Brazilian Shorthair Cat: Characteristics, Personality, and Breed Information

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Brazilian Shorthair
Adult weight
10-22 pounds
Life Span
14-20 years
Outgoing, intelligent, playful, energetic
Other Names
Pelo Curto Brasileiro, Brazilian Cat
Medium-to-large shorthair
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? Breeds with a higher rating in this area tend to be gentle and patient, while lower-rated breeds may feel uncomfortable with children.
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? Breeds with a higher sociability rating will want to spend time with you all day, while less-sociable breeds seldom seek out human interaction.
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? Breeds with higher intelligence ratings are more curious, investigative, and easy to train. Less-intelligent breeds are less trainable but often laid-back and easygoing.
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? Breeds that score higher in this area are able to spend hours alone, while less-independent breeds require plenty of attention.
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Personality and Temperament

Also known as Pelo Curto Brasileiro, the Brazilian Shorthair cat stands out as the first breed to originate in Brazil and gain international recognition.

These cats are quite large, but in contrast with the British Shorthair, they have an elongated look and long, slim legs. Friendly and outgoing, Brazilian Shorthair cats make outstanding family pets. They get along well with other cats, dogs and children.

Get to know other shorthaired cat breeds: European shorthair, Exotic shorthair, Oriental shorthair

About the Brazilian Shorthair Cat
Brazilian Shorthair Cat Care










Brazilian Shorthair cats do not have any special nutritional needs, however we recommend feeding a high-quality diet that includes real meat as the first ingredient. These cats are known to have long life spans and a healthy diet can support longevity and well-being.

Brazilian Shorthair cats are easy to care for. Even though they have short coats, brushing can be beneficial. If you groom your cat once or twice per week, you'll cut down on shedding and reduce the likelihood of hairballs.

Even if you provide your Brazilian Shorthair cat with a scratching post, they may target your furniture for marking with their paws. Keeping your cat's nails trimmed short will save furnishings from damage.

These cats have a playful streak a mile wide! They are extremely agile, and they’ll almost certainly keep you entertained with their antics. Provide plenty of toys to keep your kitty engaged and be sure that they have a tall cat tree to climb. Like most other breeds, the Brazilian shorthair enjoys watching life unfold from an elevated vantage point.

Later in life, you might have to encourage your Brazilian Shorthair cat to get more exercise. Interactive toys are ideal for the job.

These cats are generally robust. They have a reputation for good health, and there are no known breed specific health issues.


Legend says that the Brazilian Shorthair cat originated sometime in the 1500s, when ships cats made their way to Brazil along with European sailors.

We have Paulo Samuel Ruschi to thank for developing this breed, encouraging the friendly personality of Brazil's street cats while standardizing the most desirable traits of cats found throughout the Iberian Peninsula. He is also the founder of Brazil's Cat Federation and Rio de Janeiro's Cat Club.

In 1998, the World Cat Federation gave the Brazilian Shorthair official recognition as a purebred cat.

Brazilian Shorthair Cat History
About the Brazilian Shorthair Cat


Brazilian Shorthair cats should have rounded eyes that are set approximately 1.5 eye widths apart from one another. Eyes may be of any color that complements the coat.

Legs & Paws

The legs are long, slim, and muscular, with well-rounded paws.


Brazilian Shorthair cats should have medium length tails with wide bases and tapered tips.

The Breed Standard


The Brazilian Shorthair is a fairly large cat, with males weighing in at up to 22 pounds and females coming in at up to 16 pounds. The body should be muscular yet elegant, with an emphasis on length rather than width.


Brazilian Shorthair cats have small to medium-sized heads with a moderate wedge shape that is longer than it is wide. The profile should appear slightly curved. The next, chin, and lower jaw should be firm and well-developed.


The ears should be large and erect, and should be adorned with tufts. Ear height should be higher than the base of the ears.


The coat is short and silky, with a glossy appearance and no undercoat.


Brazilian Shorthair cats come in every color and pattern imaginable, however those in pointed colors are considered of pet quality only and are disqualified for show. Nose leather and paw pads should complement the coat.


How much does a Brazilian Shorthair cat cost?

Brazilian Shorthair cats cost between $1,000-$1,300.

How big do Brazilian Shorthair cats get?

Brazilian Shorthair cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Brazilian Shorthair cat might weigh between 10-22 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"-11" inches tall.

How long do Brazilian Shorthair cats live?

The Average lifespan for Brazilian Shorthair is 14-20 years.

Do Brazilian Shorthair cats shed?

Brazilian Shorthair are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.