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British Longhair Cats

A pale british longhait cat with amber eyes A profile view of a british longhair with a mane of hair Two british longhait kittens sitting next to one another A british longhair cat with a smokey grey coat A fluffy british longhair with tabby markings A little fluffball british longhair kitten


The British Longhair has a parallel history to the British Shorthair, from which it was developed. You can read more of that history here.

The modern British Longhair resembles the Persians and Angoras that were so popular in the early 20th century. It was only given championship status recognition by The International Cat Association in May 2009, while the Shorthair had been recognized in 1979.


The British Longhair has the same temperament as the British Shorthair.


Comes in many different colors and patterns including: Smoke, Tabby, Tipped, Longhair and Tortie.

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Place of Origin: UK
  • Rough date of Origin: 1800s
  • Hair length: Longhair
  • Activity Level: Medium
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Relaxed
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Weight: 4.0 - 8.0kg
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
  • Social Needs:

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