GALLERY: English (British) Shorthair

The local English Shorthair, (later British Shorthair), started in the fancy as the poor country cousin of both the Foreign Longhair and the Siamese. This was mainly due to the craze for anything considered to be 'exotic', a trait that appears to continue to this day! But this slow start was not for lack of admirers. Harrison Weir was himself a staunch advocate for the common English 'garden' or 'farm' cat. At the very first Crystal Palace Show, he exhibited his elderly and much loved Blue MacTabby, "The Old Lady", who was by that time 12 years of age. He did not, however, condescend to allow her to compete.

By the late 1880's and into the 1890's, English Shorthairs had come into prominence and fanciers scoured the countryside in search of the best specimens. Whites with blue or odd eyes, well-marked classic or spotted tabbies, and prettily marked calicos started to take high honors. Generally a white or well-marked Silver Tabby would dominate, but few cats could match the successes notched up by the wonderful Brown Tabby Champion 'Xenophon', who remains one of the most decorated shorthaired cats of all time.

Today, the 'British' is an extremely popular pet and is available in a wide array of colors, with the 'Blue' still very much the favored hue and, more often than not, the one placed highly in competition. The rise of the American Shorthair, can be directly linked to the common ancestry it shares with the English Shorthair and both breeds are widely celebrated across the entire globe.

1880-1889
1888
1888
1888
c 1889
Laurel Lothair
Little Sambe
Snip
Tiddles

1890-1899
1890
1890
1890
1891
1892
Jimmy
History
Laurel Luther
Lord Rufus
Laurel Queen
Laurel Emperor
 
1892
1892
1893
1893
1893
Laurel King
Xenophon
History
Laurel Leonidas
Laurel Luke
Prince George
 
1893
1894
1894
1897
1897
Sir Peter Teazle
Ballochmyle Perfection
History
Samson
Ballochmyle Billie Blue Eyes
History
Ballochmyle Bountiful Bertie
 
1897
1897
1897
1898
1898
Brighton Midget
History
Laurel Silver Star
Sherdley Sasha I
Ballochmyle Brother Bump
Pearl of Arrandale
History
 
1899
Sherdley Sasha II

1900-1909
1900
1900
1900
1901
1901
Ballochmyle Otter
Ebony of Wigan
Fulmer Snowflake
Ashbrittle Pitti Sing
Ballochmyle Blue King
 
1901
1901
1901
1901
1901
Fulmer Countess
Maria
Puck
Sherdley Alexis
Tyneside Lily
 
1901
1902
1902
1902
1902
James II
History
Ashbrittle Peter the Great
Ballochmyle Sister Bump
Dame Fortune
Derebie
 
1902
1902
c 1902
c 1903
1903
Fulmer Red Bramble
Sherdley Michael
Sweet Phillis
Mayfield Zebra
Miss Toodles
History
 
1903
1904
1904
1904
1905
Sweet William
Fulmer Blue Prince
Fulmer Blue Princess
Holmfield Tabby Boy
Kombo
 
1906
1906
1908
1909
1909
Caroline
The Buzzing Silver
History
Genesee Valley Jane
History
Silver Raleigh
The Verger
 
1909
White Witch

1920-1929
1922
1923
1923
1925
1928
Brown Star
Chelsea Thistledown
Evenmark
Brown Sweetheart of Mayfield
Wynnstay Victorine

1930-1939
1931
1931
1931
1933
Toots of Coryton
Timmy Tiptoes of Coryton
Silver Penny
Tudor Wench of Coryton



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