Breed Standards

For they’re not to be any faults in the registry process, all changes must be registered by the owner.

The feline associations require a similar seriousness for the admission of new races or varieties, to the end of asserting that the proposed race in fact different and that there are enough interested breeders in it. This way they procure to avoid the excessive consanguinity to guarantee a standard.

In general terms, the process is similar on all the countries, with few variations.

When a new proposal of acknowledgment of a race accepted, a new stage of the preliminary process begins, and it may have different durations depending on the country.

To recognize a new race, the IFF, for example, requires the presentation of three different cats of the proposed race, in one or two international exhibitions (with a maximum lapse of time of six months), and for them to have five consecutive generations of ancestors, apart from the presentation of fifteen different cats representing three generations of the new race presented. The new race once recognized, they can participate on the different events of the organization.

The different associations adopt their own criterions when classifying races. The IFF establishes four categories depending on their morphology: Persians and exotic of semi long hair, short haired and Siamese and oriental.

The crossings between the different races are restricted to those with permission by the organization.

Some North American associations, instead, use a useful general guide for the different categories. The “natural” races are those who have ancestors on the Maine Coon. To register a whelp of these races, the whelp must only have ancestors of its race.

The “Established” races are does that come from crossings between two or more natural races in which no retro crossings are admitted.

Examples of these classes are the sacred cat of Burma (a crossing between Siamese and Turk angora) and the Burmese (a crossing between Siamese and oriental).

The third category is that of the “hybrids”, also created from a crossing, but in this case retro crossings are admitted to develop or to better the standard.

Finally, there exists a “mutant” race like the rex, in which it is also permitted to cross with the race that gave place to the mutation.

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