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The Turkish Van is a naturally occurring semi-longhaired breed from the rugged region of Turkey, centered on Lake Van where the climate varies in extremes. Known for its unique, distinct pattern, they are treasured in their homeland and not readily available for export. The Turkish Van is a solidly built semi –longhaired cat with a great breadth of chest, substantial body and legs demonstrating its strength and power. The breed takes three to five years to reach maturity; therefore allowances must be made for age and gender. Individual cats should convey an overall impression of balance and proportion and a strong appearance in which no one feature is exaggerated. They are an intelligent and alert cat; some may handle better with all four feet on a solid surface.
The Tonkinese is a modern revival of an ancient cat, derived from Siamese to Burmese breeding, relaxed, friendly and outgoing temperament. The ideal Tonkinese is not extreme in any aspect of its appearance and should be a beautifully balanced cat of intermediate type. It is elegant with a lithe and firmly muscled torso that is neither cobby nor svelte. It is medium in size; balance and proportion are of greater importance than type. Reach their peak around 2 years of age.
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This breed is loving, glittered, medium-sized shorthair companion cat reminiscent of the big cats in pattern, type confidence and movement that came out of the Bengal breeding program. Toyger’s are uniquely beautiful cat willing and able to thrive in human-centered life. Companionability traits such as dependable, quiet temperament, laid-back personality, intelligent and easily trained and handled are all important and desirable and an integral part of the breed profile and standard.
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The Turkish Angora is an ancient naturally occurring cat thought to originate from the mountainous regions of Turkey. The Turkish Angora was widely used in Persian breeding programs and was nearly lost as a pure breed until controlled breeding programs were introduced into Turkey. The Turkish Angora is a well balanced, graceful cat with a fine, silky coat that shimmers with movement. They have a long muscular body with fine bones. They are active, intelligent and outgoing cats.
Somali (Abyssinian Longhair)
The name is fanciful as the breed was developed in the USA by the retention of longhaired kittens produced by the Abyssinian. The Somali is a well-balanced cat of foreign type and medium build, regal in appearance, lithe, hard, and muscular with a well-ticked semi-longhair coat. Should appear eager and active, shows a lively interest in its surroundings.
Sphynx is a popular breed in Europe, and particularly in France and the Netherlands. It is said that the hairless cat originated in Mexico in the pre-Colombian era. The Sphynx appears to be a naked cat, but in reality it is not truly hairless. Sphynx are sweet-tempered, lively and intelligent and above all amenable to handling.
The Thai is intended to be both the living equivalent of the original “Wichien-maat” of ancient Siam and the “marten-faced” Siamese of early 20th century America and Europe the Thai is a medium-large pointed cat of foreign type reflecting its Thai origins. Thais are well balanced cats with no extremes and a unique
Singapura is the Malaysian name for Singapore Island and also designates a true common cat that walks the streets of the capital. In 1975 the breed was imported to California and developed from there. The Singapura is an alert medium to small-sized ticked tabby cat of foreign type with a striking face with noticeably large eyes and ears. The coat gives an impression of a refined and delicate colouring.
These cats were created by crossings between LaPerms and Munchkins. They have been called "the Shirley Temple of the cat world". They are essentially Rex coated
Munchkins as opposed to short-legged LaPerms as after the first generation breeders do not generally breed back to LaPerms. They are playful, people loving and kittenish, even as adults.
The Snowshoe is as individual as snowflakes, no two ever identical, the snowshoe breed is one of the rare cat breeds in the world. The breed originated in the late 1960s when Dorothy Hinds Daugherty of Kensing cattery (USA) had a chance litter between a siamese and an American shorthair that produced three pointed kittens with mittens and boots. Intrigued, she commenced work turning these charming cats into a breed. Her work was taken up by breeders in the 1970s and today there is an upsurge of interest in these magical cats as cat lovers discover their charm, human orientation, family friendliness, and high intelligence combined with unique beauty.
A fairly new breed, developed in 1987 in Wyoming USA. The Selkirk Rex is likened to a poodle or sheep and is known as being debonair though playful. The Selkirk Rex is different to the other Rexes in that its “rexing” is the result of a dominant gene affecting the guard, down and awn hairs and shows loose individual curls. As the original Selkirk Rex carried the longhair gene, the Selkirk Longhair is part of the breed group. As it takes up to 2 years for the coat to develop, kittens are mainly judged on head and body type.
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Siamese including Seychellois
Siamese were thought to have originated in Thailand in the 13th century. In Siam ownership of this beautiful cat was restricted to members of the Royal family. The ideal cat is a beautifully balanced svelte and elegant animal with long tapering lines, supple and well muscled. These slender cats have a surprising weight, with eyes a brilliant blue with an alert and inquisitive expression.
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Siberian including Neva Masquerade
The Siberian is said to be Russia’s native forest cat with records dating back to the year 1000 but it was not until the 1980s that the Russian Cat Fancy decided to define the modern Siberian Cat. This is a cat that was born to survive the harsh Russian winters and has no extremes in type The Siberian is a medium to medium-large cat demonstrating overall strength, presence and alertness with a sweet facial expression. They are slow to mature taking as long as 5 years. Females are smaller than males and this should be considered when comparing the standard for young cats and females. Size is secondary to type. They give a general impression of roundness and circles rather than rectangles or triangles.
The Russian may have derived its name from Russian merchants who travelled the seas trading with England in the late 19th century. This popular cat was shown extensively at the Crystal Palace Shows in the 1850s. Originally the Russian cats were blue cats. Now there are Russian Blue, Russian White or Russian Black cats. They are all elegant cats of foreign type with a distinctive double coat, only seen in this breed.
The Scottish Fold occurred as a spontaneous mutation in farm cats in Scotland and has been established by crosses to British Shorthair and Domestic cats in Scotland and England; in America to American and British Shorthair. Special attention should be given to the flexibility of legs and tail. Longhairs were developed in the USA A gently, fun-loving cat with ears set in a cap-like fashion. Always inquisitive and loves human company
Developed during the breeding of Scottish Fold and British Shorthair, this breed has pert ears.
The Pixiebob is a relatively recent domestic breed that originated in the Northwestern United States. This is a medium to large-sized, muscular, brawny cat that was intentionally bred to closely resemble the wild Coastal Red Bobcat found in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Pixiebobs come in both long-haired and short-haired varieties, the short-haired Pixiebobs have a wooly thick double coat, giving them a pleasant padded feel when they are petted. The long-haired Pixiebobs have a long, silky coat with beautiful dark lines and spots throughout. The preferred Pixiebob is a spotted brown tabby ranging in shades from creamy to rich tawny to a deeper, more reddish brown. One of the more unusual characteristics of the Pixiebob is that polydactylism is common within the breed. Polydactylism means having up to seven toes extra toes.
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A group of breeders broke away from Ann Baker in 1993 so could no longer use the ‘Ragdoll’ name; they had been breeding all colours and patterns and chose the name RagaMuffin because they were descended from the urchin cats of Riverside.
The breed was created in 1960s The overall impression of a cat relaxed in temperament, easy to handle, large, powerful, imposing, distinctively marked and of striking appearance. The ideal Ragdoll is a well-balanced cat with no extreme features. Ragdolls are slow maturing, reaching full coat and colour in approximately 3 years
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The Oriental Shorthair originated in England from a cross between a Siamese and an unregistered black longhair. The ideal cat is a beautifully balanced svelte and elegant animal with long tapering lines, supple and well-muscled. These slender cats have a surprising weight, with eyes brilliant green with an alert and inquisitive expression..
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The world’s most famous breed originating in Persia and imported to Italy in the 17th century. Balance and refinement are the essence of the breed where all parts come together in a harmonious whole the ideal Persian should present an impression of a heavily boned, well-balanced cat, with a sweet expression and soft round lines.
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The Peterbald cat was developed in 1994 in Russia from a mating between a Donskoy cat to an Oriental Shorthair It was found to have a hair losing gene. The Peterbald is an elegant medium size cat. The important aspect of this cat is the coat, which may vary from being bald, to velour, to brush.
A short legged, stocky cat with heavy boning, round head, and round eyes with a colourful coat. They can be long or shorthaired. They are fun, playful cats who are as agile as long legged cats and very intelligent. Litters can have both short-legged (standard) and long-legged (Non standard).
Norwegian Forest Cat
The breed originated as a natural outdoor hunter in the Norwegian forests who survived the harsh conditions. The appearance of this cat should reflect his natural heritage, and is a substantial but elegant semi-longhaired cat with an alert expression. The most important features are type and coat quality. Maturing slowly, full development of the cat can take up to four years to 6 years and kittens can take up to 6 months to develop guard hairs.
The Ocicat is a medium-large well-spotted agouti cat of moderate type. Although well-muscled and solid it is also graceful and lithe. Ocicat is a combination of the words “ocelot” (a spotted wild cat of the Americas) and “cat”.
The Mandalay is a full colour expression Burmese cat and as such, type must conform in every way to the Burmese Standard, the only differences occurring in coat and eye colour. The relationship to Burmese is the same as Oriental and Siamese are to one another. The GCCF in England classifies the full expression Burmese as the Asian group. The Mandalay is an independent, gentle, fun loving and highly intelligent cat whose strength and endurance is a positive influence of the breed.
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Is it the Leprechaun’s myth, or did the cat’s name derive from its native Isle of Man. We may never know, but the Manx was very popular in England in the late 19th century and is rare breed today. The breed is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation caused by a dominant autosomal gene
Munchkin Shorthair or Longhair
In 1983 Sandra Hochenedel of Louisiana discovered a short-leg cat she called Blackberry. The short legs are caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation which results in hypochondroplasty affecting the long bones only with the rest of the cat normal size. They are outgoing, friendly and intelligent, as agile as other breeds of cat and they respond well to being handled. The Munchkin is a small to small-medium, semi-foreign in type, with distinctive short legs. They are as varied in colour and pattern as the domestic and apart from the short legs exhibit no extremes as the breed has been established with augmentation by out crossing to domestic and appropriate pedigree cats. They exhibit shortening and may have slight bowing of the long bones; this does not hamper mobility. The spine is unaffected and similar in form and flexibility to other cat breeds. image by animaleyes.com
A rare cat even in Thailand, the country of origin, and because of its unusual fine disposition is greatly loved by the Thai people who regard it as a good luck cat.
La Perm Shorthair and Longhair
The La Perm originated in Oregon in 1982 when a kitten born bald subsequently developed a unique curly coat. It is a naturally occurring autosomal dominant mutation. Because of its curly coat, high neck and smallish head it has been called the Alpaca Cat. The La Perm is a medium sized curly coated cat with a semi-foreign body. The La Perm Shorthair differs only in hair length. Coat texture is distinctly different from other rex mutations and will vary within the breed. All parts of the body are in harmonic proportions. There is surprising weight for size. La Perms are alert, walk tall and are renowned for their friendly personality.
The Maine Coon is a semi-longhaired cat that has evolved its unique appearance through its adaptation to the harsh winters and varied seasons of North America’s New England region. A working cat with a powerful rugged appearance Maine Coons are a large breed with substantial boning, and a long rectangular and muscular body. An overall appearance of balance with no exaggeration is desired. This breed has a characteristic smooth but shaggy coat that has been adapted to varied environments. The Maine Coon should display a pleasant disposition. Quality should never be sacrificed for size. The Maine Coon takes up to four to five years to fully mature and allowances should be made for younger cats and adult females may be considerably smaller than males.
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Known in the East since the 11th century, the Japanese Bobtail is a highly honored, venerated cat and symbol of luck and happiness in Japan. These cats are depicted with their front paw raised and have been portrayed by artists many times over the centuries. The Japanese bobtail should present the overall impression of a medium-sized cat with long clean lines and bone structure, well-muscled, but straight and slender rather than massive in build. Its short tail should resemble a bunny tail with the hair fanning out to create a pom-pom appearance, which effectively disguises the underlying bone structure of the tail. The cat can be shorthair or longhair.
The ideal cat is a semi-longhair, beautifully balanced svelte and elegant animal with long tapering lines, supple and well muscled. These slender cats have a surprising weight. Eyes brilliant green with an alert and inquisitive expression. Was obtained recently by crossing Oriental Shorthairs and Balinese.
The Kinkalow is a hybrid breed created by crossing the American Curl with the Munchkin. The breed founder was Terri Harris, who introduced them to TICA in 1997 where they were granted Experimental status. A group of breeders in Australia and New Zealand have embarked upon a breeding program to re-create this charming little cat breed to Australasia. The Kinkalow inherits the kitten like nature well into adulthood from the American Curl and their confident outgoing loving nature of the Munchkin.
The Elf is a hybrid breed developed by crossing the American Curl with the Sphynx. The resulting progeny are then taken back to the Sphynx to attain the baldness required of the breed. The distinctive feature of the Elf is their unique, attractive curled ears and nakedness. The Elf appears to be a hairless cat, although it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois. It may be covered with very fine down which is almost imperceptible to both the eye and the touch. On the ears, muzzle, tail, feet and scrotum, short, soft, fine hair is allowed. Lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. Whiskers may be present; either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cat should not be small or dainty. Males may be up to 25 percent larger so long as proper proportions are maintained. The Elf is sweet-tempered, lively, intelligent and above all amenable to handling.
Exotic (Persian) Shorthair
An American variety produced in the 1950s by careful selective breeding using outstanding American Shorthairs and the best Persian cats. The Exotic is a solid balanced cat with a massive head in proportion to its body, which should be short and cobby with broad chest, short sturdy legs, large paws and a short full tail.
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Originated in the United Kingdom in the early 60s when a white cat accidentally mated with a Siamese producing the beautiful, elegant Foreign White we know today. The ideal cat is a beautifully balanced svelte and elegant animal with long tapering lines, supple and well muscled. These slender cats have a surprising weight, eyes brilliant blue with an alert and inquisitive expression.
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The Cymric was selectively bred in North America. It has been reported that the first Cymric appeared in litters of pedigreed Manx in Canada in the 1960s. This tailless cat originating on the Isle of Man, the Cymric is a semi-Longhair cat with a cobby body.
The Devon Rex originated in Devon, England in 1960 and was called Kirlee. A medium sized curly-coated cat with a lovely mischievous expression of his head and an elfin (pixie) look. The Devon is alert and active and shows a lively interest in its surroundings.
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Princess Troubetskoy introduced the first Mau, a natural breed, into the United States in 1957 from Egypt. They are said to have typical Egyptian type.
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The Cheetoh is the newest blend of pedigree cat, utilizing very specific bloodlines of the Bengal and the Ocicat, by Carol Drymon of Wind Haven Exotics, U.S. the first litters arrived in 2003. The cheetoh has a super affectionate nature and real love for their human companions, they areintelligent with the ability to learn quickly. Their amazing coat pattern consists of lots of spots and a few stripes for good measure, replicating the look of their wild counterparts The head is slightly chiseled and the ears are more prominent than the Bengal. They walk with a lower front stance and higher at the back, a generous sized cat with males being more musclular with thick necks and solid bodies, 7kg fully grown. The female has a slightly smaller frame but is still a good size when compared to the average moggy.
The companion cat is an altered feline of unknown ancestry or of known or obvious pedigree, which is not eligible to be shown in pedigree classes. They are judged in the following groups: Domestic – any cat not looking like a purebred (your basic alley or moggy cat). Part pedigree – a pedigree cat that cannot be shown in the pedigree class because does not comply with the standard e.g. mismarked, wrong pattern.
The first Cornish Rex originated in Cornwall, England in 1950 on a farm and was called Kallibunker and the breed developed from there. The Cornish Rex is an elegant fine-boned medium sized cat with a curly coat without guard hairs. By nature the Cornish Rex is intelligent, alert and generally likes to be handled..
The origins of the Burmese may be questionable, but legend has it that Manuscripts from Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam, dating to the sixteen and seventeenth century depict cats that resemble today’s Burmese (extract from The Cat Encyclopedia). Burmese were first recognised in 1936 as a breed and today is a household name. The Burmese is an independent, gentle, fun loving and highly intelligent cat whose strength and endurance is a positive influence of the breed..
The Burmilla cat originated in the United Kingdom as a result of an accidental mating between a Chinchilla Persian and a Lilac Burmese. The Burmilla is an elegant Agouti silver cat of foreign type, in the shaded and tipped coat patterns.
This breed is very old. Its short woolly coat is said to have been sold as otter fur in ancient times. Bred by the Carthusian Monks in the monastery, the La Grand Chartreux.
A deep mystical tale is written about the original Birman and his master. The white paws are a symbol of purity. A gentle and affectionate cat, but also quiet and peaceful with a soft voice, this cat is a favorite and is very impressive with their brilliant blue eyes and white gloves
This breed was originally a hybrid between Burmese and American Shorthair with an unmistakable look of its own, known as the miniature “black panther” of the cat world. In Australia the introduction of Black British was used in the breeding program in place of the American Shorthair. Friendly, alert, and an outgoing cat, muscular and with a surprising weight for its size.
The British Shorthair is the native cat of Britain that was seen in every street, taken from rags to riches through its development from the 19th century. British shorthairs are a compact, and well balanced, powerful cat, with an alert appearance and in perfect physical condition.
This breed is named after Balinese dancers because of their elegance and gracefulness. The ideal cat is a semi-longhair, beautifully balanced svelte and elegant animal with long tapering lines, supple and well muscled. These slender cats have a surprising weight eyes brilliant blue with an alert and inquisitive expression.
Bambino - Experimental
Bambinos are the deliberate hybrid from a sphynx and munchkin they are short legs and no coat although not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of Chamois. They maybe covered with a fine down that is almost imperceptible to the eye and touch.
The goal of the Bengal breeding program is to create a domestic cat which has physical features distinctive to the small forest-dwelling wild cats, specifically the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionalurus Bengalensis) but with the loving, dependable temperament of the domestic cat. Keeping this goal in mind judges shall give special merit to those characteristics in the appearance of the Bengal, which are distinct from those found in other domestic breeds. The conformation gives the Bengal cat a basic feral appearance. Its luxurious coat has the distinct and special soft feel.
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The Arabian Mau is the native domesticated cat of the Arabian Peninsula and Arabian Gulf region. It is believed to have been present in the area for 1,000 years.
Ms Petra- Khadija Mueller conducted a 5 year study of the breed in the UAE / Dubai and in 2008 the Arabian Mau received breed recognition by the World Cat Federation (WCF).
The Australian Mist was the first breed to be developed exclusively in Australia from Burmese, Abyssinian and Domestic Shorthair ancestry. First recognised for championship status 1986 and is now recognised by all WCF affiliates. The Australian Mist is a well-balanced cat of moderate type, with no tendency to extremes in any characteristic. Facial expression is open and generous. Should feel firm with rounded contours..
The Australian Tiffanie breed was developed in Australia in the late nineties from the Burmilla Breeding Program. Enthusiasts decided to develop this breed separately from the Burmilla longhair by breeding back to the Chinchilla Persian. The Australian Tiffanie is a semi-longhair cat with a silky tipped or shaded coat in silver or golden, and their temperament is sweet and gentle. A medium sized cat, substantial in body and bone.
One of the oldest known breeds, the Abyssinian was thought to originate in Egypt. Geneticists now believe the true origins are in parts of S.E. Asia and along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The Abyssinian was named after the first cat that was exhibited in England which had come from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia) in the nineteenth century. The Abyssinian is a well-balanced cat of foreign type, and medium build, regal in appearance, lithe, hard, and muscular with a well-ticked short coat. Should appear eager and active, shows a lively interest in its surroundings.
The American Curl is a medium-built, well-balanced cat, semi-foreign in type. The American Curl is the result of a spontaneous ear mutation in the domestic cat population of the United States. The first such cat was found in Southern California in 1981 and named "Shulamith". The distinctive feature of the American Curl breed is their unique, attractive curled ears. American Curls are a well-balanced, moderately muscled,
medium built cat. They are alert and active with gentle, even dispositions.
The Aphrodite's Giants are based on the oldest documented cat that lived tame with humans. Found in a Stone Age grave with a skeleton similar to the Aphrodite's Giants cats living today on the island of Cyprus. At the UC Davis laboratories in the USA; Dr Leslie Lyons worked on a Genetics research program that has produced a specific fingerprint for purebred cats. 30 Aphrodite's Giants were also investigated and shown genetically. From the basis of DNA scans, Dr. Lyons has agreed that the genetic fingerprint of the
Aphrodite's Giants is very consistent and could be recognized on this basis as a breed.
Lead tutor and international All Breed Judge
Tutor International All Breed Judges
National All Breed Judges
National Speciality Judges
Alison McConnel- VIC
Jane Van Dyk
I have been involved with just about every aspect of showing from secretary of breed clubs to chief cat show lugger & helper to steward. I am currently Waratah National Cat Alliance’s treasurer & have been since the start of Waratah. I still really enjoy stewarding as you get to meet the most wonderful people & you can never stop learning from other judge’s knowledge & experience.
I I have been an All Siamese/Oriental Group Judge since 1999 and am currently training to be an Australian National Catsl All Shorthair Judge. I breed all Siamese/Oriental type and occasionally breed Scottish Folds and Scottish Shorthairs. Presently, I live on a property in Meredith. Victoria (1/2 way between Geelong and Ballarat).
I first became owned by a Siamese in the 1980’s, a Christmas present to myself.
My introduction to the REAL Cat Show World was my first show where I was succonded to the Ticket Room, I have been actively involved in shows and clubs ever since. Started my approved Bi-Colour breeding programme in the early 1990’s under the Two-Tone Prefix.
late 2011 MY VERY SPECIAL Boy arrived from Marritt in Finland , his name is Purrple and is Seychellois (Bicolour Siamese) he will be shown with ANCAATS in 2012. 2008 is a very special year for Two-Tone, as a beautiful Chocolate/White Bi-Colour Oriental boy named Felides Vivres Delifurry (101) bred by Yvonne Kleijn will be arriving from The Netherlands. I have great hopes that the inclusion of Dutch, French, (other European) and USA lines that this boy has in his pedigree will benefit the Siamese/Oriental group and encourage more Breeders to breed the beautiful Bi-Colours.
I breed all Siamese/Oriental type and occasionally breed Scottish Folds and Burmese.
TWO-TONE BI-COLOUR ORIENTALS & SIAMESE. CLYDEBANK SCOTTISH FOLD & SCOTTISH SHORTHAIR.
I I have had cats alI my life. I was given my first Pedigree cat when I was 7, a Tawny Abby called Kobi, and was given his best friend, a Black British called Mischief. My first foray in to showing and breeding was with Ragdolls, under my prefix IceRegal, then moving to Persians. I have also breed and shown Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Welsh Mountain Ponies and Welsh Cobs, having wins at Sydney Royal and various Specialty Shows. After a short break from the cat world due to loss of my beloved Persian, Meg, I returned to resume showing and stewarding, while working towards my judging license. I am immensely proud to have completed my Long and Semi Longhaired training, and have commenced my Shorthair training
I emigrated from the UK in 1968 with my family and was never allowed any animals. I soon rescued a kitten from the Cat Haven once I left home and my love of cats began. I started breeding Birmans in the late 80's but then discovered Ragdolls and became one of the early pioneers of the breed. I have helped take this magnificent breed from those early days to where it is today through breeding, seminars, mentoring etc.
It was on a trip to the US to buy a breeding pair of Ragdolls that I met Anne Baker, the Founder of the Ragdoll breed and also met my first Sphynx and my love took over for that breed as well. I pioneered the Sphynx breed in Australia and have taken it to where it is today together with the help of some very good breeders. I am a qualified steward and took on my judging as I wanted to give back to the Cat Fancy, especially ANCATS the knowledge and joy it has given me.
I am very proud to say that I am now an All breeds Judge.
In 1977 I received approval from the RAS Cat Club of NSW (later NSWCFA)to develop Australia’s own breed of pedigree cat. (Spotted, later Australian Mist). Since that time I have pursued this dream to full realisation, with the 25th Anniversary of full register status being celebrated in 2011. Australian Mist are now recognised all round the world, with TICA the most recent to do so. I have been involved in Cat Politics, being on the Management Committee of the RASCC (later NSWCFA) for 9 years, and Editor of their Journal for 6. On relocating to Victoria in 2001 I joined FCCV, and was appointed to their Management Committee. In both States I represented my cat body on State advisory committees.
I trained as a Judge in NSW and Victoria, and have judged in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and SA.
I have written extensively on cat husbandry and breeding practice, culminating, with guidance from my vet and mentor Dr Karen Hedberg, in the publication of ‘Breeding Cats ….a practical guide’.
While I have been an active exhibitor and breeder of both Australian Mist and Maine Coon, I have in recent years downsized considerably, but continue to breed on a much smaller scale, to conform with new State regulations.
Hi my name is Les Pitkin, I live in Queensland with my wife Karen. I started breeding in 1990, under the prefix KALEM breeding Persians(colour points), then two years later started breeding Exotic shorthairs and much later the Devon Rex.
Due to bad health, I had to retire and that's when I started my judges training and became a Longhair judge in 2005, two years later 2007 completed my Siamese/Oriental and partially completed other shorthair in Cats Qld, later finishing all breeds with ANCATS. We still show an exotic desexed.
I am now privileged to judge all breeds nationally.
Phone: (07) 38072659
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org cheers Les
I was introduced to breeding Beautiful Burmese by Veema deGaris of Kenden Sable Cattery and I still have a love affair with these fabulous felines. Barbara Walcott of Sepaki Cattery involved me with her "Cats of Australia" book and I fell in love with the Terrific Tonkinese. Now I am actively showing and promoting both breeds and find joy and pleasure for owning, exhibiting and breeding these wonderful cats.
As a diversional therapist, the cats have come to work to give pleasure and comfort to some of Australia’s Senior Citizens. Both breeds are very popular and the residents are rewarded with improved health and well being by petting these cats.
I have judged in all states of Australia and New Zealand. Waratah has provided the forum that gives me pleasure in judging, breeding and exhibiting these marvelous cats.
Jane Van Dyk
have been breeding Burmese and Mandalays since 1993, and judging since 2001.
I originally trained in All Shorthair with the NZCF, and finished All Breeds with ANCATS.
Cinnamon colour Burmese and Mandalays are my passion, and have been extensively involved in Rod Hitchmough’s cinnamon burmese programme, introducing this colour into Australia after relocating country.
Recently, I welcomed a beautiful Siamese girl from Hetty into our family and look forward to working with a new breed.
I have served on the NZCF Executive and Breed Standards Committee, and currently serving on the ANCATS Breed Standards Committee.
Melbourne is my home, with my two adult children and feline friends.
Commenced judging 1994
Cats have always been my favourite animal and actually even like the creepy crawly animals like lizards and spiders, frogs as well all domestic and wildlife species which have always been a part of both my personal and working life. Of course, I do have the world’s greatest love affair with Burmese, which I have owned since I was seven years old as a child in America and bred in Australia since the early seventies.
I did become a judge upon my husband encouragement as the cat fancy was a great hobby and good company and so have done most work at show including show secretary, steward, and finally judge. My greatest dream would be to see a united international cat fancy with everyone respecting each other and tolerance for all domestic cats.
Hi My name’s Nancy Lowthe. I live in Perth W.A. I commenced breeding and showing Siamese Cats together with my Mum in Ireland under the AINTREE Prefix in 1955.
We showed many cats to Champion Status including many Supremes ,including “CRUFTS’ 1969. I came to Australia where together with my husband Martin. We commenced breeding German Shepherd Dogs. We imported the Shepherd from Italy & Germany and were most successful with our breeding venture.
In the 1980’s I became a member of C.O.A.W.A. and commenced cat breeding ,Siamese , Orientals and Balinese. I went on to achieve mu Group 2 Panel licence. I pioneered the Bengal breed into W.A. 19 years ago and the new Peterbald breed into W.A. from Canada in 2010. I joined FCCWA where I studied for my all Shorthaired Licence and judged all Shorthairs at many Shows ,including two Nationals that were held in W.A.
I became a Member of ANCATS two years ago where I successfully achieved my all Shorthair Judges Licence. I have achieved Breeders Prefix of the Year for the past Five years I Beautiful Cats and enjoy Breeding Showing and Judging and soon hope to achieve my All Breeds Judging Licence
Cats have been part of my life, all my life – we had them as pets and as working cats in the farm sheds and stables. I have always had animals around me showing, breeding and Dog boarding kennels, cattle, as well as showing, judging and instructor in the equestrian world, and a wildlife carer. In the 1970’s I worked for the RAS (on Sydney Show ground), in the cat registry dept.
My interest in purebreds and showing came with the gift of a beautiful Maine Coon and so began my journey into the world of the cat fancy. I joined WNCA 2006 and have enjoyed showing, I completed the steward’s course and naturally judging is the next step. I love to encourage people to show their cats, as I feel it can be rewarding hobby for the very young, to show their friend, and the older people who just love their cats. I hope my entry into the cat world will assist in the betterment of the cat in future generations.
I hold a successful cat show in Cairns every year, which is growing in strength. Living in Cairns I sometimes feel away from the world, but the friends from WNCA (ANCats) have been wonderful and keep me up to date with all that is going on in our feline world. I am looking forward to becoming a judge and the continued learning about these beautiful animals.
My first introduction to the cat fancy was when a young friend gave me a Siamese kitten on the proviso that I showed him. He was a winner, so of course I bought a mate for him then started breeding and this was the start of it all! By 1989 I began one of the first experimental Tonkinese breeding programs in Australia, worked on improving the Balinese breed and commenced my all- shorthair judging studies under Pat Mercer. This was followed by undertaking my Longhair licence in 1992 and becoming an All Breeds judge.
I have judged in this capacity throughout Australia and also in New Zealand and Malaysia. Although I have also bred Burmese, Silver Orientals, Somalis and Birmans, my favourites are still the Siamese and Tonkinese. One of my 4th generation Tonkinese kittens was used to initiate the breed in South Africa and his descendants are now scattered throughout Europe.
Although now semi retired from judging, I am happy to judge at the local Townsville shows for ANCATS and an occasional 'away' show, having always been impressed by both their friendliness and tech-savvy show format.
Like so many people, my first purebred cat was a wonderful Siamese however, it was in 1977 that I fell in love with the Burmese and purchased my first breeding/show girl, registering my Zarlee prefix the same year. I exhibited and bred Burmese of all colours, winning Best in Show a number of times for 10 years. During this time I saw the Birman cat and I was hooked, so in 1982 a seal point Birman joined my family, followed by a number of imports. I achieved Best in Show awards with my Birmans both here and overseas.
It was during my trips to the continent that I discovered the beauty of the Fife Oriental and decided I just had to have one! So in 2011 I added the most divine bi–colour Oriental from Hungary to my home, followed by a beautiful black tabby and white Austrian bred Oriental girl and a locally grown tabby point Siamese.
My love of cats led me into the realm of judging. In 1997 I began my training and I am now a full licenced All Breed judge and a Tutor. I spent many years as an active participant and presenter at Judges conferences. I am honoured to be a Life member of the Birman Cat Club of Australasia after serving as President as well as running and processing their annual show for many years. I have been fortunate to have judged around most of Australia and New Zealand as well as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In this time I have been privileged to handle many truly beautiful felines.
I was reared in a semi-rural situation in NZ with cats (British Shorthair), dogs (Fox Terriers), cows, sheep, thoroughbred horses and a variety of poultry. My early days of showing involved horses and when I arrived in Australia in the late 1950’s began to show Terriers. Always having a Brit and the occasional Moggie I started to show a Bombay in 2002. I then bought a Show British Shorthair in 2006 and have been breeding and exhibiting both Bombays and British Shorthair since. I began judging Group 2 Cats in 2007 and became an All Breeds Judge in 2010.
My first passion has been the Siamese, with Jeff purchasing my first pedigree Siamese in 1968. From there it was a short leap into the show scene, and we have been part of the show scene since then. We had lived in S Australia, Tasmania and currently reside in Canberra.
From the first Seal Point we soon branched into other breeds and had bred and owned many of the breeds, having bred pedigree cat in all of the breed groups. We began experimental breeding in 1971, owning experimental Orientals, a love that has never been far from our hearts. We bred Persians and were early breeders of the Exotic Shorthair, breeding them to full register. Of course we cannot forge our other love, the Burmese and Abyssinian cat, where we bred the first chocolate and lilac Burmese in Tasmania. We also cannot leave out our involvement with the Abyssinian, with our famous stud boy, Absin Howzat being a benchmark in Abyssininan cat in the 80’s.
This began my involvement with judging, and now hold all breeds status and with my overseas judging appointments, have gained international judge status. I am licenced as a World Cat Federation judge.
Of late we have combined our love of the Siamese/Oriental with our newest arrival, the Peterbald, with our importation bringing the first of this breed into Australia. We are enjoying the learning curve this breed has bought to our lives, and are breeding them in the bi colour pattern.
During the week, I work as a special education high school teacher in the Canberra region.
With my wife, we commenced breeding and showing pedigree cats in 1968, and have enjoyed breeding cats in many breed groups, including Persian, ESH, Siamese/Oriental, Burmese and Abyssinan cats. We have had success over the years in breeding and owning many Cat of The Year award winners. Due to business affairs, we have lived in three states of Australia, and consequently, have gained enormous experience in different cat registries over this time.
I became a judge in 1989, later obtaining all breeds status. I am a World Cat Federation all breeds International Judge.
We have enjoyed judging in many states of Australia, Malaysia, and also in New Zealand for the two main breed registries in New Zealand. We have exported a number of our pedigree cats overseas, and on our trips overseas have been able to visit many shows and overseas breeders, with very a special trip to the Netherlands including a visit to the World Cat Congress show in Arneham.
Currently with our Oriental cats we are breeding odd eyed Orientals and bi colour Orientals and Siamese cats. Our passion recently has been our importation of the first Peterbald cat to Australia, an are thrilled to be breeding them in the bi colour pattern.
To fund this obsession, I work in the optical profession and own a retail outlet in Canberra.
Sue Martin is a breeder of Australian Mist. She was one of the formulator of the new judges course which is based on the VET (Vocational Education Training) and AQF (Australian Qualification Framework).
I completed my All Breeds Judges Training in 1976 and qualified for International status in 1978.Since I have judged extensively in every State of Australia and New Zealand -North and South Islands.
My overseas judging experience includes several tours in Europe, officiating at shows in Germany, France and Switzerland.
My first assignment in San Diego CA was a truly International show with Cats from the USA and Exhibitors and their Cats travelling over from Europe on the bench.
The next year I completed a compulsory American Cat Fanciers Assoc Inc judging exam and enjoyed several trips to the USA judging in California - Wisconsin - Virginia - Arizona and for ACFA Partners in Japan.
I have judged in most regions for ANCATS
I enjoy life in the fast line with Scottish Folds and one Ocicat from Colorado.
My passion for cats has been ongoing for over thirty years. I attained my first prefix in 1981. I have loved many breeds and started out breeding Siamese then Burmese and Russians.
After a short time living overseas, I returned to New Zealand where I fell in love with the fabulous LaPerm and the Munchkin, recently introduced to New Zealand. I have been smitten ever since, adding the charming Napoleon to the mix in 2012. I am also proud to be the mentor and breeding partner of friends who breed Abyssinians and Selkirk Rex.
I became a Shorthair Judge in 2002, a Shorthair Tutor in 2009 and an All Breeds Judge in 2012.
I have been involved in Club and Association administration for many years, culminating in being elected as Chairman of Catz Inc. twice.
New Zealand is often called the seventh state of Australia as we share so much with our close neighbour. This close alliance is one of the reasons I am proud to become an Ancats judge, where there is better opportunity to see a larger variety of felines than I see in New Zealand.
I have judged across Australia and the world. Apart from Australia the countries in which I have had the pleasure of judging include the UK, France, Belgium, Malaysia, USA, Japan Dubai and NZ. I am also a very active exhibitor and breeder at Bajimbi. I am involved in many TV shows with my cats. Along with Brian I was co founder of the Waratah State Cat Alliance in 1997, and proudly now ANCATS.
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Happy Wife Happy Life. My wife bought a female Manx and Male Cymric from New Zealand as there was not any in Australia at the time, with the thought of breeding cats that were free of defect ( a long and painful story we are happy to talk about).
We meet Sue and Dick Wye and with me supporting my wifes new hobby I was volunteered as a Steward . After a few shows I asked to start my judging course, which has helped with improving our Manx line.
We live in Tropical North Queensland in Townsville.
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