broad modified wedge without noticeable flat planes or doming,
in proportion to the body. Cheekbones are apparent. In profile
slightly concave curve between nose and brow with good length
between brow & ears. Widening of the head and stud jowls
apparent in adult males.
evidenced by a slightly rounded forehead to eye ridge; brow
border is fleshy creating and enhancing the top line of the eye.
Large. Almost almond in shape. Deep
set. Outside corner angled slightly upward towards the ears.
Medium-wide apart. Distinctive brow above the eye creates a top
line to the eye and produces the breedís natural hunting gaze.
wide, being equally
as wide from the inside corner of the eye through the length of
the nose into a large nose leather. Muzzle/Chin:
break above a
well-defined broad medium length muzzle. Fleshy whisker pads.
Chin strong and wide in line with the nose.
Medium. Wide at base with slightly rounded tips,
as much on the top of the head as on the side. Ear tipping and
furnishings highly desirable. Lighter colored thumbprints on the
back of the ears desirable on all tabbies including lynx points.
long and substantial with a rectangular stance. Chest full and
broad. Slightly higher in hips with prominent shoulder blades.
Hips substantial almost as wide as chest. Deep flank. Muscular
and athletic in appearance. Allowance should be made for slow
Legs and Feet:
proportion to the body, of good length and substantial boning.
Paws large and round. Toe tufts desirable in longhaired
varieties. Five toes in front, four in back.
is short, being half-length or less than
that of the normal cat. The tail is flexible and expressive and
may be straight, slightly curved or slightly kinked or have
bumps along the length of the tail. Tail set in line with the
top line of the hip. Tail to be broad at base, strong and
substantial to the touch, never fragile.
Straighter tails should exhibit a
fat pad at the end of the tail.
Must be long
enough to be clearly visible above the back when alert, not to
extend past a stretched hind hock in length.
medium in length may appear short due to
Coat Shorthair Division: Length:
Medium, semi-dense. Texture:
Non-matting, resilient with slight loft.
Density: Double coat, hard topcoat with a soft,
downy undercoat. Miscellaneous: Seasonal
variations of coat should be recognized. Coat may be softer in
texture in dilute colors, lynx points and silvers. Undercoat may
be mouse gray in tabbies.
Length: Medium-longhair, slightly
shaggy. Tapering to slightly longer hair on ruff, britches,
belly and tail. Ruff: Slight, mutton
chops desirable. Texture: Non-matting,
resilient. Density: Double coat.
Undercoat present, not extremely dense.
Miscellaneous: Seasonal variations of coat should
be recognized. Coat may be softer in texture in dilute colors,
lynx points and silvers. Undercoat may be mouse gray in tabbies.
PENALIZE: tail too long or
too short affecting the balance and appearance of the cat. Tail
kinked or knotted out of shape. Tail rigid, fragile or set low.
Straight tail not exhibiting a fat pad. Round eyes. Weak chin.
Extremely short muzzle or nose break. Cottony coat.
COLORS AND PATTERNS: any genetically possible
color or combination of colors is allowed. Preference shall be
given to colors and patterns that enhance the natural wild
appearance of the breed. High rufusing desirable in all tabbies
including silvers, with no penalty for lack thereof. Body
patterns highly desirable in lynx points and smokes.
BUTTONS AND LOCKETS:
allowable on any color and/or pattern.
Cats with buttons and/or lockets shall be judged as their basic
color with no penalty for such locket and/or button.
EYE COLORS: All eye colors
acceptable, eye color can be copper, gold, yellow, or green;
blue in bi-color/van, colorpoint, lynxpoint or odd-eyed white
Allowances should be made for slower development in achieving
adult body type as this breed gradually matures over a period of
DISQUALIFY: Total lack of
tail or full-length tail. Delicate bone structure.
Incorrect number of toes.