Origin: Great Britain
Coat Length: Long
Body Type: Semi-cobby
Appearance: The British Longhair shares most of its visual traits with its Shorthair cousins, with the main difference being the length of the coat. They have the same sturdy body build, with slightly cobby legs, short tail and round head. The ears are small, with wide gap between them. The Longhair has round eyes, short neck, and a short, straight nose. Coat colours and patterns: various colours, including black, blue, red, cream, white, chocolate, lilac, tortie, and even the rarely seen fawn and cinnamon; patterns include tabby, bi-colour, smoke, tortoise-shell, smoke, tipped, and colour-pointed.
Grooming Requirement: Once a day.
Activity Level: Low.
Affection: Moderately affectionate.
Time Alone: 8 hours a day.
Attention: Very affectionate, but remains independent and does not like to be picked up.
Temperament: The British Longhair is a laid-back and relaxed breed, however, they are fairly independent. They are not a demanding breed, and can enjoy their own company. They are tolerant but become irritated when annoyed or picked up.
Interesting Facts: This breed originated after WWII; to battle the dwindling population of British Shorthairs, breeders mixed them with longhair cats, imported from overseas.
Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Although they are fairly independent, British Longhairs enjoy the company of other laid-back cats. However, sharing a household with another dog might be a problem due to the active nature of dogs. The cat is tolerant to kids as well, as long as they are not picked up. British Longhair kittens are active and playful, but adults cannot be bothered to chase a toy – or another animal.
Common Health Problems: Besides higher risk of obesity, there are no known major health problems with this breed.
Lifespan: This is a long lived breed, up to 15 years.