British Blue-Cream Shorthair - Shorthaired Cats

As the name suggests, this cat is essentially a cross between Blue and Cream Shorthairs, although Tortoiseshells are also used for breeding. The Australian and British standard calls for a subtly toned cat with an intermingling of the two colors, whereas the American Blue-Cream has clearly defined patches. The way that color genes are linked to sex in some cats means that no male Blue-Creams have been recorded as having survived into adulthood.

History
The British Blue-Cream is a comparatively new breed, and was not recognized in Great Britain until the late 1950s.

Temperament
This cat is as affectionate and lively as its shorthaired relatives.

Varieties
There are no varieties of the Blue-Cream Shorthair.

British Blue-Cream Shorthair
Litters produced by crossing Blues and Creams may contain solid-colored kittens as well as Blue-Creams.

Picture: British Blue-Cream Shorthair

Body
A strong, muscular, stocky type.

Coat
The fur is short and dense. The color should be a soft intermingling of blue and cream with no tabby markings.

Tail
Should be short and thick.

Legs
Short and well-proportioned.

Feet
Paws are large and round with pads that are pink or blue or a mixture of the two color.

Head
Round and broad with a short, straight nose and blue nose pad.

Ears
Medium in size and round-tipped.

Eyes
Large and round, either copper, orange or rich gold in color.

Facial Characteristics
British Blue-Cream Shorthair.

An alert, curious nature has endeared the Blue-Cream to countless fond owners.

The cream hairs tend to be finer than the blue in the British Blue-Cream, and the coat may therefore require regular grooming when the cat is moulting.

The best examples of the British Blue-Cream have very pale color.

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