Representative of the breed is the British Blue Catsaw almost everyone who has at least one eye and looks advertising on TV. "Face" of "Sheba" food was a graceful gray, with a short plush fur, a cat with large expressive eyes. However, there were times when they were hardly noticed, and periods when the breed blithely crossed with others. In the years of two world wars, animals of this type almost died out, and a long and painstaking work was required to restore the species. So where did this powerful, tiger-like scabbard, like an English bulldog, a cat with a short and thick fur resembling an otter skin of various shades of blue - from light gray to the color of wet asphalt?
The British Blue was bred in England bycrossing of British Shorthair and Persian cats of blue color, which were brought from the province of Khorasan. Breeders worked on the elimination of the "stop," a flat nose, over the length of the coat, as well as over the consolidation of the skeleton and development of the cheeks, to give the Briton a distant resemblance to the English bulldog. In parallel, long before the work on the British Isles, at the monastery of Chartres near Paris, the monks brought out a similar short-haired breed of cats of blue color, whose ancestors they brought from Africa. In the north of Russia (Arkhangelsk) and in Siberia (Tobolsk) "sable" subspecies with a characteristic long reddish tint of fur were known for a long time. True, the Russian handsome men differed from the British and Chartreuse with their fragile physique.
This breed was so popular in France thateven a certain shade of blue there and called - "charret" - in the color of the fur coat. Monks did not need to eliminate the "stop" of the Persians, they just worked to compact the body of the animal. As a result, the charreta came out very similar to a completely different breed - the British blue. Representatives of both species were stocky, with a powerful and large torso (cats weigh 5 kg, males reach 8-10 kg), with broad shoulders and a developed thorax. Their head is round, large, with prominent cheeks, large round amber-yellow or golden eyes. The only difference that is not visible to a specialist is the tail: the chartreuse has a long tail, a pipe, and the British has a shortened, bent tip.
Despite the name of the breed - "Britishblue "- allowed many colors of the animal, not only shades of blue: white, black, red, tabby, tortoiseshell, colorpoints. These "Anglo-Saxons" without any doubt previously mixed with Chartreux, considering French and English cats close relatives. However, in 1982, finally, a new standard was adopted, and two short-haired, similar to each other, the rocks were separated. Chartreux, as before, was given an independent status.
However, the difference between them can only be determined byspecialist. Blue color and short coat are the dominant signs, so it is difficult to distinguish 100% of the British from the half-breed. It is not worth buying such kittens in the bird markets, because at a young age the characteristic signs of this species are not yet visible. Even acquiring an aristocrat with a pedigree, you run the risk of encountering forgery of documents. You can show papers for one animal, and they will sell a completely different kitten. Only by acquiring a cub in a nursery with a reputation, one can be sure that this is a purebred British blue cat.
In Russia, this breed enjoys greatpopularity, it combines all our ideas about the ideal cat: soft, plush, thick. Yes, and care for a blue Briton requires a minimum: sometimes you need to comb it out. This breed does not have any kind of ancestral diseases. However, for the development of characteristic cheeks, the animal must be given raw meat, cut into large cubes, so that the pet can work, chewing it. The nature of the representatives of this breed is the most ideal: they are not sluggish, like distant ancestors - Persians, but also not excessively noisy. Cats are very clean, but if you have a British white or light-colored, it is recommended to clean the edges of his eyes so that there is no unaesthetic browning of the fur.