All the bits and pieces about Australia’s cutest kittens
With their adorable natures, soft plush coats and rounded bodies, our British Shorthairs can be mistaken for living teddy bears
The British Shorthair’s roots go back to Rome
Their round face and sweet enigmatic expression served to inspire the grin for Lewis Carroll’s and Disney’s Cheshire Cat
Puss in Boots looks just like a shorthair with his chubby cheeks and alluring green eyes – with none of the villainous personality or Spanish accent
As a breed, Shorthairs almost became extinct
The Somerset British Shorthair
As the pedigree version of the traditional British domestic cat, their distinctively stocky body, dense coat and broad face make a very popular pet. Their signature loyal nature and calm temperament is also balanced with their cheeky character. A very pretty cat, their round faces and sweet expression served as the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland’s Chesire Cat – and its infamous grin.
The history of the British Shorthair
As one of the oldest breeds, the SBS British Shorthairs have a long history, with their origins dating back to the first century CE.
Isolated to the United Kingdom, they developed into distinctively large, sturdy cats with a short and thick coat to withstand the cold conditions.
Selective breeding began in the 1800s, with a focus on the British Blues temperament and the blue-grey variant. But after WWII, the Shorthair population suffered a massive decline, severely diminishing the genepool. With post-war restrictions and the popularity of other cats, it became a real risk the breed would be lost. With the introduction of Turkish Angoras and Persians into the bloodlines, Longhairs occasionally are a result of this.
With a recent focus on breeding Shorthairs for their loyal, cheeky and loving traits, they have reached breed status, giving way to new colours with Black, Chocolate, Cream and Lilac – a variant on the chocolate.
The temperament of the British Shorthair
Shorthairs are an easygoing, sweet-natured – and frequently cocky – breed.
Sweetly tolerating low-key affection, they are loving companions. While they’re not always a lap kitty, their devoted personalities means they love to stay near their humans.
Shorthairs require minimal grooming and enjoy being kept as indoor cats. They can easily entertain themselves, and are designed by nature for complex environments.
By cat standards, with their intelligent, biddable traits, Shorthairs are quick learners and easy to train
British Shorthair stats
|Medium to Large
|30 mins daily
|Loyal, loving, calm
dogs, other cats,
cream, beige, tan
chocolate, brown, sable
Calico / tri-color
easy to train
easy to groom
friendly toward humans
friendly toward other pets
friendly toward strangers
tolerates being alone
good for first-time pet owners
strong loyalty tendencies
About our kittens
Our kittens are born in and raised in our loving family home. They are allowed to run freely, living amongst pets and farm animals as a stimulating, natural environment for a fun and varied life.
In a specialist purpose-built nursery area, our young kittens are raised separately until they are weaned, enjoying a healthy diet of kitten biscuits and fresh, raw meats.
We are able to monitor and care for our queens and their kittens 24/7. Our climate controlled nursery allows for the care and comfort of our Queens and newborns.
Our new kittens have early interaction with their humans, and once they’re weaned from their Mums after 3 weeks, graduate to our kitten rooms. This area is designed for our playful kittens to enjoy the freedom to
roam and play.
They get to enjoy soft lush grass, warm sunshine, cool shade, playtime fun with our family and interactive toys during the day. At night, they cozy up together, dreaming of their very own furever homes.
Before your furbaby comes home to you, our kittens are vet checked on a regular basis. By eight weeks, they have all been microchipped, wormed regularly and received their vaccinations. During their vet checks they are examined for:
• eyes and ears checked
• teeth and mouth checked
• heart and abdomen checked
• limbs and joints
You will be adopting your fur-child from a show-winning, diligent and caring breeder who goes above and beyond raising stunning British Shorthairs.
To err is human. To purr is feline
We love British Shorthairs for their loving, loyal gentle nature and delightful personalities - and know you will too
Why adopt from SBS Cats?
We ethically breed to improve the breed, focusing on producing quality kittens rather than a quantity of cats.
Our kittens are pedigree and you are buying from a breeder that shows. When you adopt a kitten from a breeder that shows and displays their cats for judging, the results are great quality kittens meeting high breeding standards
No sheds for our kittens and cats. We breed our cats ethically, healthily and lovingly in our family home around children, other pets and farm animals - aiding in the development and maintenance of their sweet personalities. We are devoted to serving them a healthy diet with a diverse life full of fun
I honestly feel I have hit the jackpot in discovering SBS cats and couldn’t recommend
Marcellus enough as the most passionate and conscientious breeder I know. Thank you
Marcellus for providing me and my family with the most treasured King Solomon
We can’t recommend SBS more!! Marc kept us up to date with photos and videos from
the day Alphie was born to the day he reached his forever home with us. It’s so rare you
meet a breeder who is as attentive and involved in the upbringing of his cats than Marc
is. The fact that he raises each cat as if it were his own, shows when you finally meet