Brazilian Shorthair





Adult Weight

10-22 pounds

Life Span

14-20 years


Outgoing, intelligent, playful, energetic


Pelo Curto Brasileiro, Brazilian Cat


Medium-to-large shorthair



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


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


Affection Level 90%
Activity Level 80%
Pet-Friendly 80%
Kid-Friendly 90%
Sociability 80%
Intelligence 90%
Playfulness 70%
Independence 40%
Vocality 30%
Grooming 10%


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.


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.


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

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a Brazilian Shorthair cat cost?

    How much does a Brazilian Shorthair cat cost?Brazilian Shorthair cats cost between $1,000-$1,300.
  • How big do Brazilian Shorthair cats get?

    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?

    How long do Brazilian Shorthair cats live?The Average lifespan for Brazilian Shorthair is 14-20 years.
  • Do Brazilian Shorthair cats shed?

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