The British Shorthair is thought to date as far back as the first Century AD. This feline breed was imported from Egypt, brought over by the Romans when they invaded Great Britain, making it one of the most ancient breeds. Characteristics of the shorthair have changed very little from it's original ancestors.
This breed was originally a protector of the barn as it was a magnificent hunter of rats and mice, but in modern day prefers much more to curl up by the fire and spend it's time relaxing indoors.
The British Shorthair is known for being dignified while easy going, loyal, and good with children - making it a great family pet. With a short, but plush coat of beautiful fur that begs to be stroked, they're happy to welcome the attention.
Often referred to as the Winston Churchill of cats, this breed is suspected to have been the inspiration behind the Cheshire Cat of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Now doesn't that just make you smile?