Cat Facial Features

The form and the prominence of the ears and its position on the head are established exhibition criterions, besides from being concrete characteristics of the race. For example, the Abyssinian cat has big, erect and pointed ears, which contributes to the typical smart expression of the race. On the other hand, the ears of the Persians are small and rounded, and are inclined forward and very separated, showing the classical rounded head, very valued by the breeders of this race.

The ears of Scottish fold race are unique in the specie: they are folded forward in different grades, from a thin fold to a more ample double fold. This feature can be seen since whelps, and are not developed totally until an adult age.

The size, form and color of the nose vary according to the race. The more extreme example of a small and retrousse nose is the United States standard for the Persian, which favors the presence of pronounce jump between the forehead and the nose. This is taken to an extreme with the Persian Pekinese, an unrecognized race by many countries because of the respiratory problems and other disturbance associated to this very small nose.

At the other extreme, is the case of the Egyptian Mau that presents a slight elevation between the bridge of the nose and the forehead, a very marked feature with respect to the head in its whole?

In most of the races and varieties, the color of the nose is usually black, but there are some variations. For example, in the case of the oriental short hair cat, it is specified that the nose should be of a brown color if the cloak is solid chocolate, blue if the cloak is blue, etc.

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