Brazilian shorthair

Brazilian shorthair profile

The sociable and loyal velvet paw with character

Little known until now, the Brazilian Shorthair is gradually conquering the hearts of cat lovers. Descended from Brazilian street cats, representatives of the breed present themselves as lovable contemporaries. We took a closer look at the relatively young cat breed for you and are sure that you too will not be able to resist the charm of the Brazilian Shorthair.

History and Origin of the Brazilian Shorthair

The origins of the Brazilian Shorthair lie literally in the streets of Brazil. Basically, breeding began with the experiment of crossing street cats with house cats. Street cats with certain characteristics were selected for the breeding experiment, and so a new breed gradually emerged, which is particularly popular in the USA. In our latitudes, the Brazilian Shorthair is still relatively unknown. To this day, breeds based on semi-wild street animals are controversial. This applies not only to the Brazilian Shorthair breed, but also to the European Shorthair and the American Shorthair.

Even if the Brazilian Shorthair breed has little in common with the typical street cats, the medium-sized pedigree cats are still enjoying increasing popularity. Incidentally, the breed was recognized by the World Cat Federation, so that clear breed standards must also be met when breeding.

essence and character

Cat lovers are enthusiastic about the cat of Brazilian origin, not least because of its nature and character traits. The fur noses are known for their attachment and loyalty. Even if they always appear friendly, it is important to build up trust first, because the pedigree cats approach “new” people with a certain amount of caution and prefer to first observe what is happening. But once the cat with Brazilian roots has gained confidence, it is the most loyal creature you can imagine.

As sociable companions, the lovable house cats are very well suited as family cats. They are playful, cuddly and also get along well with children and animal roommates. But the lively cats also have a sensitive side and are very reluctant to be alone. They prefer to be surrounded by “their” people because this gives them security.

Appearance of the Brazilian Shorthair

With their medium-length legs, harmonious proportions and a slender yet muscular build, the short-haired cats from Brazil are definitely eye-catchers. The short shiny fur is not lined with undercoat and so it hugs the body closely. This ensures a smooth appearance, which is underlined by elegant-looking movements.

The wedge-shaped skull, which is characterized by a slightly curved profile, is also characteristic. A pronounced chin and a strong jaw are also among the breed characteristics. Above all, lovers of the Brazilian Shorthair cite the large round eyes that characterize the cat’s face. The look is completed by large, elongated ears.

All coat colors are allowed for breeding, with the exception of points. When breeding, care should also be taken to ensure that the color of the eyes matches the color of the fur, so that a harmonious overall picture is created.

attitude and care

When it comes to keeping and grooming, the Brazilian Shorthair is extremely uncomplicated. Representatives of the breed fit well into families, but also have no problem living in a single household as long as they do not have to be alone for too long. Since the Brazilian Shorthair is very sociable, it is ideal if a conspecific can be assigned to it.

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

As is so often the case, the big question of whether the Brazilian Shorthair should be kept as an indoor cat or as an outdoor cat has not been clearly clarified. Basically, the descendants of the Brazilian street cats do very well as outdoor cats. Thanks to their attachment, which was encouraged by breeding, the Brazilian Shorthair can also be kept as an apartment cat without any problems. In this case, however, you should be able to provide a secure garden, balcony or at least an outdoor space and ensure a varied environment.

How much exercise does the Brazilian Shorthair need?

Brazilian Shorthair cats are active cats who just love to play. You don’t have to entertain the furry friends all day, but you should take the time for daily play sessions and don’t skip them. The intelligent animals love hunting games and develop an impressive speed. But they are also open to clicker training. The willing and intelligent cats quickly learn little tricks. Since there is still something of the Brazilian street cat in the breeding cats, the clingy cats can also be motivated with food. But you shouldn’t overdo it with this.

After extensive play units, the active cats also like to become cuddly tigers and enjoy being close to people. While they cuddle up to you, they like to be petted and enjoy the loving attention.

grooming and feeding

When it comes to grooming, the Brazilian Shorthair is absolutely easy to care for. Since the silky smooth fur has no undercoat, the animals hardly shed and take care of the short fur largely independently. Still, they enjoy being pampered and brushing can become a ritual. Brushing once a week is more than enough.

While there are pedigree cats that are so picky about food that they could drive you insane, the Brazilian Shorthair is one of the good boarders. When it comes to food, the street cat likes to come through with the house tiger and so any food is accepted. Nevertheless, you should rely on high-quality food with a high meat content so that the pedigree cats can enjoy a long and healthy cat life. Pay attention to the feeding recommendations for the amounts, because Brazilian Shorthair cats tend to eat too much, which can lead to obesity despite all their activity. It is therefore better to have several small meals. It is important to keep an eye on the total amount including the snacks. In addition, you should always have enough fresh water available.

Purchase of a Brazilian Shorthair

If you are now toying with the idea of ​​getting a Brazilian Shorthair, it might not be easy. Brazilian Shorthair breeders are currently mainly found in Brazil and the USA. In Europe and in German-speaking countries, breeders who have dedicated themselves to this breed are still rare. If you are lucky enough to find a breeder or are willing to travel long distances, then this can be worthwhile, because the young breed has a correspondingly large gene pool, which means that no breed-specific hereditary diseases have been able to develop so far. The velvet paws are not susceptible to disease and are extremely robust, even if their fur makes them sensitive to the cold.

Interesting and worth knowing

The cat breeder Paulo Samuel Ruschi is one of the leading representatives of the World Cat Federation and was practically the first breeder of the Brazilian Shorthair. Not only did he develop a special breeding program and was therefore responsible for the development of the Brazilian Shorthair, but he was also the founder of the first cat club in Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to Mr. Ruschi’s breeding successes, the breed was not only recognized by the World Cat Federation based in Germany, but the breed is now celebrating success in cat competitions around the world


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