These medium to large sized felines have history, it is believed that their ancestors can be traced back to cats brought to the United Kingdom by Caesar and his Roman Legionnaires! Careful breeding enhanced their appearance and some of the most beautiful attended the very first cat show at Crystal Palace in 1871. British Shorthairs come in many colors (and can have different patterns and markings). The most popular is the British Blue, with its striking color and luxurious fur coat. They are quite robust cats, relatively independent and very, very chilled out – one of their favorite past-times is contentedly snoozing.