History Of The British Blue
History Of The British Blue


The British Blue Shorthair evolved during the late 19th century from breeding programmes using the very best street cats. It made an early appearance at shows, but the lack of studs during WW2, and outcrosses to other breeds after the end of the war, caused the type to deteriorate. The introduction of Blue longhairs into breeding lines resulted in some improvement, although the fur tended to be too long. It was not until the 1950's that very selective breeding was, finally, able to restore the original Blue Shorthair type


A sharp-witted and particularly affectionate cat, the British Blue Shorthair makes an excellent companion and confident that some owners report has a hankering for the quiet life.


The colour is considered by some associations to be a true variety of the British Blue, but others judge it by the same standard. It is thought to have been developed in France during the middle ages by the monks belonging to the monastery of La Grande Chartreuse (famous for its green liqueur), using cats imported from North Africa. It is given its own class in Nth America, where a sturdier cat that the British Blue is called for, with a higher proportion of grey in the coat, and a face that is less rounded. In Great Britain, selected breeding has brought the colour so close in type to the Blue Shorthair that no distinction is made between the two.