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Know It All: British Shorthair Colors in the Spotlight

Are you ready to learn more about British Shorthair colors? From striking British blue kittens for sale to exquisite black, this breed showcases various hues.


The British Shorthair breed is very sought after and known for its palette of colors. This article will explore the world of British Shorthair colors and their stunning diversity.

The luxurious blue British Shorthair cat‘s coat is one of the most well-known colors associated with the breed. This shade, often described as slate blue or steel gray, gives these cats an air of sophistication. This is the traditional color of the British Shorthair cat and shows off its copper eyes.

However, the British Shorthair cat is not limited to this blue shade. They also come in black, white, cream, and silver hues, and many more patterns and color combinations. There are almost more coat colors than there are rainbows!

British Shorthair colors are classified by more than just the coat color. Factors contributing include the undercoat color, paw pad color, nose color, and coat pattern. The color table in this article shows more information on this topic.

Whether you own a British Shorthair or are simply an admirer of feline beauty, understanding the different colors of this breed is fascinating. Join us as we unravel the palette of the British Shorthair cat and discover their variety of colors.

british shorthair blue cat stud uli looking away
Our blue British Shorthair cat (stud) – Ulysses
CategoryColorsEyesNosePaw Pads
SOLIDWhiteBlue/Gold/CopperPinkPink
BlackGold/CopperBlackBlack/Brown
BlueGold/CopperBlueBlue
RedGold/CopperBrick RedBrick Red
CreamGold/CopperPinkPink
LilacGold/CopperLilacLilac
FawnGold/CopperPinkPink
ChocolateGold/CopperBrownBrown
SMOKEBlackGold/CopperAs CoatAs coat
BlueGold/CopperAs CoatAs Coat
RedGold/CopperAs CoatAs Coat
CreamGold/CopperAs CoatAs Coat
TortieGold/CopperAs CoatAs Coat
Blue-creamGold/CopperAs CoatAs Coat
SHADEDSilver (Black Silver)Green/Blue-GreenBrick RedBlack
BlueGold/CopperOld RoseBlue
CreamGold/CopperPinkPink
RedGold/CopperPinkPink
TortieGold/CopperBlack/PinkBlack/Pink
Blue-creamGold/CopperBlue-GreyBlue-Grey
Golden (Black)Green/Blue-GreenBrick RedBlack
Blue-GoldenCopper/GoldenOld RoseBlue
Tortie & Blue-Cream GoldenCopper/GoldenAs coatAs coat
TABBYVarious patternsGold/Green/HazelCorrespondingCorresponding
TORTIEVarious patternsGold/CopperPink/BlackPink/Black
CALICOWhite, Black & RedGold/Copper/Odd-eyePink/BlackPink/Black
BI-COLORWhite & Various colorsGold/Copper/Odd-eyeAs coat/PinkAs coat/Pink
Blog photo of two blue british shorthair cats with copper eyes

The blue British Shorthair is this breed’s traditional color and probably the most well-known. Interestingly, our cattery name originated from this color, as our love for the British Blue cat is where our journey started. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous grey British Shorthair cat for sale? The British Blue cat is exquisite and striking, making them popular family additions.

Blue Brits Cattery specializes in solid British blue kittens for sale and some lilac British Shorthair kittens for sale.

Also, we occasionally have British blue cats for sale as our breeding cats retire and join their forever homes.

Our potential pet parents often ask about the temperament of the blue British Shorthair cat. They are loyal, friendly, adaptable, and low-maintenance cats. They are also great with kids and other pets, making them popular additions to all families.

Finding a British blue cat can be challenging if you consider adopting from a shelter or rescue. British cats are generally a sought-after pedigree breed, and the cost of British shorthairs is high. Essentially, pet parents cherish them and keep them indoors.

Other color combinations with blue include blue golden-shaded British Shorthairs, blue-cream British Shorthairs (tortie), and blue-and-white British Shorthair cats. (Bi-color)

In essence, blue is the way to go if you’re looking for a more traditional grey British Shorthair cat for sale. Keep in mind that the blue coat really complements the bright copper eyes of this breed. However, there are many British Shorthair colors to choose from!

Portrait photo of three blue british shorthair kittens
Blog photo of two lilac british shorthair kittens looking cute

We have really experienced an increase in pet parents looking for LILAC British Shorthair kittens for sale. BLUE and LILAC British Shorthairs are both popular, traditional colors, and Blue Brits Cattery specializes in these two solid colors. Our blue queens seem to produce one or two lilac British Shorthair kittens with most of their new litters. We also have one or two solid Lilac queens and are always expanding our breeding selection.

While some people refer to the color as LAVENDER, the correct name for these beauties is lilac British Shorthairs. Lilacs are rarer than blues and are a dilute of the chocolate color. They combine gray, blue, and pink hues, resulting in a cool shade of lilac. Lilac also displays in various tones, some lighter or cooler than others.

Fawn is a color very similar to lilac, and these two colors can cause confusion. The difference between fawn and lilac British Shorthair colors is that fawn is a dilute of cinnamon, while lilac is a dilute of the chocolate gene. While the lilac coat has a cooler undertone, the fawn has a warmer undertone. Also, lilac British Shorthair kittens have lilac or brownish noses and paw pads, while fawn kittens have a light pink nose and paw pads. In essence, this is the easiest way to distinguish between fawn and lilac British Shorthair colors.

Also, more of our blue and lilac British Shorthairs are on our Gallery page. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for information on our Lilac and Blue British Shorthair kittens for sale.

Cute lilac british shorthair kitten looking at camera.

Breeders have also seen a recent increase in interest in CINNAMON British Shorthair kittens for sale. Cinnamon is more rare than lilac or blue British Shorthairs. Since the color gene is recessive, producing cinnamon-colored British Shorthair cats is rare.

The cinnamon coat is warm and reddish-brown. Furthermore, the cinnamon British Shorthair cat should have a pink nose and paw pads.

Both cinnamon and chocolate British Shorthair colors are harder to find, which may impact their cost.

British Shorthair Colors. Cinnamon British Shorthair cat and two cinnamon british shorthair kittens looking sweet.

The chocolate (brown) British Shorthair cat is not one of the original colors of this breed and was only produced much later. Initially, the British Shorthair was bred to chocolate Persian cats to introduce the color gradually through selective breeding.

Chocolate British Shorthairs are rare, and finding a breeder for them may be difficult. If you are looking for a chocolate British Shorthair breeder, make sure that you do your research to make sure they are reputable. This rare color may also affect the cost of these British Shorthairs.

A chocolate british shorthair kitten with blue eyes and a chocolate british shorthair kitten with copper eyes.

Golden British Shorthairs come in various shades and patterns. According to the CFA(Cat Fanciers’ Association), the following are the requirements for golden-shaded British Shorthairs:

The color is restricted to the ends of the hairs in the form of tipping. The undercoat is a rich, warm cream color with a mantle of tipping. The coat on the back, flanks, head, ears, and tail should be color-tipped. The chin, stomach, chest, and under are a pale, warm color. It ranges from ivory to apricot. No white toes and/or white on the chest and neck.

More golden colors include the blue golden shaded British Shorthair and the golden (black). If you are looking for a golden British Shorthair kitten for sale, ensure that you find a reputable golden British Shorthair breeder. TICA (The International Cat Association)‘s online breeder listings are a good place to start searching for a blue golden shaded British Shorthair.

Golden shaded british shorthair cat and golden british shorthair kitten looking beautiful.

Another shaded color to consider is the Silver British Shorthair. The shaded silver British Shorthair can have further variations of silver. You can find plenty of shaded British Shorthair colors and patterns out there.

Three silver shaded british shorthair cats looking at camera
Two white british shorthair kittens, one shorthair and one longhair.
Blue eyed white British Shorthair

According to the CFA(Cat Fanciers’ Association), white British Shorthairs must be pure white, with no yellow. Their eyes should be deep sapphire blue, gold, or copper. Nose leather and paw pads are pink.

When breeding British Shorthair white kittens, careful consideration is given to eye color, with vibrant shades of blue highly sought after to complement the pristine white fur. The blue-eyed white British Shorthair is quite popular and elegant.

While a blue eyed white British Shorthair is popular, keeping their fur white can be challenging. Consider this when looking for a white British Shorthair cat for sale.

The odd-eye white cat usually has one deep sapphire blue eye and one gold eye.

Another interesting fact to consider is the high rate of deafness associated with blue-eyed white British Shorthairs. Deafness is prevalent in these whites, especially with odd-eye white cats. Breeding practices have to be meticulous and very carefully investigated.

White british shorthair cat with odd eyes looking up

Cream-colored British Shorthairs are the diluted result of the red color. Red-colored British cats have become quite rare, and they usually have some tabby pattern on their faces and paws. The color distribution is also uneven, although they have the traditional copper or golden eye color.

When a British Shorthair has the dilute gene, it usually has a diluted version of the original coat color. Cream British Shorthairs are hard to find and very desirable, especially a solid cream with almost no residual tabby markings. The cream should be a soft, pastel shade, with the traditional copper/gold eyes.

Large cream color british shorthair cat lying down.

Colorpoint British Shorthair cats exhibit various color variations that add to their uniqueness. From the classic Seal Point British Shorthair, characterized by a rich, dark brown color on the points contrasting with a creamy body, to the Lilac Point British Shorthair, with its soft, silvery-gray points against a pale, frosty body. Each variation of the British Shorthair color point showcases its own distinct charm.

Other popular British Shorthair color points include Chocolate Point, Blue Point, and Flame Point, each offering a blend of hues that accentuate the cat’s features. Whether the Seal Point’s deep intensity or the Lilac Point’s delicate pastels, these British Shorthair color point variations contribute to the breed’s enchanting appeal.

These color-point Shorthairs are rare but beautiful. The most intense color is found on the extremities of the cat’s body, namely the ears, nose area, tail, and paws. The rest of the coat should be light but not completely white. Their coat is very dense, with a white undercoat.

Three cute color point British Shorthair cats looking beautiful
British Shorthair color point

Black British Shorthair cats are very rare. Breeders may breed black British Shorthair kittens to see their coats turn dark chocolate as they age. The color pigmentation must be very rich and dark, with the undercoat the same rich black as the rest of the fur.

Black British Shorthair cats also have black noses and paw pads, making them tricky to photograph. As a result, to show off this magical coat color, your exposure and contrast settings must be precise.

It seems that male black British Shorthairs are particularly sought after, probably because of their larger frame and round face, highlighting their big copper eyes.

Two black British Shorthairs portrait photos, black kitten and adult cat.
Our pet Clover. She is a blue and white British Shorthair cat (bicolor).

Bicolor cats have two prominent solid colors. One of them is the blue-white British Shorthair. Our pet cat, Clover, made me love this coat color. She has a stunning personality and the softest coat! Bicolor British Shorthairs are uncommon; most people recognize the breed by its solid-colored coat.

Bicolored British Shorthair cats are bred through careful selection and understanding of genetics. The bicolored pattern typically involves a white coat with patches of a different color, such as black, blue, cream, or others.

Breeders typically work with cats carrying the genes responsible for the white spotting pattern to produce bicolored British shorthairs. The white spotting gene(piebald gene), dictates the extent and distribution of white areas on the cat’s coat.

Examples of popular bicolor coats are:

  • Cream bicolor British Shorthairs
  • Chocolate bicolor British Shorthairs
  • Blue bicolor British Shorthairs
Three examples of bicolor British Shorthair cats. Chocolate and lilac bicolor.
blue tortie british shorthair .blue cream cat female diva looking serious
DIVA – Our (Blue-Cream) Blue Tortie British Shorthair Queen

Tortoiseshell (tortie) British Shorthair cats are bred using a combination of specific genes that determine their unique coat pattern. The pattern is characterized by a mix of two distinct colors, often with patches of black and orange (or cream) distributed randomly throughout the coat.

The genetics behind tortie British Shorthair colors are interesting and tied to the X chromosome. As a result, female cats can have a mix of both black and orange or cream colors because they inherit one X chromosome from each parent. Male cats, however, inherit only one X chromosome from their mothers, so they typically can only display one color (black or orange/cream).

Since Tortie Shorthair cats require two X chromosomes, they are almost exclusively female. However, male tortoiseshell cats can rarely be born, and this is usually due to genetic abnormalities.

Three different tortie color British Shorthair cats
  1. Black Tortie British Shorthair: Predominantly black with patches of orange/cream.
  2. Blue Tortie British Shorthair: Predominantly gray (blue) with patches of orange or cream. (Blue and cream British Shorthairs)
  3. Chocolate Tortie British Shorthair: Predominantly brown (chocolate) with patches of orange/cream.
  4. Lilac Tortie British Shorthair: Predominantly pale gray (lilac) with patches of orange/cream.
  5. Red Tortie British Shorthair: Predominantly orange (red) with patches of black/cream.
  6. Cinnamon Tortie British Shorthair: Equal distribution of cinnamon and red patches.
  7. Fawn Tortie British Shorthair: Distribution of fawn and cream patches. This pattern is scarce and unique.

Each tortoiseshell cat is unique, with its own arrangement and distribution of colors. This makes tortie British Shorthair colors not only beautiful but also individually distinctive.

three tortie British Shorthair cats looking beautiful.

We hope you have experienced the full array of British Shorthair colors today and picked your favorite. In essence, every color is bred through meticulous and specific selection. What’s more, temperament is more important than color. Focus on that first, then color.

Whether you are looking for a reputable breeder, or wondering how to find a kitten for sale, you can read more on our blog page:

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How to Find Stunning British Shorthair Kittens For Sale

Simple Guide: Find The Best British Shorthair Cat Breeder

The Genuine Cost Of British Shorthair Cats Right Now

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