Comparing the Persian Breed Standard
In Different Cat Registries

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Are all breed standards created equal?

A quick glance at the table below shows that the answer is a definite NO! The Persian Breed Standards in different cat registries may be worded similarly, or may be quite different. To do an in depth study of the differences amongst the various registries' standards for the same breed, we would need to analyze each section of each registry's text.

We can take an easier approach to discern any differences by simply comparing differences in the "weighting" of the points within the breed standards. The differences in the points allotted to each section of the Persian standard in CFA. TICA and ACFA illustrates some very basic differences.

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CAT REGISTRIES
BREED STANDARD
SECTION
CFA
TICA
ACFA
HEAD
40
35
35
BODY/TAIL
20
35
30
COAT/COLOR
30
20
30
CONDITION
-
5
5
BALANCE
5
5
-
REFINEMENT
5
-
-
  • CFA seems to place more emphasis on the Persian Head compared to TICA & ACFA
  • TICA places more importance on the body and tail. CFA thinks it is the least important.
  • ACFA and CFA give over 33% more points to coat and color than TICA.
  • CFA give 5 points towards refinement: TICA & ACFA give none .
  • TICA is the only registry giving 10 points to Condition and Balance.

What do these differences mean?

Cat breeding has become a worldwide hobby. Understanding that the breed standard of your registry of choice may differ from the breed standard in other registries is a consideration you need to factor into your purchasing or selling decisions.

It does not mean one registry's standard is better than another - there is no right or wrong. Just be aware of the differences :-).

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