British Longhair Cats & Kittens for Sale

The British Longhair is an impressive-looking breed that was developed in the 20th century by crossing the British shorthair with longhaired breeds like Persians and Turkish Angoras. These cats are famed for their efficient hunting skills and independent but loving natures. Thinking about buying a British Longhair kitten? Hereโ€™s what you need to know. 

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Meet the British Longhair

The British Longhair is a medium to large cat breed with a long silky coat, large square-like head, long fluffy tail, and a muscular, sturdy physique. Their luxurious fur typically stands away from the body which can make these cats appear larger than they actually are. Due to their thick undercoats, these cats benefit from daily brushing with a slicker brush, to reduce the risk of matting. People often refer to these cats as the teddy bears of the cat world because of their rounded, cuddly appearance.

British Longhair cats have large, round, expressive eyes, that just add to the elegant charm of this breed. The ears are medium-sized and slightly rounded at the tips; sitting far apart on the head. These cats have relatively short noses and a strong broad muzzle which comes from their Persian cousins. The necks are short and thick, with a bulldog-like appearance.

British Longhairs come in a wide variety of colours from lilac, chocolate, and black, to tortoiseshell and colour point patterns. Many British Longhairs have gold eyes; however, they can also come in shades of green and blue. Females tend to be significantly smaller than males, weighing around 3.6-4.5kg. Males can weigh anything up to 7kg.

British Longhair Temperament

The British Longhair is a very social and affectionate breed however they are also more than happy to entertain themselves when their humans are at work. These cats are loving without being demanding which makes them the perfect feline companions for people who work outside of the home. British Longhairs are intelligent felines so they benefit from regular mental stimulation which can be provided with the use of interactive toys and puzzle feeders. They are pretty easy-going cats which means they can sometimes be a bit lazy! However, it is important to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise to ensure they do not become obese.

British Longhairs are known to be very lenient with young children and can get along well with dogs and other cats as long as they have been introduced properly. It is worth mentioning that these cats do not like to be picked up and generally prefer to cuddle up near you on the sofa rather than on top of you! With this breed, it is important to respect their independence so expect your cat to refuse games on occasion โ€“ purely because they are just not in the mood! British Longhairs are not particularly vocal however they have been known to strike up short conversations with their owners when they want something.

10 Reasons to add a British Longhair to your Family

Their large expressive eyes โ€“ These cats have very expressive faces due to their gorgeous round eyes and Cheshire cat grin. So, any conversation you have with your kitty, no matter how short, will feel very engaging and rewarding!

Their laidback attitude โ€“ If you are looking for an easy-going feline that is undemanding, then the British Longhair could be the cat for you! Although they love to be around their humans, they do not require constant attention like some other breeds.

Their luxurious coat โ€“ The coat of the British Longhair is a sight to behold! It is silky, soft, and plush and makes these beautiful kitties really stand out from the crowd.

Their social nature โ€“ These cats can be very affectionate and are very tolerant of young children. They love to be around their human companions and enjoy attention when they are in the right mood.

Their high intelligence โ€“ British Longhairs are intelligent cats so they love the mental stimulation that comes with training and interactive games. Be sure to provide these cats with plenty of puzzle feeders, toy mice, and wand toys to stimulate their strong hunting instincts and keep their brains busy.

Their calm, quiet demeanours โ€“ These cats are not known to be overly talkative or demanding, which makes them very sweet and easy-going characters that are relatively easy to care for.

They are adaptable โ€“ Due to their relaxed temperaments, these cats cope well in a variety of environments and are very tolerant of strangers in the house.

Their cuddly appearance โ€“ These cats really do look like big teddy bears which is one of the reasons why they have become so popular with families. However, it is important to note that these cats donโ€™t generally like to be picked up. Instead, they much prefer to interact with you when all four of their paws are on the ground.

They get along with other pets โ€“ These laidback characters are known to get along well with dogs and other cats that they have grown up with. These cats are incredibly peaceful kitties that love nothing more than curling up on the sofa or enjoying the odd play session with a willing participant!

They are independent - Although these cats are affectionate towards their owners, they are also content being by themselves which makes them a great choice for feline-loving families that lead busy lives.

Best Homes for British Longhairs

Due to their laidback personalities, British Longhairs can adapt well to various environments. So, they are suitable companions for people living in houses, houses with gardens, and even apartments as long as they get the mental and physical stimulation they need. These prolific hunters do enjoy being in the great outdoors however you should only let your cat outside if it is safe to do so. British Longhairs are content with their own company so will suit people who have to leave the house for work or other commitments. They also get along very well with children which makes them the perfect family pet.

Frequently Asked Questions About British Longhair Kittens

Why choose a British Longhair kitten from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Here at The Pedigree Paws, we pride ourselves on only working with the very best licensed breeders in the UK and Europe. This guarantee reassures our customers that their kitten has been well socialised and will develop into a healthy, loving adult. Kitten and puppy mills are illegal in the UK, however, there are still some unlicensed breeders who breed these animals in unsuitable environments in order to make money. Our mission is to fight pet farms so we only support the best breeders in the industry.
Is a British Longhair kitten the right pet for me?
British Longhair kittens are sweet-natured and easy-going which means they generally adapt well to a variety of living environments. These cats are also fairly independent compared to many other cat breeds which makes them suitable for families that have to leave the house for long periods. British Longhair cats usually get along well with everyone however care must be taken with young children as these cats like their boundaries to be respected. They prefer to come to you for attention instead of the other way around! British Longhairs are pretty chilled out cats compared to many other breeds which means that they may sometimes need a little encouragement when it comes to playtime. However, it is important to provide plenty of exercise opportunities to ensure they do not become too lazy! Their independent natures make them perfect for families who are looking for an affectionate feline that is not overly demanding. Bear in mind that due to their long, thick coats, British Longhairs must be groomed regularly to prevent mats and tangles from forming.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
There are countless breeders operating in and around the UK which can make it difficult to decide which one is best. Luckily, here at The Pedigree Paws, we have done the work for you! If you come to us, you can be assured that you are buying a kitten who has been raised by one of the best breeders in the industry. We have successfully facilitated hundreds of human-animal meetings to date. We work in a fully transparent way so feel free to check out our testimonials to see our success stories for yourself.
Are British Longhair kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Yes, absolutely. All of our kittens are fully health checked by a licensed vet before being rehomed. In addition, we ensure they are fully vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped, so you donโ€™t have to worry about it. British Longhair cats are fairly robust however they are still susceptible to developing common health issues that affect other breeds, especially heart disease and kidney issues later in life. For this reason, we make sure all of our kittens come from parents that are DNA checked. We also DNA test the kittens to check if there are any genetic mutations present. If no issues are found, you will know that your British Longhair is unlikely to develop health problems later in life. We know that early weaning can be detrimental to a kitten's health. So, we prefer our kittens to be at least 10-13 weeks old before they leave their mothers.
Can I see the parents of a British Longhair kitten?
Yes of course you can. We will facilitate a video call between you and the breeder so you can see your new kitten for yourself, with either both parents or with its mother.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of a British Longhair kitten?
Yes, all of our British Longhair kittens come with pedigree documentation from internationally recognised organisations such as GCCF, TICA, FIFe. The exact registration will vary depending on the location of the breeder. For instance, most kittens bred in the UK are registered with the GCCF.
Do British Longhair kittens from The Pedigree Paws come from good breeders?
Yes, At The Pedigree Paws we only offer kittens from the best breeders in the industry. All of our breeders adhere to the strict breeding and animal welfare regulations that are set by internationally recognised cat organisations. Our breeders love animals and dedicate themselves to ensuring all their kittens are healthy and appropriately socialised. We also follow a strict breeder selection process that ensures all of our breeders treat their animals like family and care for them in their own homes. We do not work with commercial breeding facilities on any level.
When can I receive my British Longhair kitten?
Purchasing a new kitten can be very exciting and we know you will be very eager to meet your new family member. However, it is important to note that early weaning can be extremely detrimental to the health and welfare of young kittens. For this reason, we prefer that all kittens stay with their mothers and siblings until they are 10-13 weeks old. However, this is only a guideline and you will be given the chance to discuss the exact timescale with the breeder.
How can I help settle my British Longhair kitten into their new home?
British Longhair cats are fairly laidback however they can be resistant to change and nervous in new environments. Here are a few ways you can help your British Longhair kitten to adapt to his new home: We recommend that you ask the breeder to send a towel or blanket with your new kitten, that carries their mother's scent. The feline pheromones given off by the mother are incredibly calming and so will help your kitten to feel safe and secure in an unfamiliar environment. We recommend that you only allow your kitten access to one room of your house at a time, to prevent him from becoming overwhelmed or stressed. Once your kitten appears comfortable in that room, you can then slowly introduce other parts of the home. Do not invite any guests around until you're confident the kitten is feeling secure and settled in his new home. With British Longhair cats, make sure you introduce new family members and other pets slowly so they have time to adjust. These cats may appear a little stand-offish at first but rest assured, if you give your kitten the time to settle, it will grow into a loving member of the family.