Changes to the Golden Persian
Color Descriptions in CFA 2002


Published May 2002

Breeders of Golden Persians in CFA have made some changes to the color description in their standard to help them (and the judges) better evaluate their Goldens.

The CHINCHILLA GOLDEN

The OLD Standard
Undercoat rich warm cream. Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with black to give a golden appearance. Legs may be slightly shaded with tipping. Chin, ear tufts, stomach and chest, cream. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outline with black. Nose leather: deep rose. Paw pads: Black. Eye color: Green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber or any color other than green or blue-green. (Red indicates the revisions)

The NEW Standard
Undercoat pale honey to bright apricot. Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with black to enhance a golden appearance. Legs and end of tail may be shaded with tipping. Chin, ear tufts, chest and stomach, consistent DILUTE color, much lighter in tone than the undercoat color. The general effect is lighter than a shaded golden due to less tipping. Rims of eyes, lips and nose are outlined with black. Nose leather: Rose. Paw Pads: Black. Eye color: Green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, golden, amber or any color other than green or blue-green.

Rationale
The current color standard for the goldens does not cover the broad color spectrum or description that goldens exhibit. This can be very discouraging for both exhibitor and judge, especially since there are so few exhibiting the goldens. Few judges have ever bred or shown a golden; therefore, the written color standard may be their only guideline. With a more detailed description, judges will be more able to recognize a "good" golden when seen in the show ring. The color "cream" is a dilute or red and not a genetically appropriate color description for the goldens. Both exhibitor and judge will benefit from a more useable guideline that more clearly defines the "ideal" which is the objective of a color standard. These proposals are a means of clarifying the current standard.

Breed Council Vote
YES: 29
NO: 15

Breed Council Action: Passed
CFA Board of Directors: Passed (effective 5/01/02)


To replace the word "give" with "enhance"

OLD Standard
Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with black to give a golden appearance.


NEW Standard
Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with black to enhance a golden appearance.

Rationale
The black tipping on the chinchilla golden does not give a golden appearance but rather complements the golden color tones.

Breed Council Vote
YES: 32
NO: 13

Breed Council Action: Passed
CFA Board of Directors: Passed (effective 5/01/02)

The SHADED GOLDEN

OLD Standard
undercoat rich warm cream with a mantle of black tipping shading down from the sides, face, and tail from dark on the ridge to cream on the chin, chest, stomach, and under the tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect to be much darker than a chinchilla. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose outlined with black. Nose leather: deep rose. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue-green.

NEW Color Standard
Undercoat pale honey to bright apricot with a mantle of black tipping shading down from sides, face, head and tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. Ear tufts, chin, chest, stomach and underside of the tail, consistent dilute color, much lighter in tone than the undercoat. The general effect is darker than a chinchilla golden due to more tipping. Rims of eyes, lips and nose are outlined with black. Nose leather: Rose. Paw Pads: Black. Eye color: Green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper yellow, gold, amber or any color other than green or blue-green.

Rationale
The current color standard for the goldens does not cover the broad color spectrum or description that goldens exhibit. This can be very discouraging for both exhibitor and judge, especially since there are so few exhibiting the goldens. Few judges have ever bred or shown a golden; therefore, the written color standard may be their only guideline. With a more detailed description, judges will be more able to recognize a "good" golden when seen in the show ring. The color "cream" is a dilute of red and not a GENETICALLY appropriate color description for the goldens. Both exhibitor and judge will benefit from a more useable guideline that more clearly defines the "ideal" which is the objective of a color standard. These proposals are a means of clarifying the current standard.

Breed Council Vote
YES: 30
NO: 14

Breed Council Action: Passed
CFA Board of Directors: Passed (effective 5/01/02)


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