Feline Associations

The interest that arouse for the characteristic cat breeds during the XIX Century ended in the creation of clubs and cat owners associations.

The Beginnings
At first, the Persians where the main object of interest, and until these days are one of the most popular breeds in the feline associations. The cat owners discovered that with diligent whelps they could improve the qualities of their pets in respect to size, color of the cloak and general well being.

It was a question of observing, due that the work of Gregor Mendel about heritage, in spite of having been made at the middle of the XIX Century, it hadn’t yet arrived to the scientific community & yet less to the general public.

Breeders began to register the matinees along the generations and gradually the need of creating a central organism aroused, to regulate the identification of races.

The First Associations
The feline exhibitions where regular events when in 1887, the National Cat Club was founded in London to promote pedigree cat breeding and to organize exhibitions. Its first president was the writer and artist Harrison Weir, who had organized the first national exhibition in Great Britain 16 years before, although he quit shortly after, when he confirmed that the members of the club where more interested in winning prizes than in encouraging the well face of cats, his plain interest. Succeeding him in the Presidency the artist Louis Wain, but the disagreements kept on.

In 1898, the aristocratic breeder, lady Marcus Beresford, founded a rival organization. The Cat Club, who boasted of including “some of the most important persons of the planet”, In spite of all, it fell five years later, and the cat fancier’s association followed in 1910 a meeting was  called to try to unite the interests of the different British feline associations. The result was the creation of the governing council of the cat fancy (GCCF), which functions where (and still are) to act as an entity of cats and pedigree registry, to approve and classify the races of cats, to approve the exhibitions organized by the clubs members and to foment the well face of all the cats in general.

This system guarantees a global supervision of the whelps and the registries, and at the same time to give certain independence to the many regional specialized associations, whom among other things organize the feline exhibitions.

With the exception of the supreme annual show, the biggest cats exhibition in Great Britain, organized by the GCCF, this organism only authorized the exhibitions and regulates the norms that rule them.

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