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Bengal cat
Recognized by the CFA, FIFe, TICA, WCF, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC, GCCF, NZCF

Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans

Bengala

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History

The Bengal cat is a recent breed of cat that, despite its name, has nothing to do with the Bengal tiger. In 1963, Jean Sugden Mill, an American breeder, managed to cross a Leopard cat (or Felis Prionailurus Bengalensis, a Southeast Asian feline with the appearance of a leopard but the dimensions of a cat) with a domestic cat, who gave birth to two kittens, one of which was a female named Kin Kin. Against all odds, this female was not sterile and was able to interbreed with her father, giving birth to a litter of kittens, some of which were black, while others had a spotted brown fur.

It was this first crossing, in 1963, the one that marked the true beginning of Bengal cat, by developing a breeding program to create a new breed in its own right. In fact, if there were already in the past crossing experiments between a domestic cat and Leopard cat, following the example of those already documented in 1889 in the book Our Cats and Everything About Them of Harrison Weir, an English artist with a passion for cats, they did not intend to create a new breed of domestic cat.

For personal reasons, Jean Sugden Mill could not continue with this experiment, and nowadays none Bengal descend from this line. When he wanted to resume this project a decade later, the Endangered Species Ordinance had made it illegal to import the Leopard cat, so I could no longer acquire this animal to resume these crosses. But, in 1971, the Dr. Willard Centerwall, director of the genetics laboratory at Loma Linda University (California), had started a hybridization program between the domestic cat and the Leopard cat for scientific purposes, with the aim of testing the resistance of these hybrids to the virus of the feline leukosis, a disease that does not affect Asian leopards.

Bengal cat
Here’s our crazy little kitten at 5 months – Sean McGrath from Saint John, NB, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of the year 70, Jean Sugden Mill acquired 8 first generation hybrids Dr. Centerwall and a Mau imported directly from India called Millwood Tory de Delhi. A long and difficult selection process began, during which other well-established breeds were used, as the Burmese cat, the Siamese cat, the American shorthair cat, the Abyssinian cat and the Egyptian Mau, to convert to Bengal cat in what is today: a domestic cat with the wild appearance of Felis Bengalensis, from which he inherited his name.

But, There is another theory that attributes the name of “Bengal” to William Engler, zoo keeper and active member of the Long Island Ocelot Club. Interested in these hybrids since the early years 70, it is said that he was the first to speak of Bengal, and the term comes from his own name: Bill Engler.

Jean Sugden Mill presented his Bengalis in various feline exhibitions in 1985, and the success was immediate. In 1986, the TICA (International Cat Association) officially recognized this new breed. The GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) British followed him in 1997, then the FiFe (International Feline Federation) did the same in 1999, while the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) American waited until 2018 to do the same.

The Bengal cat had a quick success, especially in France. The first specimen was imported in 1989, and the breed was recognized that same year by the Association Nationale des Cercles Félins de France (ANCFF). Many breeders were quickly interested, to the point that today the breeding of Bengals is flourishing in France (and internationally recognized), with more than 1000 active creators, that is to say, that have registered at least one litter in the last two years.

Since 2016, in the framework of meteoric growth, the Bengal cat it has even placed itself on the podium of the most popular cat breeds in France, with more than 3.000 kittens registered every year in the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines), versus just over a hundred at the beginning of the years 2000.

This great popularity of Bengal it is rather a French specificity. In the United Kingdom, for example, where it suffered a legal restriction until 2007, it is rather between the 15th and the 20th position in the ranking of the most popular breeds, with an average of 300 specimens registered annually with the GCCF, that is to say, some 10 times less than in France.

In United States, the Bengali entered the Top 20 of America's most popular cat breeds when the CFA finally recognized it in 2018, despite its late recognition and the fact that it is prohibited in some places, like New York City or the State of Hawaii.

Physical characteristics

The Bengal cat it is a domestic cat that has retained the general appearance of a wild leopard. It is a fairly large cat with a long, muscular body, hind legs slightly larger than forelegs and a thick tail with a rounded tip, all of which gives it a classy look. As such, belongs to the long and powerful morphological type.

Bengal cat
Bengal cat – Flickrgailhampshire

The head is wide, with small rounded ears and large round or oval eyes that express curiosity and intelligence.

The fur is short, dense and silky to the touch. Emblematic of the breed, the fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the Leopard cat, with random rosettes or horizontal scrolls. In both cases, these marks are bicolor and well marked.

Different standards accept many colors, the most common being brown-black, including all gold variations, bronze, copper and mahogany. But, there are also many specimens with an ivory or creamy white color, as well as some rarer ones with a beautiful silver gray.

Size and weight

  • Size: Of 30 – 35 cm.
  • Male weight: 4,5 – 7 kg
  • female weight: 3,5 – 5,5 kg

  • Varieties "Bengal cat"

    There are two varieties of Bengal: the stained and marbled.

    In the first, rosettes must be large, clear, bicoloured, different and randomly arranged throughout the body.

    The latter has elongated horizontal marks in the form of scrolls that are reminiscent of the veins of marble., bicolor and different.

    There are also specimens with long or semi-long hair, sometimes called Bengal Kashmir. For the moment, only the TICA has recognized this cat as an experimental breed.

    Character and skills

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans, whose company constantly seeks. In fact, he is never far from where his master is, To make sure you don't miss anything that happens!!

    He is also very sociable with other cats and dogs, provided they are also used to cats. But, they may still have some wild reactions, especially towards small domestic rodents, those who can be mistaken for prey and chase.

    It is a very active and curious cat, who spends his time playing, chasing, fucking, exploring… before coming to rest near his master. He especially likes cat trees, that allow you to jump from one platform to another and settle in a high place to observe your environment from the highest. This energy expenditure is not unique to puppies: the Bengali is hyperactive and playful even as an adult, and is not the ideal companion for an older person who wants a quiet animal. Having said that, can be perfectly adapted to life in a flat, as long as you receive the necessary care… and that your family is not offended by the possible mischief you may cause.

    Lively, explorers and playful, they can also be occasionally destructive. This is especially true in the case of females., which tend to be more excessive than males, both in their games and in their displays of affection. To minimize this risk, it is advisable to ensure that the Bengali get all the care you need: if you are left alone too often without occupation throughout the day, it is likely that he will find a way to remind his master of his existence, and this will not necessarily be in a pleasant way for this one…

    The Bengal cat it is also a very intelligent breed, able to adapt and learn quickly. So, if a light turns on by itself at night or if a door that had been left closed is found to be open, there is no reason to believe that it is the work of a ghost: your partner has simply learned to press the switch or turn the handle. This makes him a good candidate for teaching your cat tricks and training.. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a Bengali who has learned to use the toilet or to take things to the owner. But, do not lose sight that it is still a cat, with his independent and stubborn character: although this may give results, training (for example with clicker, which is very suitable) requires a lot of patience.

    It also, it is a breed of cat that loves water. This characteristic has been inherited from its ancestor the Leopard cat, who is an excellent fisherman. Some individuals do not hesitate to follow their master even under the shower!! It is logical that aquarium enthusiasts know that the inhabitants of an open aquarium are likely to end up in the clutches of this experienced hunter.…

    Last, the Bengali It, in general, a pretty talkative cat, with a wide range of sounds, ranging from chirping to a low, hoarse noise reminiscent of certain big cats.

    Care "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
    Or is it a tiger? – ReflectedSerendipity from United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The BengalIt is an easy-care breed of cats, since it is only necessary to brush the cat's fur to remove dead hair and distribute the oil from the skin once a month. It also, it is seldom necessary to bathe your cat.

    As in the case of all cats, regular check-ups of teeth, the ears and eyes will help avoid the risk of infection.

    Last, its claws may be clipped from time to time, when necessary.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The athletic Bengalis need a lot of exercise to feel comfortable. It is best to offer them a large house with a garden where they can roam.. If you decide to keep them inside, it should also provide them with enough space and opportunities to play and climb.

    These freedom-loving animals don't feel comfortable in small city flats. A sturdy cat tree or climbing track should fit the floor.

    The "Bengal cat" have great jumping ability and no lift is out of reach. Definitely, you should take this into account before bringing a Bengal cat to your house. Especially when they get bored, big cats tend to wreck the floor. In general, it is advisable to maintain a Bengal like a free animal and provide you with enough to do indoors. With outdoor cats, can you be prepared for these cats, otherwise so loving, go for a walk for two days in a row.

    How much activity does he need? "Bengal cat"?

    Due to their offspring from wild cats, the Bengal cats belong to the very active cat breeds. They are persistent climbers and need a lot of exercise. The best place for them to vent is the scratching post., during hunting games or, ideally, in the open air.

    Regular hunting games with a rod, hunting mice or balls along with your human are also a great activity. Mental stimulation with smart toys or learning little tricks is essential so that cats do not get bored.

    If you are often away from home, cats need company. They get along better with other cats. It is one of the few breeds of cats that loves water so it will easily be entertained by a leaky faucet.

    Health and nutrition

    The Bengali has a fairly robust health, having inherited from Leopard cat remarkable longevity for a domestic cat.

    But, have a predisposition to certain diseases:

  • The Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (MCH), a disease that makes it difficult for the heart to circulate blood;
  • The Chronic anemia, a genetic disease that can be detected by any decent Bengal breeder by a simple test;
  • The Progressive Retinal Atrophy (ARP), another genetic disease that can also be detected by a simple test, allowing carriers to be excluded from breeding;
  • The cataract, an opaque film on the cornea of ​​the eye that can cause blindness in the most severe cases.
  • It also, being quite large and very active, are prone to Hip Dysplasia.

    Last, it is important to know that, unlike his ancestor the Leopard cat, the Bengal not immune to feline leukosis.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 16 years

    Food

    The Bengal fits perfectly in commercial cat food, both croquettes and canned wet food. But, it is important to make sure your Bengal cat eat a quality food that contains all the essential nutrients necessary for their development.

    There should always be enough food and fresh water. But, no risk of obesity in cats; on the one hand, because they are quite active, and on the other, because they are able to regulate their own weight.

    For sale "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    If you want to have a Bengal cat, you should know that this breed is one of the most expensive. For a healthy kitten you will pay between 1000 and 2000 EUR in a serious breeder. The price mainly depends on the type of leopard coat.

    The Bengal cats with pedigree and physical characteristics that make them suitable for breeding are priced between 2000 and 3000 EUR.

    Breeders also differentiate between the three categories of companion animals, breeding and exhibition. as creator, usually only kittens showing small deviations from breeding targets are obtained. In the purchase contract you have to agree not to use the cat for breeding.

    Criticism of breeding “Bengalis”

    Critics of breeding "Bengal cat" they believe that it is irresponsible to cross a wild animal with a domestic cat just to obtain a certain coat pattern. According to animal rights advocates, the first mating is even a torture brood, since complications often arise at birth. Many of these wild cat hybrids continue to display the character traits of a wild animal.. So, before acquiring a cat of this type, you must be very sure that, even though you have inherited the activity from your ancestors, will be able to lead a life appropriate to his species.

    Characteristics "Bengal cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Bengal cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Kurilian Bobtail
    Recognized by FIFe, TICA, WCF

    Its affinity with water, which undoubtedly results from the nature of its natural habitat, it is a very special character trait, that distinguishes it from many other cat breeds.
    Bobtail de las Islas Kuriles
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    History

    The Kurilian Bobtail is a breed of Russia. This Bobtail has not undergone genetic modification caused or calculated. No one has tried to change, is the nature which created the race. He lives on the Kuril Islands, in extreme climatic conditions of temperature and humidity.

    These islands are located at the East end of Russia, in the northern Pacific Ocean and extends to more than 1200 km from the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the border of North Japan. It's a chain of volcanoes – hence the name – Kuril. All islands there are 40 active volcanoes. On the one hand, the Islands are bathed by the sea of Okhotsk, on the other side by the Pacific Ocean.

    These short-tailed cats have been known to be found on the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands for at least two hundred years., Although they were discovered only at the end of the 20th century.

    In the Centre of Russia, the Kurilian Bobtail began to appear only in the middle of the last century. The military and geologists, who returned from long trips to the islands, they brought with them the special short-tailed cat. But not too taken into account, Since even did not exist any feline Federation in Russia at that time. In the years 80 Some fans, who already had these amazing cats, they turned their attention to the race.

    Was in the year 1991, when the Soviet Federation accepted the first norm of the Kurilian Bobtail. In 1995, This Bobtail was accepted by WCF. In 2004, they were allowed to participate in the Championships of FIFe.

    We can say that currently the cat Kurilian Bobtail It is one of the youngest breeds and has the sympathy of many cat fans in Russia. But even today, This bred animals are very rare.

    Kurilian Bobtail
    Kurilian Bobtail kitten with its mom – TRUE KURILIANS, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The history of the emergence of this breed is purely hypothetical.
    It is possible that they participated in its creation on Siberian cat and the Longhair Japanese Bobtail, who lived for some time on the islands with their Japanese masters.

    But in all likelihood, the mutation of the tail of the cats that inhabit the Kuril Islands was carried out in parallel to the observed in cats of the Japanese islands due to the influence of the mutation and similar climatic conditions. But, to date no one has studied the exact origins of this mutation.

    Even now, It is not uncommon to see cats with low and irregular tail in the islands of Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. In some Southeast Asian countries, It is virtually impossible to find the animal without the tail malformations. In this way, it is possible to assume that all mutations associated with the change in tail structure have a common cause.

    Although the Kurilian Bobtail It, probably, his distant cousin Japanese Bobtail, the difference in the second race is impressive. There is a common characteristic in the two races, the short tail. Other parts of the body differ significantly and surprisingly.

    Physical characteristics

    Kurilian Bobtail
    Kurilian Bobtail Cat Snow – Pixabay

    The Kurilian Bobtail has a compact body, strong and muscular, with slightly raised croup and curved topline. The legs are strong and solid, the average length, the hind legs are longer than the Forelegs .. The feet are round and wide, lined with tufts of hair between the toes.

    Some records divide Kurilian Bobtail in separate breeds of short hair and long hair.

    • They have a large head and trapezoid, with contours rounded in broad cheekbones.
    • The nose is wide, straight, average length, with a light stop.
    • Chin broadband with a slightly rounded profile.
    • Medium-sized ears, well assorted and often adorned with a crest of hair.
    • His eyes are slightly inclined, highly placed, rounded or shaped nut.
    • The queue is full of hair. Tail deformity is not an abnormality associated with healthy cats.
    • The coat can be short and semi-long. The mantle is dense, very fine and silky.
    • In the semilargo hair group, This is considerably longer at the bottom of the body, the stomach and legs.
      Virtually all colors are permitted, except the Siamese pattern, agouti specific to Abyssinia, chocolate, cinnamon, beige, Lilac and all their combinations with white.

    The harsh climate of the Kuril Islands has endowed the Kurilian Bobtail thicker skin, adapting to the wildlife style – does not fall, almost no mess. On the Islands, the climate is very humid and the skin of the animals has acquired an extraordinary property, It gets no wet.

    The Kurilian Bobtail they are big enough. In general, Males weigh in 5 to 7 kg, but it is not extkgño to see larger individuals, reaching a weight of 9 kg. The females are naturally less powerful, and weigh 3,5-5 kg.

    Character and skills

    In the Kuril Islands the Bobtail they usually live at home, but there is also absolutely wild cats, the Kuril Islands are sparsely populated.

    To the Kurilian Bobtail he likes to hunt everything that is in the forest.
    On the streets of the villages of the Kuril Islands, it is not uncommon to see these cats run after dogs they are not afraid of. But, This proximity explains, in part, by how many cats (native cats, imported directly from the Islands) they have scars and torn ears.

    Kurilian_Bobtail
    Kurilian Bobtail – Arabescka – Heikkisiltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    This is a faithful animal, sociable, with the agility and developed intelligence. It adapts well to family life with children, with whom they will share endless games. They also adapt well to other animals and dogs.

    At the same time, they are independent, and they are only suitable for those that can respect her strong personality and her need for independence. It also, the Kurilian Bobtail he will show all his affection to a single person, a teacher who chooses his own Bobtail, relations with the rest of the family members can be complicated.

    With the power and the length of its hind legs, the Kurilian Bobtail can easily jump great heights. In a House, a tree would be a great necessity for this cat.

    Another characteristic of the breed is the attraction to water.. Fresh under a faucet or picking up the drops of the same. It is the duty sacred of all the representatives of this glorious race.

    The long struggle of this race due to the severe conditions of the Kuril Islands has been beneficial for the development of their intelligence. This is a very intelligent and thoughtful cat.

    Only once will do need to show what can be done or not. They receive the voice and intonation, it is not difficult to teach them to understand the commands, They even obey them according to personal mood. It can be adapted to all lifestyles, domesticated sport and turn. It is not afraid of cold or heat. Its balanced nature makes it a very quiet cat.

    Health

    The Kurilian Bobtail comes from a very harsh climate and is extremely resistant to all temperature variations. Although they spend most of their time outside and not at home, they are very resistant to the outside environment and almost never get sick.

    Their life expectancy is about 15 years. As in the case of any breed of cat, one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep a healthy Kurilian Bobtail is to ensure that you maintain an ideal weight throughout your life.

    It is not known that this Bobtail are prone to genetic diseases. But, as the breed is rare, there is little data to draw conclusions on this point.

    Life expectancy

    15 years

    Grooming

    Kurilian Bobtail
    Kurilian Bobtail female, black smoke – Frida Nyberg, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The naturally silky and waterproof coat of the Kurilian Bobtail does not get tangled.

    A weekly brushing of the cat's coat is enough to take care of it, whether it belongs to the short-haired or long-haired variety. It also, when necessary, you should not hesitate to bathe your cat, since without a doubt he will appreciate this moment. But, your cat's bath should be an exception (a couple of times a year), as repeated use of cat shampoos can damage the cat's skin and coat.

    The Kurilian Bobtail does not require much attention, but the cat's teeth should be brushed regularly with a special toothpaste for cats (ask the vet if in doubt) and the cat should be taken to the vet whenever the cat's teeth need to be cleaned. It is also important to monitor the condition of the cat's nails, that can be trimmed to prevent damage to the house.

    As with all cat breeds, if you accustom your cat to this care from a young age, you will be more likely to accept them later.

    Characteristics "Kurilian Bobtail"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Kurilian Bobtail" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Alternative names: Kuril Islands Bobtail / Kurilean Bobtail / Kuril Bobtail / Curilsk Bobtail

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    Shorthair japanese bobtail
    Recognized by the TICA

    Most official bodies consider that the Shorthair japanese bobtail It is a variety of Japanese Bobtail, but the TICA (International Cat Association) consider it to be a breed in its own right.

    Bobtail japonés de pelo corto

    Physical characteristics

    The Japanese Bobtail looks similar to a domestic cat, but with a very shortened tail.

    Its coat is short and, mostly, bicolor (white-red or white-black); the tricolor variety, less common, is especially popular. Are size medium, but very light. Even the males, that do not weigh much more than females, reach a maximum of just 3 kg.

  • Body: The body is medium in size, elongated, slim and elegant, but muscular.
  • The legs: they are long and thin, oval legs.
  • The tail: must be bent and / or curved and be shorter than 8 cm.. The fur on the tail is longer than the rest of the body (pompom effect).
  • Head: The head is no longer than it is wide and is shaped like an equilateral triangle with smooth contours.
  • The profile: is slightly curved. The muzzle is deviated and slightly rounded.
  • The chin and lower jaw: they are strong.
  • Ears: The ears are large and erect. They are far apart, the tips are slightly rounded.
  • Eyes: The eyes are large, almond-shaped. They are placed slightly obliquely. The color of the eyes corresponds to the color of the coat.
  • Fur: The coat is short and smooth. Has a silky texture and hardly any undercoat.
  • Color variations: The colors chocolate and cinnamon, as well as its dilution (lilac and fawn) are available in all combinations. (Bicolor, Tricolor, Striped) they are not recognized. A pattern with dots is also not recognized. Everyone else
    All other colors and designs are accepted. Any amount of white is allowed.

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    British Shorthair cat
    Federations: CFA, FIFe, TICA, TICA, TICA, AACE, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC

    The original base of the British Shorthair cat was extracted from the robust common cats of Great Britain, when competitions and breeding became popular in the late 19th century. It was the most popular race of the first contests of British cats.
    Británico de pelo corto
    Photo: Wilkipedia

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    Characteristics "British Shorthair cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "British Shorthair cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    History

    The British Shorthair cat it is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. The Romans brought their cats to the British Isles, where they spread and adapted to the harsh climate. In 1871, the first breeders exhibited their cats at the Crystal Palace in London under the name of British Shorthair.

    What, Unfortunately, the breeding stock was very small after the world wars, breeders crossed to persian cats with domestic cats not registered. This not only increased the variety of the breed, it also reinforced their friendly character.

    Due to the crossing with the Long-haired persians, today there are also some cats of this breed with long hair. Breeders used to give away long-haired cats, while today they sell them under the name of “British longhair cat” (BLH). The British Shorthair cat (BKH) It is presented in more than 300 recognized color varieties, the best known being the silver tabby and the blue fur color. This particular breed is also known as British bleu cat.

    Popularity of "British Shorthair cat"

    From the years 70, the breed began a successful internationalization: It was recognized by the Fédération Féline Internationale (FIFé) in 1977, by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1979, and for the American Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1980.

    In fact, the British Shorthair cat is currently one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. It's no wonder it's even the preferred breed in Britain, where, With almost 7.000 kittens registered per year, represents almost a quarter of the feline population, and more than double that of its direct competitor. Nor in the United States can its success be denied, since the CFA figures show that it is on the podium of the most popular cats in the United States. It is also one of the most popular cat breeds in France., and its population does not stop growing in the country: according to the statistics of Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), kitten records doubled in the second decade of the 21st century, reaching now about 2.500 copies per year.

    British shorthair
    Female British Shorthair cat. Feronia. 20 months old. 4,5 gr. – George E. Corona, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics

    The British Shorthair cat it is a medium to large size cat, of solid constitution and very round. The body is broad and muscular, and the legs are short and powerful. The tail is wide at the base and should have a rounded tip.

    The head is easily recognizable: it is solid and round, with a short nose, rounded cheeks and large round eyes that can be yellow, copper, blue or green. But it is above all to his whiskers and rounded snout that he owes his famous and enigmatic smile that gives the impression that he is always amused by what he sees.

    Short, dense and without undercoat, their fur is more often blue (and it is also the most sought after color in feline exhibitions), but the British Shorthair cat can have a coat of different colors (white, cream, black, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon…) and with various patterns (bicolor, striped, tortie…).

    The sexual dimorphism is moderately marked, the female being smaller than the male.

    Size and weight:

  • Male size: 32 – 36 cm.
  • female size: 30 – 34 cm.
  • Male weight: 4 – 8 kg
  • female weight: 3 – 6 kg

  • British shorthair cat
    British shorthair cat

    Varieties of "British Shorthair cat"

    There is a long-haired version of the British Shorthair, which is the result of crosses with Persians made at the beginning of the 20th century. But, is not considered by most international feline organizations (FIFé, TICA…) as a simple variety, but as a race in itself: the British longhair cat.

    Apart from the length of the coat, there is no difference between British Shorthair and the British Longhair.

    Character and skills

    "British Shorthair cat"

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    A British Shorthair cat, grey in color, sits in a bookshelf, looking up and to the left from the camera. – George E. Corona, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The British Shorthair cat he is a calm and powerful cat who forms strong bonds with his entire family, without favoring any person. Patient and tolerant, they are ideal for children who have learned to behave with a cat. On the other hand, does not like emotions and prefers to stay away from overly active games or unruly children. So, not the ideal companion for a family with young children; it is better if they are already a certain age.

    They are rather reserved with strangers, but they quickly become affectionate once they meet and welcome close friends who visit often. Having said that, your affection is not overwhelming: not one of those who demand constant attention, neither from his family nor from visits. After a few pats, find a comfortable place in the immediate vicinity and are able to support themselves.

    Extremely sociable with other animals, he gets along very well with his companions and with dogs accustomed to cats. His past as a guardian cat was left behind, as it now easily coexists with rodents, birds and reptiles.

    Although he is very affectionate, he does not usually like to sit on his master's lap, instead he prefers to snuggle up next to him. in addition, once adult, does not appreciate being picked up and prefers to stay on the ground on all four legs.

    Independent and hassle-free spending time with himself, does relatively well to be left alone for a reasonable period of time. You don't suffer from separation anxiety when your family is at work, and can be left home alone for a long weekend without worry, provided their food and water needs are met. In general, easily adapts to different situations.

    Last, it is not a very noisy cat, but when he speaks, her soft voice contrasts with her teddy bear physique. His purr, on the other hand, it is powerful and strong, similar to the sound of a small motor.

    Care and grooming of the "British Shorthair cat"

    The British Shorthair cat it is a low maintenance feline breed: a weekly brushing is enough to remove dead hair and ensure a healthy, shiny coat. During the moulting season, in spring and autumn, brushing should be more frequent.

    Brushing sessions are the perfect opportunity to check your teeth, eyes and ears for signs of infection.

    They should also give the opportunity to look at their nails, that can be trimmed with nail clippers if they are too long. Obviously, this is more prevalent if you don't have a scratching post available.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The British Shorthair cat It is a breed of indoor cats, and can do without access to the outside. But, if they are allowed to go outside, their owners must ensure that they do not endanger themselves. In fact, calm and confident, may not recognize potentially dangerous situations, not running away when seeing an aggressive dog or staying calmly in the middle of the road despite an approaching car.

    How much activity does he need? "British Shorthair cat"?

    Little active, even if they have their moments of madness, the British Shorthair cat needs to be stimulated from time to time to avoid becoming lazy. Running after a ball, Chasing the point of a laser or catching a toy are activities that help strengthen the bond with its owner while helping to keep it healthy.

    It also, despite his calm and laid-back nature, the British Shorthair cat he is extremely intelligent, able to learn many tricks. They also love the different puzzles for cats, especially when they deliver a reward to enjoy.

    Health and nutrition

    The British Shorthair cat It, in general, a robust cat breed, but may be subject to certain conditions:

    • The polykinetic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that causes numerous cysts in the kidneys: thanks to the work of the breeders and the existence of a DNA test, this disease is now relatively rare;
    • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of heart tissue that causes changes in its function: although the responsible breeding program that has been carried out has greatly reduced the risk, this disease is still a problem;
    • Hemophilia type B, a clotting problem that causes dangerous bleeding: this disease can be detected by DNA tests, and a conscientious British Shorthair breeder identifies both carrier and affected cats to rule them out;
    • Gingivitis, a relatively benign condition but in some cases may require veterinarian intervention.

    It should also be taken into account that the greater risk to the health of the British Shorthair cat It, with much, the obesity. Greedy and quite lazy, often pampered by his family, you are at great risk of watching your muscular body gradually turn to fat, what can be the cause of many diseases. The owner has a real responsibility to allow him to have a sufficient level of activity and thus prevent him from gaining weight, for example, taking the initiative to play with your cat.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Food

    The British Shorthair cat He is a glutton who enjoys both industrial cat food and that consumed by his family. So they stay healthy, your diet should be adapted to your age and activity level.

    Obesity in cats is a real risk in this breed, but it is not inevitable: a cat that plays daily and is not given more rations than recommended by the manufacturer should not gain more weight than necessary. On the other hand, a lazy cat, who is given all the food he wants and is regularly pampered with treats, you are likely to gain weight and endanger your health.

    So, it is better not to rely too much on the cat's self-regulatory ability. To prevent you from eating more than you should, its owner must not leave food in its bowl, and you must make sure that your partner does not have access to the food left by your family.

    If, despite these precautions, the British Shorthair cat begins to overeat, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian to establish a suitable feeding program.

    For sale "British Shorthair cat"

    The average price of a British Shorthair cat is of 1.000 EUR, but the price range is very wide, from 500 up to more than 2.500 EUR.

    These differences are explained by the physical characteristics of the cat (especially its color) and its greater or lesser conformity with the breed standard, as well as for their more or less prestigious ancestry. On the other hand, there is no significant price difference between a male and female cat.

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    British bleu cat
    Federations: FIFE, WCF, TICA, GCCF

    Británico azul

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    History

    The British Shorthair cat (BKH) It is presented in more than 300 recognized color varieties, the best known being the silver tabby and the one with blue fur, the British bleu cat.

    See: British Shorthair cat

    Physical characteristics

    Like we have already said, the best-known color variant of the British Shorthair cat is the British bleu cat, with a solid blue-gray coat, orange eyes and a medium-sized tail.

    Cats with blue fur have beautiful shades in their fur that will make them especially coveted by potential adopters.. Being able to admire a light gray coat with color reflections in the male or, on the other hand, a gray that really gets into the blue notes is quite rare to admire.

    But, not all cats with a particular gray color are classified as British bleu cat. As such, eye color should be gold to copper. If that is not the case, the cat of this breed will be considered simply as a gray cat.

    The combination of a blue fur with the intensity of that look makes British bleu cat be absolutely beautiful. The two colors contrast perfectly, which is why this cat is so successful.

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    Bombay cat
    Recognized by the CFA, cTIC, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC

    Although the Bombay looks like a little panther, does not have the character of a: it is neither wild nor aggressive.

    Bombay cat

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    History

    The Bombay cat it was created in 1958 by Nikki Homer, a breeder of American shorthair cat based in Kentucky, United States. Dreaming of having a cat similar to a black panther, but in miniature and as meek as a lamb, That year he decided to cross specimens from his breeding program with the American Burmese Cat.. His morphology seemed perfectly adapted to his project, since like the panther, this breed has a very apparent musculature.

    A first mating was carried out between a female sand-colored American Burmese Cat and a American shorthair cat black, which was followed by other marriages between representatives of the two races. But, the results were not really satisfactory. The resulting cats looked more like the American shorthair cat black than the little panthers. Nikki Homer decided to neuter them and sell them as pets.

    But, did not give up and tried again a similar breeding in 1965. After two years of selective breeding, he got the black cat he had imagined: a majestic look, coppery eyes and a very shiny ebony black fur. He named it after Bombay, in honor of the Indian city of the same name (now mumbai), where you can see black panthers in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is part of the city.

    Among 1967 and 1972, managed to produce nothing less than 27 litters and allowed the birth of some 100 kittens. But, only kept the kittens from the breeding program of the Bombay who met the criteria that she herself had established; the others were given away as pets.

    Delighted with the result, dedicated himself to gaining recognition for the breed he had created. It took him a few more years to achieve his goal, but his efforts were finally crowned with success: in 1976, the American Cat Fan Association (CFA) became the first feline organization to take the step of recognizing the Bombay.

    After putting so much energy into the cat for almost 20 years, Nikki Homer wanted to move on. Decided to stop raising the Bombay.

    But, other American breeders who fell in love with the little black panther took up the torch. Among them, Suzanne y Herb Zwecker played an especially important role, investing a lot of time and effort in the development and recognition of the breed. They decided to create additional new lines from scratch, instead of just using existing copies.

    But, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the breed had a hard time breaking through. Superstitions about black cats and the reluctance of American Burmese cat breeders, who saw the newcomer as a competitor. But, interest in the black cat became more important when in 1985 Luv It Black, one of the copies presented by Suzanne y Herb Zwecker, was honored by the CFA in the events organized by the organization.

    But, the development of Bombay cat was also hampered by genetic issues. Because breeders are the American shorthair cat, the American Burmese cat or the same Bombay cat, and in the same litter the Bombay and kittens with different coat colors and eyes, more in line with those of the American shorthair cat. These are systematically withdrawn from the breeding program and sold as pets..

    In France, the breed's arrival dates back to 1989. It was in that year when the first pair of specimens was introduced into the country., Opium and Bagheera. A breeding program was created and imported 10 more copies in the next five years.

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    The recognition of "Bombay cat"

    Although the Bombay still pretty weird, is recognized by many organizations, starting with the most important on an international scale.

    Having been created in the United States, no wonder the breed was first recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the country's leading feline institution. This was done in 1976, and neighboring Canadian Cat Association (CCA) followed suit in 1988. Many other national organizations followed suit, like the french Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), the Australian Cat Association (ACF) wave New Zealand Cat Fancy (NZCF).

    The International Cat Association (TICA) awarded him recognition in 1979, making it part of a group that also includes the American Burmese Cat. The World Cat Federation also accepts it.

    On the other hand, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), which brings together organizations from around forty countries -among them Felis Belgica, from Belgium, y the Swiss Feline Federation (FFH), from Switzerland-, does not recognize the Bombay.

    There is also an English version of the breed, which was developed in Britain in the decade of 1980 and that differs substantially from American Bombay. It is recognized since 1994 by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the main feline organization in the country. The GCCF considers it a variety of the Asian race, along with the Asian Smoke Cat, Asian tabby cat, Burmilla and Tiffany. But, does not recognize the Bombay, that can be found all over the world.

    Physical characteristics

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    When crossing the American shorthair cat Black and American Burmese Cat, the creator of Bombay, Nikki Homer, I wanted to create a cat that resembled a “miniature black panther”. It's fair to say the gamble paid off. Y, like is logic, the resulting breed has inherited most of the physical traits of its ancestors.

    The elegant Bombay It is a stocky breed with a medium-sized body and a greater weight than one might think at first glance.. It must be said that it has a fairly strong bone structure, on which also rests an important and very apparent musculature. The chest it is round and wide, the back straight from shoulder to rump. The tail is straight and of medium length, tapering to the tip.

    The legs are proportionate to the body, good muscular, and they last in feet round with black pads.

    The head It is medium and round in size. On the top of the head are the ears well spread and moderately large. They are wide at the base, rounded at the tip, and lean slightly forward giving the dog an alert look.

    It is said that the Bombay cat has the eyes as round as shiny copper coins. In fact, they are big, round and located in the extension of the base of the ears. Its bright color ranges from copper to gold, being the first the most appreciated. They are even more beautiful because they contrast with the totally black fur, and this combination is a distinctive feature of the breed.

    The profile also shows a slight stop, and nose has a slightly rounded tip. The nose is black and is crowned by a snout short, wide and rounded. The chin is well developed, but it is neither prominent nor sunken.

    The Bombay practically does not have undercoat. The upper coat is short, dense but fine, silky and satin, What is another characteristic of the breed?. This is another characteristic of the breed. The fur of this cat should be shiny like patent leather.

    It is also jet black from root to tip., and this cat is the only breed that is consistently black. But, It is not until they are two years old when they acquire their final color: are born with a slightly lighter coat, that gets darker as they grow, until it turns into a deep black.

    There is also a slight sexual dimorphism in this breed. Males and females are very similar in size, but its weight differs more. The male can weigh up to 5 kg, while the female must not exceed 4 kg.

    Last, It is worth mentioning the English version of the Bombay, having some specific physical characteristics. In effect, while his american cousin is cobby type, this one is midline type (a slightly less slim body type). So, has thinner legs, ending in oval feet. Its head is triangular and slightly hollow. It is also distinguished by its almond-shaped eyes., whose color varies from golden yellow to green. But, Apart from these few features, the American Bombay and the English Bombay they are physically quite similar.

    Size and weight

  • Male size: 20 – 25 cm.
  • female size 20 – 25 cm.
  • Male weight: 3 – 5 kg
  • female weight: 3 – 4 kg

  • Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    Character and skills

    Although the Bombay looks like a little panther, does not have the character of a: it is neither wild nor aggressive. On the other hand, He is very sociable and affectionate, and it is an ideal option for those looking for a cat to live in the family, so much that he seeks the company of humans. He is especially attached to the person who cares the most for him, without being a one-man cat: your closeness to a particular person does not prevent you from giving affection to all family members.

    He also likes to be caressed, and this is good: caressing him is really very nice, since her hair has the texture of silk. And since he especially likes warm places, it is not uncommon for him to get under the covers in bed, or snuggle up on the couch with one of your family members.

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    To the Bombay he likes attention and pampering. If you feel neglected, will call out to your family members with gentle vocalizations that don't break the ground. In other words, this cat can be talkative to claim attention, but their meows have the good taste not to be shrill.

    They like to play with children and are patient with them, provided they are treated with respect. With a little boy, there is a real risk that this condition will not be met, so it is better never to leave him alone with a small child, without adult supervision. The safety of both parties is at stake, and this is valid for any breed of cat.

    The Bombay He is a very affectionate cat that needs the attention and love of those around him. He loves to interact with his surroundings and follows his owner everywhere: in the classroom, the bedroom, the kitchen…

    This, coupled with his intelligence and very active temperament, explains that he is an excellent student for anyone who wants to teach their cat tricks such as, for example, to look for an object.

    But, also needs alone time and can be left alone for a few hours at home, This does not mean that you should not provide your cat with games when he is out, to keep you busy and not suffer from anxiety when your owners are away too long. Invest in interactive games, like the puzzles, it's a great way to stimulate your high brainpower, whether you play with them alone or with your family.

    Having him share his home with a small companion is also a sensible way to make the absences of his owners more bearable.. In fact, the Bombay cat cohabits easily with peers or even a dog, as long as you feel loved and receive the care you need. This coexistence is all the better if it is established from the earliest age of the two protagonists. If that is not the case, at least it's better to make sure they get to know each other little by little, so that they get used to each other and each find their place.

    On the other hand, it is less appropriate to make him live with a bird or a small rodent, since the Bombay has a highly developed predatory instinct: he is an excellent hunter. If you must spend some time with that animal, it is better to place it in a cage inaccessible to the cat, or even better, in a room reserved for him. This will avoid unpleasant surprises..

    As for the unknown humans, the Bombay cat seems to be often torn between his spontaneous distrust of them (hence he is not one of those who approach them immediately) and his intrinsic curiosity. As soon as you feel comfortable, the latter is in charge of encouraging him to approach them to smell the new scents and to ask for some caresses from time to time. In any case, it is essential that you have a cat tree at your disposal: it is a place where you feel safe and can take refuge at any time, either to observe your surroundings from your perch or simply to rest in peace.

    Like any cat, the Bombay need rest periods, but he has plenty of energy. Living in a house with a garden that can be accessed at any time through a cat flap is ideal for him.: so he can roam and climb trees all he wants, which helps your head feel as good as your legs.

    It is not surprising, because, that his facet of ferret and / or his hunting instinct lead him to explore other territories or to follow a prey outside his domain: that does not stop him from being happy to return to his cozy nest, where caresses and good food await you.

    As long as he is surrounded by his owners, this cat can be relatively flexible in terms of living environment: as long as it is spacious enough for you to play, run and expend your energy, can adapt very well to a flat life. But, it is important to note that they generally accept being walked on a leash, as long as they get used to them from a young age: for people who live in such a household, This can be a good option for your little feline to discover new horizons and to roam outside.

    Whether you have access to the outside or not, the Bombay you should be able to do your first steps whenever you want, like all his classmates. So, it is essential that you have a scratching post available at all times: this saves you from having to turn to furniture or curtains to satisfy this irrepressible need.

    Last, It is worth mentioning that the English version of the Bombay cat has the same character traits as their American counterparts, inherited largely from their ancestors burmese.

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    Care and Cleaning of the "Bombay cat"

    The Bombay has a dense but short top coat, and its bottom layer is very light. This explains that their coat does not require much maintenance.: you only have to brush it once a week to remove dead hairs and maintain its characteristic shiny appearance. The shedding periods, in spring and autumn, they are not very important, but it is necessary to brush two or three times a week to keep the coat healthy and beautiful.

    It is necessary to check the ears of the Bombay once a week and wash them with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt and limit the risk of infection.

    The weekly maintenance session should also be an opportunity to check the eyes. They are more likely to be dirty if the Bombay is prone to epiphora (excessive tearing). In this case, it is essential to clean the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth to minimize the risk of infection.

    Regular brushing of the teeth of the Bombay it is essential to avoid all kinds of health problems in this area. This is true of any breed, but the risk of improper maintenance is even greater for the Bombay cat, since it is prone to gingivitis. Regular brushing with a special cat toothpaste prevents plaque buildup, which can cause more or less serious diseases when it becomes tartar. Once a week is the minimum, but daily is the ideal.

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    You should get used to checking the length of your claws. Bombay each month. As long as you have access to the outside, natural wear and tear is usually sufficient. If that is not the case, it is necessary to cut them manually: if they get too long, they are likely to break, that bother you or even hurt you. It also, there should be a scratching post available at all times so that you can satisfy your irresistible need to scratch, instead of having to resort to furniture…

    coat care, the ears, the eyes, the teeth and claws of the Bombay does not require any special skills. But, instead of doing it only the first time, the expertise of a veterinarian or cat groomer may be helpful. Learning the correct gestures from a professional, the probability of not only being ineffective is greatly reduced, but also and above all to act clumsily and thus injure or even traumatize your pet.

    It also, It is essential that your pet is used to these grooming sessions from his first months: the sooner they become part of your routine, more easily accept them throughout your life. Like this, he and his owner are in the best position to make them spend special moments together, and the opportunity to caress and hug. Being very affectionate and close to its owner, appreciates being groomed even more.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The Bombay cat it is an excellent indoor cat. In any case, prefers to be with his humans and does not have a great desire for freedom. In a big and cozy apartment for cats, with a scratching post, a litter tray and a feeding area, nothing stands in the way of a happy life together.

    You must avoid unrestricted access to the outside, since this open minded and curious cat is not afraid of anything. Unfortunately, this also includes cars and receivers. Ideally, let the black cat run in a safe garden or on a balcony.

    Some representatives of the breed can even be taught to walk on a leash like a dog. With a little practice, these smart and loving cats will do as well as a dog. But, this depends on the individual character, as well as the conditions of the area of “paseo”. You should not walk your cat where there are many dogs or other dangers.

    How much activity does he need? "Bombay cat"?

    How many members of the breed are indoor cats, need a certain amount of activity. This mini panther appreciates emotions and loves to play with children or other cats. Both classic cat toys and learning tricks are fun for these cats.

    With a challenging intelligence toy, the Bombay they are also very busy. The most important thing is that you offer your cat variety. He is a human-oriented cat and should not be left alone too often either.. Should be pampered regularly.

    Health and nutrition

    Both the American and British lines enjoy, in general, Of good health.

    It also, this little cat can live in all climates, except in the coldest. But, must be well protected from cold and drafts at low temperatures, since its scarce undercoat means that it is not ideally equipped for winter weather.

    On the other hand, the Bombay have a tendency to be overweight and even obese. This is even more true if you don't have access to the outdoors., since then you have fewer opportunities to exercise. It is not a matter to be taken lightly, since being overweight can cause illnesses or worsen existing ones.

    In any case, to adopt a Bombay in the best conditions, it is essential to contact a breeder worthy of the name. In effect, a serious professional cares about genetic testing of proposed breeders (in particular, for the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and the facial cleft syndrome media), in order to rule out those who could give birth to unhealthy kittens. It is also concerned with offering kittens an ideal environment for their physical and mental balance., and strives to develop their sociability from the first weeks. This is absolutely crucial for the rest of their lives.. In any case, at the time of adoption, the breeder must be able to provide a certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian, as well as the health card (or vaccination) in which the vaccines the cat has received are recorded.

    To keep your cat healthy throughout its life, it is important that you take him to the vet for a complete check-up at regular intervals, although everything seems to be fine. These reviews give the professional the opportunity to detect as soon as possible any possible problem other than (yet) visible, allowing you to treat it in optimal conditions. It is also an opportunity to carry out any necessary booster shots.. These visits must be scheduled at least once a year, and even more as the animal ages.

    At the same time, the owner is also tasked with protecting his little feline against parasites throughout the year, remembering to renew your deworming treatments each time it is time to do so. It is important to remember that even a cat that lives in an apartment can contract parasites and must be dewormed..

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    Life expectancy

    12 to 18 years

    Food

    Like any other cat, the Bombay you need a diet adapted to your nutritional needs, both in terms of quality and quantity. So, should be chosen with your age in mind, your state of health and your level of physical activity.

    It is advisable to monitor the amounts of food that are given, because unlike many of his peers, the Bombay does not know how to regulate itself. Greedy and a little gluttonous, have a true propensity for obesity. So, it is not possible to leave food in self-service, at the risk of gorging. That is why, the best solution is to offer two meals a day, given at fixed times and rigorously weighed.

    Bombay cat
    Bombay cat

    It is perfectly possible to give him industrial food, as long as they are of good quality and carefully chosen to suit your needs. On the other hand, you have to be very careful with human food, although do not hesitate to ask, for example, during their owners' meals. Not only is there little chance that the nutritional intake provided corresponds exactly to your needs, rather, some foods appreciated and regularly consumed by humans are toxic to cats. This also explains why it is best to avoid giving him the table scraps or letting him rummage through the trash..

    Last, the fact that you tend to gain weight easily makes it essential to monitor your weight every month. If the weight gain is confirmed or even increased during several consecutive weighings, it is necessary to visit the vet. In effect, only a healthcare professional can diagnose the cause of the problem (improper diet, disease, side effect of a medication, etc.) and, Therefore, determine how to remedy it.

    To finish, like any cat, the Bombay you should have fresh water available at all times so you can drink as soon as you feel the need.

    For sale "Bombay cat"

    Before purchasing a Bombay cat, you need to make sure you have enough time for the people-facing cat. The first obstacle to overcome is the lack of breeders in Europe. It is best to do research on the internet and contact a private breeder. But, beware of fake offers and take a good look at the breeder. Observe the kitten's parents and siblings, as well as the accommodation conditions. For a healthy kitten, vaccinated and dewormed, will pay about 750 EUR.

    Characteristics "Bombay cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Bombay cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Brazilian Shorthair cat
    Federations: WCF

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat still very unknown today, even in your country of origin. Nowhere has he acquired much notoriety, which is most easily explained by the fact that the breed is still new and in full development.
    Brazilian Shorthair
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    History

    As the name suggests, the Brazilian Shorthair cat He is originally from Brazil..
    The history of this breed is relatively recent, since it is assumed that their ancestors are the cats brought to South America -and in particular to Brazil- by the Portuguese colonizers in the early 16th century. In fact, they carried domestic cats on their boats to hunt pests like rats and mice. With the time, some of them ended up breeding with the local cat population already present in Brazil.

    These cats arrived by boat and were domesticated. But once in Brazil, they turned into feral cats. In fact, how they were left in place for some, and escaped for others, they returned to nature. This situation lasted for centuries, more specifically until the decade of 1980.

    The recognition of Brazilian Shorthair cat

    Paulo Samuel Ruschi – creator, president of the Confederacao de Felinos Do Brasil (CFB) afiliada a la World Cat Federation (WCF) and the first cat club in Rio de Janeiro – emigrated to the United States, and was the first to carry out a study comparing the genetics and the different morphological aspects of cats commonly observed in the main cities of Brazil with those of other large cities in the world.. The result was very clear, since it verified that the population of Brazilian cats was quite homogeneous in terms of their appearance, and that it differed significantly from the alley cats of other big cities of the world.

    From these general data, Paulo Samuel Ruschi decided to launch, already in 1985, a broader study program aimed at collecting information on Brazilian stray cats in order to develop a national breed. He organized with three other breeders to observe as many cats as possible in three different cities.: Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Caera.

    The four of them walked the streets of these three cities and wrote down the morphological characteristics -shape of the body, head, legs, snout, nose, eyes, tail and fur- of all possible cats. They found that, despite the distance between the cities, their appearance was very similar.

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    Brazilian Shorthair Cat – J.Jazz, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Based on these similarities, they drew up a standard for what they called the brazilian short hair: medium-sized, strong and muscular body, head characteristically small and longer than wide, big eyes, round and expressive, and a short, tight coat. Next, selected no less than 40 cats from the three cities to start a breeding program.

    The Brazilian Shorthair was recognized as a breed in its own right by the BFC in 1994. That same year, an application for recognition was submitted to the World Feline Federation (WCF). The president of the WCF, Annelise Ackmann, traveled to Brazil to observe the cats and meet the WCF members who founded the breed. Shortly after his return to Germany, where the WCF headquarters is located, the standard of Brazilian Shorthair proposed by WCF was examined in detail by the organization. WCF decided to accept cats as Celtic shorthair cat, a breed also known as European shorthair cat. He came to the conclusion that they had many similarities to the European cats from which they were descended..

    Paolo Samuel Ruschi contested this decision and pointed out the differences between the two races. In effect, in the European shorthair cat, the body should be medium to large and well muscled, big head, and not all coat colors are accepted. On the other hand, the Brazilian Shorthair cat has a medium size body, a longer head than it is wide and all coat colors are accepted.

    The fact that he himself was a senior judge in the WCF helped Paulo Samuel Ruschi defend his position before the commission., relying on many documents and photographs. He even brought representatives of the races to support his arguments with examples. He kept pushing for a standard for Brazilian short hair to be recognized and, Therefore, the recognition of the race as such. Their efforts ended up paying off, since the institution did it in 1998.

    But, was the only one. In fact, the other official bodies that were consulted, as the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), el British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), la International Cat Association (TICA) o la Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) se negaron a reconocer la raza. Todos utilizaron más o menos el mismo argumento: como estos ejemplares son el resultado de la reproducción de gatos callejeros, no pueden corresponder de ninguna manera a los criterios necesarios para hablar de una raza felina propiamente dicha.

    In the news, the breeders keep working, always seeking to improve the characteristics of the breed. in your country of origin, the CFB issues a provisional registration for the cats presented to it whose characteristics are close to the standard, and a definitive record for those who are fully compliant.

    Popularity of "Brazilian Shorthair cat"

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat still very unknown today, even in your country of origin. Nowhere has he acquired much notoriety, which is most easily explained by the fact that the breed is still new and in full development. The opposition of the main world official organizations (the International Cat Federation, the International Cat Association, the Cat Hobbyists Association in America, the Governing Council of Cat Fancy in Great Britain…), with the notable exception of the World Cat Federation (WCF), obviously does not help to improve the situation.

    In fact, the number of breeders Brazilian Shorthair cat still very low, and this is so all over the world: there are only a dozen of them, half in Brazil. There is no, for example, none in europe, and only a handful in America. But, the large population of these small felines on the streets of Brazil represents a huge breeding ground for their development. In fact, in Brazil, even individuals can present their cat to the Confederación de Felinos Do Brasil (CFB) for registration, as soon as it meets the criteria of the breed standard.

    Physical characteristics

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    Brazilian shorthair kitten playing hide and seek – Button, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat is a medium-sized cat with a semi-cobby complexion. Its body stocky and muscular has a broad, round chest and ends in a tail that tapers towards its rounded tip. Rises over legs strong and medium in size, that end in feet round.

    The head is relatively small and longer than wide. The head is dominated by ears medium-sized, rounded at the tip and with tufts of hair at the base. The eyes they are big, round and expressive, they are quite far apart and match the color of the coat. The nose is the same width throughout its length. The lower jaw and the chin are strong and slightly prominent. Last, the slightly curved nasal bone at the level of the eyes gives it a rather particular profile.

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat does not have undercoat, but he has thick and silky hair. The standard accepts all coat colors.

    Last, this breed does not present any particular sexual dimorphism: males and females are identical in size.

    Character and skills

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat he is a very cuddly and affectionate cat, that does not tolerate loneliness and requires a lot of attention and tenderness. To keep them happy, their owners must have time to spend with them and not leave them alone for many hours of the day.

    They enjoy interacting with all members of their family and they especially like children, for those who are excellent playmates; the same happens in reverse.

    Being sociable by nature, it is perfectly conceivable that you share your home with another animal. They generally enjoy the company of other cats., especially if they are as active as they. It is also perfectly conceivable that your cat lives with a dog, especially if they live together since they were little. On the other hand, the utmost caution is required with birds or small rodents. It is better to keep them in a safe place, like a cage, since a cat's hunting instinct can be awakened at any time.

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    Brazilian Shorthair cat – Junius, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The Brazilian Shorthair cat not only energetic, but also very agile and curious. But, They can live both in a house with a garden and in an apartment, as long as it is spacious enough and they have the possibility to exercise. If you do not have access to the outside or there are no trees, a suitable cat tree is essential, so you can exercise your agility and have a perch to hide in. Unlike many of his peers, it is also very adaptable. These may include, moving in with your cat is much less of a problem for a Brazilian Shorthair cat than for many other races, as they quickly appropriate their new environment.

    His curiosity and his ability to adapt also give him an unbridled character. This little cat is a good hunter, always eager to discover a new environment, and he likes to watch over his territory, which can be very extensive. Thus, no wonder they sometimes disappear for several days.

    Grooming

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat does not require much maintenance, since it has a short coat and has no undercoat. Brushing once a week is enough to remove dead hair.
    At the same time, you can wipe the corners of their eyes with a damp cloth to make sure they stay clean, and thus reduce the risk of eye diseases in cats.

    You also have to check if the ears are infected and clean them with a damp cloth.

    The weekly maintenance session is also an opportunity to brush the teeth and check that there are no problems in this area. (caries, tartar deposits, etc.). In addition to the risk of bad breath for the cat, lack of dental care can lead to various diseases, some of them very serious (for example, septicemia).

    Last, natural wear and tear is usually enough to file the nails of a Brazilian shorthair that is capable of running outside and scratching trees. However, it is advisable to check every month if this is the case and, otherwise, trim them manually. The same should be done with an individual confined indoors, that you should have a scratching post at your disposal to prevent your claws from growing too fast or from making them on furniture.

    Whether it's ear care, the eyes, your cat's teeth or nails, don't hesitate to ask a vet or groomer for help the first time, to make sure you know how to do it correctly. It also, it is better to accustom your pet to these manipulations from a young age, so that everything goes well later.

    Health

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    Brazilian Shorthair cat – Junius, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat seems to be in fairly robust health. But, as this breed is still new and in the process of development, there is not enough time to accurately identify certain diseases to which you may be predisposed.

    One thing remains true: as in the case of any race, regular veterinary care is the best way to keep your cat in good health. This includes the inevitable health check at the vet.: must be done at least once a year, allows early detection of any disease and guarantees that the cat is up to date with its vaccinations.

    Food

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat it is not a demanding animal, but it is necessary to provide him with a diet of sufficient quality to satisfy his nutritional needs. Both the products chosen and the amount given each day should be adapted to their age and activity level..

    As their physical activity is generally quite high, not especially prone to obesity. But, if they live in a flat, they tend to be less active, so the problem is more likely to arise. This is even more true if he has been neutered, since neutered cats gain weight more easily. So, to keep your cat healthy, you should make sure to weigh it about once a month. If your cat is persistently overweight, or even if it gets worse after several consecutive measurements, You must take charge or risk trapping him in a vicious cycle.: the fatter i am, less will want to move. Then it is necessary to go to the vet to determine the origin of the problem (disease, side effects of a medication, choosing an inappropriate food, daily ration too large, etc.) and remedy it.

    Last, like any cat, the Brazilian Shorthair cat must have water available at all times.

    For sale "Brazilian Shorthair cat"

    The Brazilian Shorthair cat it is one of the rarest cat breeds. So, it's hard to get one, since there are no breeders in Europe.

    The situation is not much better in the United States, where there are very few hatcheries of Brazilian Shorthair cat. They generally offer their kittens for a few 1000 $.

    Even if you are heading to your home country, Brazil, it's hard to find one, again due to the reduced number of hatcheries. The price of a kitten Brazilian Shorthair cat often haunt them 1500 Brazilian real (something more of 200 EUR).

    In the case of an adoption abroad, transport costs and administrative costs are added to the purchase price and, of course, It is necessary to respect the legislation regarding the importation of animals.

    Characteristics "Brazilian Shorthair cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Brazilian Shorthair cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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