Is my British Shorthair a brachycephalic breed?

The short answer to the question is my British Shorthair cat a brachycephalic breed is yes. But it’s not actually that simple.

Why does it matter? The main concern that owners and breeders of British Shorthairs have is when it becomes an issue for flying your cat or kitten.
The breed is on many airline lists as a brachycephalic breed.

Really this is a measurement. It is how short the face is and how this affects breathing. So whilst its easy to say Persians with their flat, squishy faces are a brachycephalic breed as most would fit the measurements other breeds can be many are or some are.

British Shorthairs probably fit into the some catagory. The issue is airlines look at risk. They dont measure your cats head when you check in. They just go by what they are told and they have been told British are brachycephalic. This puts them at risk of breathing difficulty during flights.

Then it comes down to liabilty. Who would be at fault if there was an issue. This is where you get different airlines allowing different things. They can fly but owners may need to get vet certification, sign waivers to accept the risk and they may only allow certain flights in certain seasons.

Where is gets difficult is flying internationally with connecting flights. This is compounded by moving hemisphere where the seasons also change. Heat will affect all cats but it affects brachycephalic cats the most.

This is why it is best to use a transport company like Jetpets to do the flights. They know the rules and can pick and choose an itinery for them to get there.

So back to the question, is my British Shorthair cat a brachycephalic breed? Yes the breed is considered to be a brachycephalic breed. Your cat or kitten may or may not be brachycephalic depending on how short it’s face is. This can affect flying your cat especially internationally.


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