I just happened upon this thread and thought I'd add my two cents! My family has two British Shorthair cats. They are definitely a MAN'S cat. They are big, sturdy and hardy. Depending upon what the breeder breeds for, some BSH's are quite large. My Duncan is 17 pounds worth of solid cat. Almost every man that has come to my house just LOVES Duncan. They are excellent around people, children and other pets. Kind of a no-nonsense breed of cat. Short, plush hair. Quite a wonderful housecat
I'm a little biased, though...lol! He is a pedigreed BSH and is from Olivia Strongo of Elusive Blue Cattery in Simi Valley, California. She breeds for a nice, large BSH. Good luck in your choice!
PS. You could check out my Webshots site to see some pics of him :http://community.webshots.com/script...bumID=83384939
Here is my smaller BSH's album (Jellybean):http://community.webshots.com/script...bumID=83385039
Also, I have several pictures of him posted here on the CatSite if you want to do a search
Anyways, Good Luck on your search!