of Pet Sematary. Who would want such a little-known animal?

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    2. They’re not adorable

    Their big eyes, round faces, velvety paws…not cute, not cute at all!

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    3. They’re not very nice

    Even though the Cat Fancier’s Association describes them as “very affectionate”, “attached to their people”, and “getting along well with all human members of the household”, we’re not buying it.  

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    4. They don’t come in enough colours

    Blue, grey and white, tabby, cream, calico, blue-spotted, black and white, pure white…there’s just not enough choice!

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    5. They don’t look like cute little teddies

    If they did look like little teddy bears, then we might think they’re endearing. But actually, they’re just fluffy, a bit chunky, and really sweet…oh, hang on a second…

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    6. They don’t have a fascinating history

    It’s not like they’re one of the oldest breeds in the world, with their ancestors dating back all the way to Ancient Rome.

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    7. They’re not laid back

    Again, with the CFA describing them as “calm” and “easygoing”. Sounds a little too perfect to be true right? Ok fine! We give up! They ARE perfect. 

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