British Shorthair Pedigree Papers

What are a British Shorthair pedigree papers and should I pay more for them?

Ever heard this? “My British Shorthair kitten was cheaper as I didn’t get pedigree papers”. I am not sure where the term papers came from but it usually refers to a cats pedigree. A pedigree is the cats family tree and a record of its ancestors. A registered pedigree is issued by the breeders association.

British Shorthair Pedigree Papers

All British Shorthtairs should have pedigree papers. Think of it as your cats birth certificate. The pedigree papers for your British Shorthair should have the name of the breeder and the name of the owner, details of the association that issued them as well as extra information such as the cats microchip number.

So how do these British Shorthair pedigree papers come about and what do they mean?

Well to be legitimate,cat breeders join associations called registering bodies. They are groups that, among other things, maintain a database of cat breeding records. When a breeder has a litter of kittens they must register the birth just like people do with babies. They list the kittens and their sex and colours and who the parents are and the date they were born.

Be aware that breeders can provide hand written pedigrees or pedigrees from their own pedigree database. What you should look for is a pedigree or a transfer slip or something from the registering body that has a registration number on it listing you as the registered owner.

Now here is something most people buying a kitten don’t realise. Registering a British Shorthair kitten is very cheap especially compared to the price of the kitten. Most Australian registering bodies charge between $10 and $50 to register a kitten and produce registered British Shorthair pedigree papers.

So why do breeders say the kitten is cheaper without British Shorthair pedigree papers?

It’s not because these kittens are illigitimate or unrecorded (even though that is the case). It’s probably because of one of these reasons

  • The breeder is not registered and can’t register the kittens birth. This may also mean they are breeding in secret without the knowledge of local councils or authorities (often called back yard breeding)
  • The kittens parents are not registered or recorded properly. This will mean the registering body will refuse to register the kittens.
  • The breeder doesn’t like paperwork and doesn’t want to or is not capable of submitting the records and getting them to you.
  • It’s a marketing ploy designed to make you feel like you are getting a bargain so you accept the price and buy the kitten.

Rules for Breeding British Shorthair cats

Around Australia and around the world cat registering associations have rules that state each breeder must register every kitten they breed. That means registered, legitimate breeders dont have the choice to sell you a British Shorthair kitten without pedigree papers. The record keeping is not easy as there is a lot of paperwork. Often the people doing the registrations for the association are a volunteer as well.

It can be a cumbersome process for the breeder to register kittens. As a buyer it is how to make sure the kitten you are buying is the real deal and an actual British Shorthair. It is also something you are entitled to as per the breeders associations rules regardless of the price you pay for your kitten.

4 Replies to “British Shorthair Pedigree Papers”

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for this informative article.

    I am looking to buy a pedigree bio British shorthair kitten. I hope to breed for fun in the future. If the kitten I have my eye on doesn’t come with pedigree papers, where or who do I approach to obtain these papers and would I need further information from the seller?

    Is there a chance I cannot get the pedigree papers at all?

    Also, if I wish to breed my pet when it is old enough, what avenues should I take to do so? Is this a costly exercise in Australia?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Bec
      Great questions. First up why do you want to breed? It’s an important thing to consider and you should start with a goal in mind because …
      1. Cats are a bit different to dogs. Breeding animals cannot be kept in the same way as pets. The boys spray and smell and the girls are LOUD and difficult to live with when they are in season.
      2. It is not as easy to get other breeders to share their stud cats so you will need to source, buy and keep more than one breeding cat and they need appropriate housing.
      2. It’s expensive. Pets are not cheap but breeding cats can cost a lot
      3. It’s hard to get good breeding cats. Good breeders dont sell to new people easily. You may have to settle for starter cats that are not great type but you need to be careful as they may also come with health issues
      4. If its done correctly cat breeding is an expensive hobby in general. Its a saying that if you are making money from it you are not doing it right LOL.
      So remembering what I said about goals if you just want to have cute kittens or if you want to make fast money then cat breeding is not for you. If you love the breed and want to breed to better the breed and to show then read on..
      You should start by looking at cat associations in your state and then attending some shows. A good way to get started is by showing a desexed pet cat (even a domestic in the companion section) and get to know people. Then you will meet some breeders, make some friends and open some doors to get a breeding cat. You will also be more likely to get a mentor who can show you the ropes and help you get registered etc
      Which is the next point. To breed you need to join an association and buy a registered breeding cat then have the papers transferred into your name in your association. You cannot breed from a cat unless it has a registered pedigree and is listed as a breeding cat ie entire male or female. You need to ask the breeder up front if you can have the cat for breeding. If it has no papers at all it may be from a backyard breeder and if you then breed from it you will be a back yard breeder too.
      So have a good think and then think about if its something you are passionate about and if so start looking at the associations in your state. In WA I recommend Cats United WA
      best wishes
      Pamela – Cuddleton British Shorthairs

  2. Hi there and thank you for this information. I realise this article is a year old but I was hoping you may be able to offer some advice. I bought a purebred British Shorthair kitten 3 days ago from a pet store. The kitten did not come with papers to prove her pedigree! They say they can not provide these papers and they can’t even provide details of the breeder, but they assure me they are reputable. I had my heart set on showing and potentially breeding my baby one day, but I suppose without papers and using a kitten specifically registered for this purpose, I am unable to do so? Would a DNA test help? Also, if showing, would she need to be shown as a domestic? Many thanks!

    1. Sorry but the kitten you bought can never be verified as a pedigree british shorthair. There is no dna test that identifies a cat breed and no registry that would accept it if there was unfortunately. I am very sad that the kitten is not desexed. That is how bsck yard money making breeders get cats to exploit. Desex your kitty and yes, in Australia and lots of other countries you can show them in the pet cat classes. Enjoy your new baby.

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