Antipodean (New Zealand Shorthair/Longhair)




Where does the Antipodean come from?
The recently named Antipodean breed of cat where formerly known as the New Zealand Shorthair and Australian Longhair breeds and are a domestic cat that originate from British settlers.

Antipodean Temperament
Antipodeans are pretty easygoing and rather good around children as they are very tolerant towards a fair amount of contact while hissing and scratching very rarely. They have a very sturdy character and adapt well to being kept indoors making them ideal as an apartment pet. Antipodean cats are not very demanding but at the same time, will let there owner know they are in a playful mood. They are quite calm cats and tend to site close to there owners rather than on them. They are more likely to watch household activates from a safe and comfortable position rather than getting involved.

Antipodean cats make great pets for working people as they are happy enough to laze around the home doing very little while being left on there own. While on there own, they do not become destructive or need company from another animal although they do enjoy the company of another Antipodean cat with a similar temperament.

Antipodean cats like attention and to be petted and cuddled from time to time but prefer not to be picked up with most proffering to keep there paws on the floor. They tend to be rather quite, meowing to their owners occasionally such as when playing with their favourite toy or when they are hungry and their food is being prepared. Antipodean cats tend to follow their owners from room to room as they may like to be with their owner and see what's happening.


What type of Body does the Antipodean have i.e. coat, patterns etc?
The Antipodean is a medium sized cat with a solid, muscular build, round paws, a plush and not fluffy tail that ends round or with a tip, broad chest, shoulders and hips, large triangular ears, short, stocky legs and long whiskers. The head is very round with very full chubby cheeks. The cats eyes are normally large and very round while being set wide apart. The eyes can be a variety of colours including copper and gold while blue are the best know. There coats have a dense, plush feel and are often described as being crisp in regards to how the coat breaks over the contours of the body. Antipodeans come in a range of colours including: smoky grey, sable, tortoiseshell, chocolate, striped tabby, fawn and cinnamon brown. Males are noticeably larger than females and can weigh between 5 to 10 kilograms were females fall between 5 and 7 kilograms. Much like other cat breeds, adult males can develop prominent cheek jowls making them more distinguished from females.

History of the Antipodean ?
The Antipodean cat is a breed of domestic cat that originates from Britain as a result of early settlers in Australia. They were formerly called Australian Shorthair and longhair or New Zealand Shorthair and Longhair breeds.

Food the Antipodean eats ?
cats don't have any special dietary requirements and will eat normal cat food you may like to give them.

Is the Antipodean an indoor or outdoor cat ?
The Antipodean cat can be either an indoor or outdoor cat. With a very cool temperament, they make a very good indoor cat.

Does the Antipodean have health problem ?
The Antipodean is a sturdy breed of cat with few health problems. When desexed or kept inside, they are more likely to put on weight so this should be monitored so that you car does not become overweight.


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