CFA Persian Breed Standard Changes 2003


Published February 2003

To propose a change to their Breed Standard, 60% of the Breed Council members who return their ballots must vote in favor of the proposed change. Then the CFA Board will consider the proposal and may or may not pass it..

The Following Proposals were approved by the CFA Board February 2, 2003:

PASSED: Effective February 5, 2004: CFA will increase the requirement for registration of a Persian cat or kitten in CFA from another registering association via certified pedigree from (5) five to eight (8) generations.

RATIONALE: Last year the Persian Breed Council passed this proposal by a near ¾ majority. During discussion at the CFA Board in which the statement was made that such a requirement could be detrimental to the International Division, the Board voted to deny the proposal. Inexplicably, almost immediately after, the Russian Blue Breed Council requested the identical provision of 8-generation pedigrees, AND THE BOARD GRANTED THEIR REQUEST. The Persian breed was once again sacrificed on the basis of "fiscal management." An increasing number of other breeds - both accepted and under development - are using Persians as outcross, both in this country and in Europe. At least one U.S. association does not even require a certified pedigree to register a cat as a Persian, but rather, only a three-generation, handwritten pedigree. The Siamese, Burmese and the Abyssinian Breed Councils extended their requirements to 8 generations several years ago (and the Russian Blues were allowed to add it last year), and have proved that it is not nearly so difficult to accomplish as first imagined. It is little enough to ask in order to maintain the integrity of the Persian breed in CFA. The Persian breeders should be allowed the same information that other breeds have. Breed Council VOTE: PASSED Yes: 111; No: 30


BI-COLOR DIVISION

1) PASSED: Remove all designations for the "van" pattern from the Persian Standard, wherever they appear.

RATIONALE: The genetic definition of the van pattern (2 copies of the piebald gene), and the arbitrary definition created for the show standard have no relationship, and in fact, serve only to confuse new breeders, judges and even experienced breeders. The genetic van can have many spots of color and can even be visually indistinguishable from a "high white" bi-color. Breeders lose nothing by eliminating the "van" from the show standard, because there exists no separate color class for them. Vans are currently judged against the standard bi-color/calico colors for winners ribbons and would continue to do so. Breed Council VOTE: PASSED Yes: 26; No: 12

 

2) PASSED: Remove from all of the bi-color and calico Standard the phrase "Inverted 'V' blaze on face desirable.

RATIONALE: The standard and the breeding practices of today's bi-color and calico breeders have moved away from the strict pattern description to allow for all manner of attractive markings. It already calls for white on the muzzle as a preferred minimum, so that all facial markings up to and including an entirely white face would be allowed. Breed Council VOTE: PASSED Yes: 26; No: 12


3) PASSED: Replace the current Standard for calico in all its incarnations (dilute, smoke, etc.) with the following wording, adjusted to be appropriate to the color:
CALICO: A tri-color cat of black, red and white. The red and the black should appear as clear, unbrindled patches. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Brindling to be penalized more heavily than deficiency of white.

Breed Council VOTE: PASSED
Yes: 26; No: 9 RATIONALE for Questions 3 and 4. Exhibitors complain that current wording in the referenced Standard indicates that the cat should have more than 50% white, which is in conflict with the current preferred minimum. By saying that it is a "white (cat) WITH" the various colors, should then be replaced by (color) AND (color).

4) PASSED: Replace the current Standard for all incarnations of the smoke and white, shell and shaded cameo and white, and tabby & white colors with the following wording, adjusted to be appropriate to the color:
______ AND WHITE: A bi-colored cat of white and colored portions, the colored portions of the cat to conform to the currently established _______ color standards. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately.

Breed Council VOTE: PASSED Yes: 28; No: 7
SHADED/SMOKE DIVISION


1) FAILED (The ballot items to allow the shaded black and shaded blue were ruled out
of order because those colors have not yet been proven to meet the
requirements for showing as AOV colors):
Accept the following colors to Championship status: SHADED BLUE: undercoat white with a mantle of blue shading down the sides, face and tail. Frill, ear tufts, stomach and chest, white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be lighter than the Blue Smoke. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: blue. Eye color: brilliant copper. SHADED BLACK: undercoat white with a mantle of black shading down the side, face and tail. Frill, ear tufts, stomach and chest, white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be lighter than the Black Smoke. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: black. Eye color: brilliant copper. RATIONALE: Shell and shaded tortoiseshell and shell and shaded blue-creams have been recognized for years as well as shell and shaded reds (as shell and shaded cameos). Shell and shaded males in recognized colors when bred to shell and shaded particolors can produce these colors and do. At present, the shell and shaded offspring of these breedings, which could be as high as 100% of their kittens cannot be shown, except as spoiled smokes. Many of these cats are probably being registered and shown as smokes and they are severely penalized in the show ring for their “off color.” If they were allowed to be registered and shown in their correct class many registering problems could be resolved. Breed Council VOTE: PASSED Yes: 8; No: 4

OUTCROSSING TO PERSIANS

Of the 3 new breeds that had been seeking Registration/Miscellaneous status, only the Ragamuffin was considered. (The others failed to get their material in on time or voluntarily pulled from consideration). The Ragamuffin was requesting unlimited outcross to Persian, with no deadline for cutting off that outcross. After some discussion, they agreed to put a deadline of 3
years for that outcross, and promised that before they ask for advancement to Provisional status that outcross will be ended. The breed was accepted for Registration status, despite protests from the Birman and Ragdoll Breed Councils.


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