British Shorthair-Tipped cat sitting next to a window.

British Shorthair-Tipped Cat Breed

This delicately colored cat with a sparkle to its coat is loving and enjoys being around children and other pets.

In a tipped cat a pale undercoat is overlaid with what appears to be a light dusting of color. This effect is produced by the ends of the top hairs being colored to about one-eighth of their length. The Tipped British Shorthair—originally called the Chinchilla Shorthair—comes in various color forms.

These include silver (white undercoat with black tipping), golden (warm golden or apricot undercoat with black tipping), and the rare red (white undercoat with red tipping), which is known as Shell Cameo in the US.

Origin: UK, 1800s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 9–18 lb (4–8 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Various, including black-tipped on white or golden undercoat; red-tipped on white undercoat.