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Abyssinian

Abyssinians are medium-sized cats. They are very elegant, regal-looking cats with strong, lithe bodies and long, slender legs. Their paws are small and oval. They have round, wedge-shaped heads with distinctive tuffed tips to the ears which are large and pointed and set wide apart. Their eyes are large and almond-shaped and they have short, close-lying coats with at least double ticking. Their tails are fairly long, broad at the base and tapering to a point.

Australian Mist Kitten

Australian Mist

There is nothing extreme about Australian Mist, they are of moderate size, medium boned, rounded of head, with large eyes and ears. The coat is short, but resilient, the tail is plumply furred. The colours are warm brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, gold and peach; the pattern is of delicate spots or intricate marbled swirls against a misty ground, with legs and tail ringed and barred, and the face lined. Eyes are large and expressive in a range of greens. The nose, chin and whisker pads are broad giving the face a generous expression. Very popular with first time pedigree cat buyers, their well bred but not extreme appearance appeals as essentially cat.

Balinese Cat

Balinese

The Balinese cat is a beautiful elegant medium sized cat with the same long svelte lines as the Siamese but with a silky flowing coat. The head is long and carried on an elegant neck, wide between the ears and tapering in straight lines to a fine muzzle and showing a straight profile. The ears are large and may have tufts. The eyes are bright blue and oriental in shape and setting. The body is slender and graceful with the hind legs longer than the fore legs. The legs are slim and the paws are small and oval. The tail is long, tapering and plumed.

Bengal

The Bengal cat is a medium to large cat with a long, muscular body with robust bones. It's hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs, the feet are large & oval. The head is broad modified wedge, which is longer than wide, with small ears & pronounced whisker pads. Eyes are black rimmed & almond shaped. The tail is thick, tapering to a black tip. The coat is thick, beautifully sleek & soft feels more like a pelt than fur. The belly is whited & should also have spots. There are two Bengal patterns. Spotted & Marbled. Spotted: The spots should be dark & clear, with a crisp outline with a good contrast to the background colour. The spots can be either solid, arrow shaped or as rosettes. Spots should be found on the body, including the belly, the legs will have spots & or stripes. Spots should be random or horizontal in alignment. Marbled: The marbled pattern consists of contrasting horizontal swirls along the side of the cat. The contrast must be extreme.

Birman

The Birman is a most attractive cat, exceptional to look at and very photogenic. They are a semi-long haired cat breed that are broadly similar in colour to siamese cats except that the tips of their feet are pure white. The cats have markings i.e. darker colouration on the face, ears, legs and tail. These areas are known as points. Regardless of body or point colour, the cat should always have deep blue eyes and white feet. The white feet are known as gauntlets and, for showing, should be as symmetrical as possible. On the front feet the gauntlet should end in an even line and go no higher than the ankle. On the back feet the gauntlet should cover the entire foot and taper high up the back of the leg to the hock. The coat should be long but nowhere near as long as that of a Persian. There should be an obvious ruff or collar of hair around the neck, especially in the males. The tail is also bushy and the body is robust with shorter solid legs and a medium sized tail.

Bombay

There are two cats named 'Bombay', but the one recognised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy is a Black Self Asian. (The other version, which appears almost identical) was created in America in the 1950's, by crossing a Sable Burmese with Black American Shorthairs. The Bombay is a medium built cat, with a glossy, jet black coat. The head has good width between the ears and a gently rounded dome. The jaw is wide at the hinge tapering to a broad blunt muzzle. In profile the head forms a short wedge with a firm chin and short nose. The chin and the tip of the nose are in the same vertical plane. The ears are of medium size with a rounded tip. They are set so as to continue the angle of the face and are slightly tilted forward. The beautiful copper/gold eyes are set well apart and are full and expressive. The body is firm and muscular with a strong straight back. The legs are of medium length and the hind legs are a little longer than the front. The paws are oval and the tail is medium to long, tapering slightly to a rounded tip.

British Short Hair Cat

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is one of the largest breeds of cat. It is chunky and substantial and the male is much larger than the female. The face is round with full cheeks and the nose is short and broad. The chin is deep and strong. The tip of the chin is in line vertically with the tip of the nose. The ears are small and rounded and set so as to blend with the round contour of the head. The eyes are large and round. The head is set on a short thick neck. The body is cobby with a short level back. The chest is deep and the shoulders are strong. The legs are short and strong with round paws. The tail is thick and of medium length.

Burmese

The Burmese is a medium sized cat, with an elegant yet well-muscled body. They are not as large and sturdy as the British Shorthair nor as slender and dainty as the Siamese. They are surprisingly heavy for their size when lifted and this is due to their solid muscular physique. The head is carried on a medium neck and is in proportion to the body. In profile the head is deep from the top of a domed skull to the lower jaw. The brow is rounded. The nose will show a distinct break and the tip of the nose will be level with the chin. The chin is deep and firm. Viewed from the front the face resembles a short blunt wedge with wide cheekbones tapering to the muzzle. The ears are set well apart with a rounded dome between and are broad at the based with a rounded tip and are tilted slightly forward. The outer line of the ears continues smoothly into the line of the face although in mature males who have developed jowls this may not be so apparent. The eyes are set well apart with the top line slanting towards the nose and the bottom being rounded. The eyes are large and lustrous and may be any shade of yellow but a golden yellow is preferred. However the eye colour of Burmese is very sensitive to variations in light quality and under certain light sources the eyes may appear quite a different colour. The legs are slender and the paws are neat and oval in shape. The tail is straight with no kinks or bumps and ends in a rounded paintbrush tip. If the tail is the correct length it will reach to the shoulder when brought round the side of the body.

Burmilla

The Burmilla is a cat of medium build, thanks to the Burmese blood in its ancestry. In Asians like the Burmilla, the female is much smaller and daintier than the male. The head has good width between the ears and a gently rounded dome. The jaw is wide at the hinge tapering to a broad blunt muzzle. In profile the head forms a short wedge with a firm chin and the nose is short. The chin and the tip of the nose are in the same vertical plane. The ears are of medium size with a rounded tip. They are set so as to continue the angle of the face and are slightly tilted forward. The eyes are set well apart and are full and expressive. The eyes may be any colour from gold through to green. The body is firm and muscular with a strong straight back. The legs are of medium length and the hind legs are a little longer than the front. The paws are oval and the tail is medium to long, tapering slightly to a rounded tip.

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex have soft, wavy, rippled coats which lack guard hairs, and therefore they don't shed like other cats. This means that the Cornish Rex require very little grooming, and they don't deposit hair all over the house. This also means that this breed of cat is one to consider if you are a allergy sufferer. The Cornish Rex has been compared to the Whippet dog because of its slender athletic build, curved contours, arched back, and willowy body. From torso to tail the Cornish Rex is long and lean. However, do not let the willowy form fool you-the Cornish Rex is no weakling. Under that ultra short fur are strong bones and muscles. The defining characteristic of the breed, however, is its very short, close lying, very soft wavy fur. The entire coat is curly or wavy, sometimes compared to the design of a washboard. They have a marcel wave. Although completely lacking guard hairs-the long, stiff, outer hairs that act as a barrier against the elements-the Cornish Rex's coat is made up of the soft inner down and awn hairs, with down hair predominating. The lack of guard hairs make the Cornish Rex's coat very soft touch. The soft, warm feel is luxurious. The coat requires very little grooming. They do not shed like other breeds, but the short, fine hair is hard to see, and they don't deposit their hair over the furniture like other animals. Fanciers often compare the feel of the Cornish with warm suede or crushed velvet.

Devon Rex

The first impression of a Devon Rex is of an impish face and a crinkly coat. The cheeks are wide, the eyes are large, and the ears are very large, and set low on the head. The cat's face has a distinct dip, or stop, in its profile, and the chin is well defined. The short coat has almost no guard hairs at all and is mostly made up of the undercoat of down hairs. Like the Cornish Rex, the Devon has the characteristic Rex 'Marcel Wave', and the fur forms ripples and waves, particularly on the back. The whiskers and eyebrows also curl, and are prone to snapping off. The legs are slender, and the hind legs are longer than the fore legs. The paws are small and oval..

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is the only natural domesticated breed of spotted cat, other spotted cats being the result of selective breeding of the humans' choosing. The Mau is not so substantial as the British Shorthair but is not so svelte as the Orientals. It is a cat of medium size with well-defined muscles and gives the impression of an athletic active cat. The head is a slightly rounded wedge shape with no flat edges. In profile there is a slight rise from the bridge of the nose to the forehead, which continues to curve into the arched neck without a break. The muzzle forms a blunt wedge and is not be pointed. The ears are large, alert, set wide apart and are broad at the base tapering to a rounded tip. The inner ear is a delicate shade of pink and may be tufted. The eyes are large and almond shaped slanting slightly toward the ears. The body is of medium size and is long and graceful with obvious muscular strength. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The paws are small, dainty and slightly oval in shape. The tail is of medium length and tapers from a broad base to a rounded tip.

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair is a medium sized cobby cat. The head is round and massive with a broad skull. The ears are small and round tipped and are set low and well apart. The cheeks are full. The nose is broad and short with a definite break. The nose leather must be fully formed and the upper edge must not be above the lower level of the eye. The chin is strong and the jaws are powerful. The eyes are large and round, set well apart and are brilliant in colour. The body is compact with a deep broad chest, massive shoulders and rump. The legs are short thick and strong. The round paws are large and firm. The tail is short.

Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a cat of medium size with elegant lines and well-developed musculature. The head is finely chiselled and forms a triangle with curving lines and high cheekbones. In profile the nose is long and well defined and there is a gentle dip at or just below the eyes. The ears are large and upright and set well apart. The eyes are large and round, always wide and alert. In profile the eyes are set at a pronounced slant, the eyeball shows a shallow curve and does not protrude beyond the cheekbone or forehead. The legs are slender and long with the hind legs noticeably longer than the front legs. The paws are oval. The tail when carried normally only extends about two or three inches although it can be straightened out to about four or five inches. When the cat is relaxed the tail is carried upright. The hair on the tail is generally thicker and longer than elsewhere and grows in all directions to create the effect of a pom-pom or bunny tail.

Korat

The Korat is of medium sized and is muscular and athletic. They are very like the Russian Blue in appearance, but have a single rather than a double coat, are more rounded in shape and have peridot green rather than emerald eyes. Females are daintier than males. The head has a characteristic heart shape when viewed from the front and is widest across the eyes. The forehead is large and flat and the nose is short with a slight downward curve. In profile there is a stop between forehead and nose. The chin and jaw are strong and well defined. The ears are large and taper from a wide base to a rounded tip. They are set high on the head giving an alert expression. The wide set eyes are large and luminous, wide open and appear to be large in proportion to the face. They are brilliant peridot green but a slight amber cast is acceptable in show cats. The body is strong and muscular, neither long like a Siamese nor cobby like a British Shorthair. The back is carried in a curve. The legs should be in proportion to the body with the hind legs slightly longer than the front. The tail is of medium length, broad at the base and tapering to a rounded tip.

LaPerm Cat

LaPerm

The La Perm cat's curly or wavy coat is its most remarkable and identifiable feature. Unlike other Rex breeds, the La Perm's coat may be medium to long, creating a very beautiful cat, soft to the touch, with a coat that floats with a breath of air.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is massive in size, with powerful muscular bodies and substantial legs. The head is slightly longer than it is wide and the nasal bridge is half way between the ear line and the tip of the nose. The muzzle is square with a firm chin and the chin, upper lip and nose leather should fall in the same vertical line. The bite must be level. The profile shows a concave curve at the nasal bridge with no distinct break. The ears are large and tall, wide at the base and tapering to a pointed tip. They are set high on the head but well apart. The eyes are spaced well apart and are full and round with a slightly oblique set. The colour of the eyes maybe green, gold or copper and eye colour bears no relation to coat colour. In white cats it is possible to have blue or odd eyes. The body is large and muscular with a broad chest. The back is long and the legs are substantial and form a rectangular shape with the body. The tail is long, at least the length of the back, and tapers from a wide base to the tip.

Manx Cat

The Manx cat closely resembles the British Shorthair in type with the obvious exception of the tail. The head is large, round and has prominent cheeks. The muzzle and chin is firm and strong and the nose is broad and straight. The ears are set high on the head and are angled slightly outwards. They taper from a broad base to a rounded tip. The eyes are large and round and the eye colour is in keeping with the coat colour. The body is compact and solid, with a broad chest and short back. The rump is rounded and should be higher than the shoulders. The legs are short and powerful, with the back legs being slightly longer than the front. In the show cat there must be absolutely no tail and the rump should be completely rounded but stumps of varying lengths are allowed in the breeding or pet cat.

Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large but elegant breed with a semi longhair coat. The breed is slow developing and may not be mature until four years of age. The head is triangular with a strong chin. The profile is long and straight with no break in the line. The eyes are large and may be any colour regardless of the colour of the coat. The ears are set high on the head and are broad based tapering to the tip. The outside edge of the ear follows the line of the head down to the chin. The ears have tufts and long hair flowing out of the ears. The body is long, muscular and strongly built with solid bone structure. The hind legs are longer than the front legs. There are tufts of hair between the toes. The tail is long and bushy and should reach the shoulders if not the neck when brought along the side of the cat.

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