Long Live the…..British Longhair!

When you hear a cat lover talk about “the Brit” you see in your mind’s eye a plush-coated, shorthair cat in a wide variety of colors. Okay, guess what? There’s also a LONGHAIR Brit!
The British Longhair has the same characteristics of the British Shorthair but its dense coat stands out from the body emphasizing the cat’s imposing lines. In most colors, large, round eyes ranging from deep gold through copper are set into the smiling face. In pointed cats the eyes are blue while deep green eyes shine in the silvers. The classic Blue remains the most popular color however the breed comes in a rainbow of colors. Their round heads have short noses, chubby cheeks and prominent, rounded whisker pads creating an enigmatic smiling look to the face. The British Longhair’s round eyes are wide open and, combined with the smile, give the cat an amused air.
“British Longhairs are friendly and affectionate, making loyal and devoted companions,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “If you’re on the sofa, they’ll be snuggled up beside you. But don’t’ think they’re just lap cats! They have a little bit of the clown in them too, playing with toys when they feel like it.”
The British Longhair’s wonderful disposition makes them great family pets. One of the oldest breeds of English cats, the British Longhair was once a hunter and protector of the barns. Today it embraces family life, preferring to snooze in comfort by the fire and to exchange hunting for playing with toy mice. It is a dignified, affectionate cat, sometimes referred to as the Winston Churchill of the cat world, roaming its household dominion with all four feet on the floor.
TICA recognized the British Longhair earlier this year as an approved breed that can compete for championship titles.