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Breeding Policy for Exotic Shorthair Cats

Introduction

This Document is seen as a way of ensuring breeders, both experienced and novice, observe what is considered as 'best practice' in the management of their breeding programmes.
This Document contains recommendations and guidelines only.

 

Aims

The aim of this policy is to protect the integrity of each breed colour from undesirable characteristics inherited from another colour group, whilst allowing maximum freedom of matings to ensure health and fertility of the Exotic Shorthair breed and also to enable full development of the many colours and patterns possible.

General Recommendations

  1. Cats used for breeding should be healthy, of good temperament and free from defects as listed in the G.C.C.F. Guide to Vetinary Defects.
  2. It is desirable to select cats of good size and bone for breeding programmes.
  3. To maintain the integrity of eye colour, matings should be avoided between cats of different eye colour whenever possible.
  4. Longhair (Persian Type) cats should be used as an integral part of any breeding programme in order to maintain type, conformation and quality of coat.
  5. It is recommended that cats which carry a trait harmful to another breed programme should not be used in a programme other than that into which they were born, eg. it is not desirable to use a White in a Bi-Colour breeding programme.
  6. A cat should only be registered as a Tabby if it has an Agouti parent.

  7. The following cats are Agouti:-
    • Chinchilla LH
    • Cameo LH (see note 1*)
    • Tipped
    • Shaded Silver (see note 1*)
    • Brown (Seal in a Colourpointed) or Blue Tabby
    • Chocolate or Lilac Tabby
    • Red or Cream Tabby (see note 2*)
  • Notes
    1. * Can be Agouti, but are not always - ask the breeders of this cat's parents if you are in doubt. An Agouti Cameo will often throw easily identifiable Tabbies such as Blue or Brown.
    2. * Some registered as such are in fact Selfs. One can easily check back on the pedigree, remembering that Agouti cannot be carried, so if your 'Tabby' goes back on a pedigree to two non-Agouti parents, it is a Self. These cats will not produce true Tabby unless they are mated to an Agouti.

Recommended Matings for the Five Longhair Colour Groups

      Notes for novices
  • If you are breeding Blacks, Reds, Blues, Creams, Chocolates, Lilacs or White, your breeding programme is self. You may have to use Colourpoint carriers in a Chocolate programme due to the small gene pool available. Chocolate programmes should be kept separate to other programmes due to the recessive genes involved.
  • If you are breeding Agouti Tabbies with the above (excluding White), your breeding programme will be Tabby/Spotted. Non-Agouti 'Red Tabbies' will be bred as self as they cannot produce an Agouti offspring unless mated to an Agouti.
  • If you are breeding any Smoke, Tipped or Silver Tabby your breeding programme will be Tipped/Smoke.
  • If you are breeding Colourpointed cats with your Self cats, or with other Colourpointeds only, your breeding programme will be Colourpointed.
  • If you are breeding Tortoiseshells, Blue-Creams, Chocolate Tortoiseshells, Lilac-Creams, Bi or Tri-Colours your breeding programme will be Patched.

SELF BREEDING PROGRAMME

BREEDING PROGRAMME MATINGS RECOMMENDED MATINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
All colours except White Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
White
Tabby/Spotted
Smoke/Silver Series
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Bi/Tri-Colour
White Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
Tabby/Spotted
Smoke/Silver Series
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Patched Group
White
Chocolate Series


TABBY/SPOTTED BREEDING PROGRAMME
BREEDING PROGRAMME MATINGS RECOMMENDED MATINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
All colours except
Silver Series & Colourpointed
Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
Bi/Tri-Colour
Tabby/Spotted
White
Silver Series
Colourpointed or CP carrier


TIPPED/SMOKED BREEDING PROGRAMME
BREEDING PROGRAMME MATINGS RECOMMENDED MATINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
Tipped (green eyed) Tipped (green eyed)
Chinchilla Longhair
Orange eyed cats
White
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Tipped & Smoke (orange eyed) Tipped (orange eyed)
Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
Cameo Longhair
Smoke
Green eyed cats
White
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Tabby/Spotted
Bi/Tri-Colour
Silver Series (green eyed) Silver Series (green eyed) Orange eyed cats
White
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Silver Series (orange eyed) Silver Series (orange eyed)
Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
Tabby/Spotted
Green eyed cats
White
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Bi/Tri-Colour


COLOURPOINTED BREEDING PROGRAMME
BREEDING PROGRAMME MATINGS RECOMMENDED MATINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
All colours Colourpointed or CP carrier
Self (all colours except White)
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate/Lilac-Cream (in a Choc. prog.)
Tabby/Spotted
White
Smoke/Silver Series
Bi/Tri-Colour


PATCHED BREEDING PROGRAMME
BREEDING PROGRAMME MATINGS RECOMMENDED MATINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate Tortoiseshell/Lilac-Cream
Self
(all colours except White)
White
Smoke/Silver Series
Colourpointed or CP carrier
Bi/Tri-Colour
Tabby/Spotted
Bi/Tri-colour Self (all colours except White)
Tabby/Spotted
Bi/Tri-Colour
Tortoiseshell/Blue-Cream
Chocolate/Lilac-Cream (in a Chocolate programme)
White
Silver Series
Bi/Tri-Colour
Colourpointed or CP carrier

 

In this document ‘Exotic’ shall describe all shorthaired Exotic cats and ‘Exotic Longhair’ shall describe all longhaired Exotic cats.
 

Definitions

The Full Register
The Full Register is for Exotic cats of colours/patterns recognised for Champion status that have in their preceding three generations (parent, grand-parents, great grand-parents) Exotic or Persian cats of colours/patterns recognised for Championship status or Exotic Longhair cats of colour/pattern as recognised for Exotics with Championship status.


The Supplementary Register
The Supplementary Register is for Exotic cats of colour/pattern recognised for Championship status that have in any of in their preceding three generations (parent, grand-parent, great grand-parent) Exotic, Persian or Exotic Longhair cats of colours/patterns granted at least Provisional recognition.

The Supplementary Register is also for Exotic cats of colour/pattern granted at least Provisional recognition that have at least one parent registered on the Experimental Register and of colour/pattern granted Provisional status. If one of the parents is not registered on the Experimental Register, that parent shall have in the preceding three generations (parent, grand-parent, great grand-parent) Exotic, Persian or Exotic Longhair cats of colours/patterns granted at least Provisional recognition.

NOTE: Exotic cats with British Shorthair parents, grand-parents or great grand-parents that were eligible for Challenge Certificates on 25 October 2000 shall continue to be so and so shall their suitable progeny for three generations from 25 October 2000. Suitable progeny born during this three generation exemption period shall be placed on the Supplementary Register. Thereafter, the Policy above shall become fully effective.

Progeny of cats on this Register shall automatically be placed on the Full Register when the criteria for entry to the Full Register are met.


The Experimental Register
The Experimental Register is for Exotic cats of colour/pattern that have been granted Preliminary status.

Exotic cats shall move automatically from the Experimental Register to the Supplementary Register, when Provisional recognition of their colour/pattern is granted.


The Reference Register
The Reference Register shall be for the registration of the following groups of cats:

1.The Longhaired progeny of Exotic or Exotic Longhair and Exotic, Exotic Longhair or Persian of colour/pattern as recognised for Exotic cats of colours/patterns that have been granted at least preliminary status shall be registered on the Reference Register as Exotic Longhairs unless otherwise directed by a Persian Registration Policy.

2.Exotic and Exotic Longhair of unrecognised (i.e. not yet granted Preliminary recognition) colours or patterns, that have in the proceeding 3 generations only Exotic, Exotic Longhair or Persian cats shall be registered on the Reference Register providing that the requirements of an Exotic BAC approved breeding programme have been met. Exotic or Exotic Longhair cats of unrecognised colour or pattern that do not meet an Exotic BAC approved breeding programme shall be registered as “no recognised breed” with no progression.

3.Cats that have in any of their preceding three generations (parent, grand-parent, great grand-parent) a cat or cats of another breed section shall not be registered as an Exotic or Exotic Longhair unless the requirements within an Exotic BAC approved breeding programme are met.

4.Cats that have in any of their preceding three generations (parent, grand-parent, great grand-parent) a cat or cats that are unregistered shall not be registered on the Exotic Register.

June 2008

 

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