|The British Shorthair
"We would do well to look to the gutters for our education," wrote Moncrif in his History of cats in 1727.
The nineteenth-century cat lover and painter Harrison Weir must have agreed with him, as he hand
picked cats from the gutters of Great Britain to breed and show, thereby raising the common or garden
alley cat to the rank of "British Shorthair". This terribly colonialist appellation was used at the time to
refer to a variety of continental household cats, and was the cause of much confusion, until specific
breeding programmes defined the precise standards for the British and European Shorthairs, according
to morphological differences.
Nowadays the British Shorthair still has a slightly rugged look which betrays its common origins. It is a
medium to large sized cat, with a sturdy muscular body, broad shoulders, short robust legs, and a deep
rounded chest. The tail is thick at the base, and should be as long as two-thirds of the body. The head
must not be too short, and is round, like the muzzle. The eyes are also round, and are orange, gold or
copper-coloured: in case of the silver-coated cats, the eyes should be green, and white cats can be
The eyes are set quite wide apart, accentuating the width of the nose, and there is a very slight stop
between the nose and the well-defined forehead. The very thick, short hair covering the forehead gives
it a rounded look. The ears are quite wide at the base, and quite small., with rounded tips. It's short,
plush fur makes this cat look round and fluffy - most inviting to touch! With it's sweetly innocent, picture
book face, it looks like a cuddly toy come to life.
|Grand Champion Delphinium Centurion
British Blue (BSH a)
Sire: Gr Ch Positively Zambezi
Dam: Positively Delphinium
Blood Group Ab (VGL Tested 01/12)
PKD Negative (VGL Tested 12/11)
Born on 26.6.11
This gorgeous bouncing blue boy arrived from good friend Jolanta and the Delphinium
Cattery in 2011. He is a perfect British boy with sturdy legs and a proper Tonka toy stance
which British cats should have, he also has the most laid bad personality, which for an entire
big boy is a total joy. Bubba loves nothing more than head bops and hugs.
Bubba supports both my Selkirk Rex breeding program. Thank you so much Jolanta.
British Brown Spotted Tabby (BSH n 24)
Sire: UK OG, IGRCH Delpinium Sweet William
Dam: CH Delphinium Skylark
Born on 16.04.2019
This is another gorgeous boy arrived from good friend Jolanta and the Delphinium
Cattery. I spotted him at only a few weeks old and thought what a lovely lad he was,
he's growing in to the usual softy that Jolanta's cats are and the stature of his famous
award winning sire.
Thank you so much Jolanta.
British Blue BSH a
Born 11th July 2019
Sire: GRCH Delphinium Centurion
Dam: CH Bluepawz My Fair Lady
Little Captain is staying on for a while whilst we
evaluate his suitability to go to Australia as a
show/breeding boy. He is a lovely chunky boy
and very friendly.
He has his Dad's bone structure and his Mothers
gorgeous round amber eyes.
British Blue (BSH a)
Sire: CH Pridykats Danny Ocean
Dam: Delphinium Darcey Bussell
Born on 17th May 2019
We are thrilled to welcome our new blue boy, to be known as 'Huggy'.
Huggy is a gorgeous boy of traditional British Blue Stature and type from Joy
Crowther and definitely a boy for her to be proud off. He has all the old lines in his
pedigree, including the show stopping prefrix's of Miletree, Positively,
Witchwoods, Colinswood & Loraston. We will looking forward to introducing to
home bred blue girls in 2021.
Thank you so much Joy.