British Longhair


The British Longhair has the same body structure as the British Shorthair, except the coat, which is medium long.
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Many different colours and patterns

There exist a lot of different colours and patterns:

  • White
  • Solid colours as black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream.
Highlander black
Fabienne vom Halterner See
Breeder: Angelika Witzorky, cattery vom Halterner See, Haltern am See, Germany
Highlander blue
Buntebaer's Hope
Owner: Beau Monde cattery, Den Haag, Netherlands
Highlander cream
Ch. Cinderella of Sweet
Owner: Tanja Matischewski, von der Hassler Linde cattery, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • In some organizations also cinnamon and fawn are recognized.
Highlander cinnamon
Very Happy von den Muggels
Breeder: Sandra & Joerg Heil, cattery von den Muggels, Bassum, Germany
Highlander fawn
Merlin O'Uxmal
Owner: Beau Monde cattery, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Tortie colours as black tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie, lilac tortie, cinnamon tortie, fawn tortie
Highlander chocolate tortie
Dee Jay of British Castle
Breeder: Jennifer Zenker, of British Castle cattery, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Tabby colours in all three tabby patterns (blotched, mackerel and spotted) in all the colours mentioned above.
  • Also tabby with silver, then they are called silver tabby.
Highlander blue silver spotted
Europa Ch. Amigo von Dankersen
Owner: Heidi Demirel, of Tiger Castle cattery, Stadthagen, Germany
  • Colours with silver, as smoke, shaded and shell (chinchilla).
British Longhair silver shaded
Darling Child of Muslin Cats
Breeder: Yana Brook, Muslin Cats cattery, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Colors in golden, as golden shaded und shell, golden tabby.
  • Bicolour patterns, i.e. all the colours above with white.
Highlander black-white
Krümel vom Halterner See
Breeder: Angelika Witzorky, cattery vom Halterner See, Haltern am See, Germany
Highlander red bicolor
Junior Ch. Delisha of Tiger Castle
Breeder: Heidi Demirel, of Tiger Castle cattery, Stadthagen, Germany
Highlander blue-cream bicolor
Brooke of Scotland
Owner: Angelika Witzorky, cattery vom Halterner See, Haltern am See, Germany
  • Colourpoint
    In some organizations also smoke point is recognized.
  • and also Tabby Point
    In some organizations also silver tabby point is recognized.


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Standard TICA
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Breed profile

The British Longhair has the same body structure as the British Shorthair, except the coat, which is medium long.

The head must be round, the skull is broad with a well rounded forehead. Cheeks are full and round (chubby).
The ears are small to medium-sized and set wide apart, with rounded ear tips.
The nose is broad, straight and short, and has a slight indentation between the eyes, but not a stop like Persian or Exotic.
The eyes are large and round and set wide apart. Eye colour is different on different coat colours: Orange eyes are found in solid colours, tabbies, white, smoke, bicolour. Blue eyes are found in white, bicolour and colourpoint (but bare in mind that the blue of a colourpoint is genetically different from the blue in a white cat!). Green eyes are found in black/blue silver shaded, shell and silver tabbies.
The muzzle is broad, short and rounded. The jaws are broad, bite is level.
The head is carried on a short, thick neck.

head of Highlander
Beau Monde Dilia
head of British Shorthair
Alena von der Münchnerau
Britisch Kurzhaar
Compare the head of the British Longhair with that of the British Shorthair, and you will not see any difference, except the coat length. Also the ears and eyes have the same shape, size and placement. The neck is short and thick.

The breed is medium to large in size, the body is short (called cobby). Shoulders are broad and muscular, the chest is broad and rounded. Legs are short to medium long, strong with large, round paws.
Bone structure is very solid.
The tail is short and thick, the tail tip is rounded. The tail shall be shorter than the body length.

The coat is medium long with a dense undercoat. The coat stands away from the body and is not flat lying or flowing. A full ruff and britches are desired. The coat has a plush-like texture, which may be slightly different between the various colors.

Highlander cinnamon, ruff
Beau Monde Ellis
You can see, what is meant with a full ruff in a semi-long coat. You can also see the head once more, which has clearly the same shape as in the British Shorthair.



Very little written documentation is known about the British Longhair, they have been around always, and appeared in many shorthair litters. As it was common that British have to be shorthaired, the longhaired kittens were sold as pets for many years. Thus, the breeding history as a separate, distinctive breed  is very young.
On August 29-31,2001 the British Longhair was added as NBC to the British Group by TICA. Since May 2009 the British Longhair is fully recognized in TICA.
What is also very strange, is the decision of FIFe to recognize from January 1, 2002, as British cats only the British Shorthair. Thus creating the problem that longhaired British cats are neglected and sold as house pets.
In August 2008 the British Longhair was recognized by the WCF.
In 2010 the British Longhair was recognized as preliminary breed by SACC.

As you can see on the pictures, the standard and level of the breed is very stabalized.



The British Longhair are independent, yet very affectionate to their people. They follow them around the house to make sure that everything is done right. Males are very people oriented. They are very quiet, rather little talking, and very gentle. Everything is done cautiously, they are not seriously in a hurry. They make ideal pets for less active owners as well as for rather busy households.



The British Longhair is an easy going cat, their coat has no tendency to get filthy or knotted. They do not need to be excessively groomed. Their coat should be combed from time to time to get rid of old and dead hairs.


Naming of the breed

In Europe mostly the names Highlander and British Longhair are in use.

The naming Highlander can be confused with a new breed of the same name developed in the USA, which has a bobbed-tail and curled ears like the Curls.

There are also used the names Lowlander and Britanica in some organizations.


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