British Longhair - BLH
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The British Longhair is different from a British Shorthair only in coat length. The cat must be immediately recognized as a British without any hint of other Longhair breeds.
Top of head
The head is rounded, massive and broad. Cheeks are full and pronounced.
Muzzle and chin
The large round whisker pads lend a distinct outline to the short and full muzzle. Firm chin.
The profile is curved (without any stop), with a slightly rounded forehead. The straight nose is short and broad, of even width.
Large and rounded, set wide apart. Eye colour corresponds with coat colour, and should be intense and brilliant.
Medium to relatively small in size, broad at the base, with rounded tips. They are set wide apart, the outer edge slightly further behind.
Size and boning
Medium to large sized cat, muscular and semi-cobby, but not square. Strong heavy boning.
Short rectangular format. Chest and back are broad and massive, flanks deep, shoulders and hips of the same width.
Short and strong.
Legs and paws
Legs are medium to short, muscular; paws thick and round.
The tail is medium long and thick with a rounded tip and can reach to the shoulder blade.
The coat is moderately long and smooth. A ruff and “knickerbockers” are desirable. The tail shall be bushy, well furnished and full to emphasize the cat’s beauty.
Very dense, with thick undercoat. It shall stand away from the body. Rather coarse and crisp, with elastic guard hairs, but softer than that of British Shorthair. Ideal coat texture us usually seen in blue/black/lilac/white/cream; other colours might very slightly differ in texture but should not lose the plush quality. Allowances may be made for the seasonal changes in coat density, length and texture.
Ideally, every hair should be uniform in colour down to the roots, except in tabby, smoke, silver and golden varieties: the cats with more uniformity are strongly preferred. Shadow tabby markings in phaeomelanistic solid color, smoke, shaded, shaded golden, bi-color, or calico kittens are not a fault.
See General part
Special breed faults
Outer eye corners clearly higher than inner corners.
Allowances may be made for: Seasonal changes in coat density, length and texture. Slightly softer texture in colors other than blue.