The British Shorthair is known for their kind, placid and affectionate nature. They love being involved in everything that goes on in their environment. They mature quite late which means they retain their kitten-like playfulness even as adult cats. They are also known to be very easy going, laid back characters that generally get on well with everyone which includes dogs and other animals.
With this said, British Shorthairs are not overly energetic and will happily lounge around the home if they can. They are not known to be very talkative cats, but once they form a strong bond with a family, this remains unbreakable throughout their lives and they are quick to let an owner know when it’s mealtime. They love exploring the great outdoors, but only if they live in a safe place. When kept as a pet in town, they adapt very well to being kept as indoor pets providing they are given lots of attention and plenty of things to play with.
Because they are prone to put on weight very easily, keeping a close eye on a cat’s waistline is all-important, especially if a British Shorthair is not allowed outside. They are very intelligent cats and need enough stimulation to prevent them from becoming couch potatoes. Although not a lap cat, the British Shorthair will happily sit on a newspaper when an owner is trying to read it or they like to lounge on a keyboard when people are trying to work on a laptop which is another endearing trait about the breed.