The bicolor British is not a breed in itself, but a variation within the British shorthair which is the oldest breed in Great Britain. In recent decades it has been gaining more and more followers due to its beauty and affectionate character. The gene white spotting or white spotting favors its coat to be distinguished by bichromatism.
White is the color that stains half of its body, with the face, legs and abdomen being its carriers. If both parents have this dominant gene, it is more than likely that all or most of their offspring have more than 50% of their coat of white color. These are cats highly valued as pets.
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Characteristics of the British bicolor
The coexistence of two colors in their fur makes these felines take over cow cats or harlequin cats. The introduction of the Persian cat in their breeding programs after World War II has led to a long-haired variety. However, its body is more rounded than that of the Persian and its eyes more intense.
- Origin Europe (Great Britain)
- Big size
- Weight from 4 to 8 kg males and 3 to 6 kg females
- Very dense and soft hair, similar to the touch of cotton. There are bicolor longhaired and shorthaired Britons. In both cases the most common combinations are black and white, white and orange, white and cream or white and blue. The two-color silver tabby pattern is the newest
- Medium head and somewhat triangular
- Small, upright ears
- Large eyes, well separated and of coppery or dark orange tones. The white spotted gene can inhibit iris pigmentation. Therefore, it is not surprising that many harlequins have blue eyes.
- Short, thick tail
- Estimated longevity of 7 to 12 years
- Difficulty caring for it low
Character and behavior of the bicolor British cat
The British bicolor is one of the best cat breeds that you can choose as a companion animal . They are tremendously affectionate and talkative. He will start meowing from the moment he hears you enter the portal. He will come to greet you and follow you everywhere. It will be his particular way of letting you know that he is happy to see you back.
They get along perfectly with children because of their playful and patient temperament , as well as with other cats and dogs. Of course, in their childhood they are very curious and tend to do a lot of mischief. Therefore, you must arm yourself with patience and adapt your home upon arrival. At this stage they learn a lot and fast. They tolerate spending time alone.
Care required by the bicolor British
If it is a bi-color with long hair, you should brush it about 2 times a week, if it is long-haired, once will be enough. In spring and autumn you should increase this frequency to 4 times a week for long-haired kittens and 2 times for short-haired ones.
Their ears, eyes and teeth require periodic sanitation. Once a week he uses a sterile gauze and physiological saline to keep his ears and eyes in perfect condition. Don’t forget to use a cat toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste . Given its large size, you should select a wide and low litter tray.
Due to its cheerful and affectionate character, it will demand your attention. You should spend time interacting, either giving him a massage in the form of caresses, playing or simply staying by his side.
Health of the bicolor Brit
There are no known pathologies associated with this variant of the British. In the case of long-haired specimens, the absence of regular brushing could obstruct their digestive system. In the most severe cases of trichobezoars, a surgical intervention will be necessary to remove the dead hairballs.
Keeping the vaccines and deworming, internal and external, up to date, following a varied and balanced diet, encouraging him to perform physical exercise daily to give out all his energy and thirst for exploration, and with your love you can enjoy his beloved company during many years.
History of the breed and fun facts
Do you know that the bicolor British were gestated from the domestic cats of Rome? During the 19th century the most beautiful specimens were selected to consolidate this differentiating variant of the British one . In 1892 Harrison Weir captured in his study the main characteristics of the cat in question.
The two world wars were about to extinguish it. At the end of the Second World War, an intensive breeding program was undertaken with the Persian cat as the protagonist. The white spotting gene that characterizes this sub-race is forged in uterine gestation from the legs up or vice versa, but never in the center of the body.
This dominant gene inhibits the development of coat pigmentation and how it works is still unknown. British bicolor are less numerous than unicolor. However, on some occasions there may be genetically bicolor specimens that appear not to be. Heterochromia is also common among these friendly felines.