January 27, 2016 PetGuide
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British Longhair

  • Height: 12-14 inches
  • Weight: 9-18 lb
  • Lifespan: 15-17 years
  • Physique: Medium build, stocky
  • Best Suited For: Any cat loving family, individuals who work a lot, families with kids and other pets
  • Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, independent, laid-back
  • Comparable Breeds: British Shorthair, Persian

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The British Longhair is essentially the British Shorthair with longer fur, but it is considered a newer breed.

Between 1914 and 1918, cat lovers started crossing British Shorthair cats with Persians, thereby creating the British Longhair breed, showcasing all of the unique coat features of a Persian and the temperament of a British Shorthair.

The British Longhair is essentially the British Shorthair with longer fur.

These cats are also quite tolerant, adaptable, and friendly, though they tend to be a bit less active as adults when compared to other breeds. Because they are less active, it is important to encourage playtime and exercise, while also monitoring how much you feed these kitties, as they are prone to becoming overweight.

What makes these cats perfect for any feline loving household – particularly those households in which the owners have to spend a lot of time away from home while working – is the fact that they won’t be loud in order to get your attention, and they are content amusing themselves to avoid becoming bored.

Despite having a somewhat independent nature, however, these cats do enjoy being petted and cuddled, and they need the company of people and other cats or pets. Therefore, you do have to be certain you can make time for them.

The British Longhair’s unique features make it a lovely cat to look at. It is a medium-sized breed that has a short, muscular back and a wide chest. These cats also have solid round feet, along with legs that are straight and short, and a thick tail that can be medium or short in length.

Another feature of this breed is the round head and full cheeks, as well as the wide skull and thick, short, muscular neck. The ears on these cats are small and short, with a broad base. And the eyes are large and round, coming in different colors, including blue, green, deep gold, and copper, depending upon the coat color and pattern.

british-longhair-1Like the British Shorthair, the British Longhair comes in a variety of colors and patterns. While blue is the most popular color, other patterns and colors include black, white, cream, tabby, calico, bi-color, and tortoiseshell.

To keep a British Longhair looking great, you need to brush your cat at least weekly using a bristle brush, but you don’t really need to worry about actually bathing your cat, as he will take care of that on his own.

Increase the frequency of your brushing during seasons when your pet sheds more than usual. The brushing will prevent tangles and matting, while keeping the skin and fur in the healthiest condition. Plus, brushing will help prevent hairballs and will assist in curbing excess shedding.

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Comparable Breeds

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British Shorthair

  • Height: 12-14 inches
  • Weight: 7-17 lb
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Physique: Sturdy, big bodied cats
  • Best Suited For: Families and singles with or without children and pets
  • Temperament: Calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate
  • Comparable Breeds: British Longhair, Ragamuffin
Go to Persian


  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 7-12 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-18 years
  • Physique: Stocky build, long hair
  • Best Suited For: Owners who can groom the cat often. Apartment/Condo living. Seniors.
  • Temperament: Shy and placid in nature. Affectionate and easy going. Great lap cats
  • Comparable Breeds: Scottish Fold, Abyssinian