British Shorthair - BRI
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The British Shorthair are powerful cats; wide and firm in body. Their round face has a sweet, open expression.
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 (see table below), 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.
Very dense, with thick undercoat. Rather coarse and crisp, with elastic guard hairs It stands away from the body like plush due to the sufficient undercoat. The texture is not woolly. 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.
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. For colour varieties refer to the table below. 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.
Outcross with other breeds