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TICA British Breed Group (BS/BL)
The British Shorthair (BS) and British Longhair (BL) are powerful cats; semi-cobby,
wide and firm in body. Their round face has a sweet, open expression.
CATEGORIES: Traditional and Pointed
Traditional colors typically have bronze, copper, gold, yellow, green, or hazel eyes. Dominant white cats or cats exhibiting the white spotting factor may have one or both eyes partially or completely blue. Dominant white cats may also have aqua eye color, as they may be genetically cb /cs . Preference is to be given to deeper, richer, more vibrant tones. Individual breed standards may be more restrictive, requiring a single or specific eye color or shade. Traditional coat colors do not dramatically change in intensity with age.
Pointed colors have blue to violet eyes, with deeper color preferred. Kittens are born almost white and develop color on the points while remaining pale and creamy colored on the body. Body color often darkens with age, but not to the extent of the corresponding minks. Body shading, if any, should be in the tone of the point color. In the pointed category, darker spots may develop over pressure points such as the hips, especially in older cats. Points of injury or resulting from other causes of recent hair loss (e.g. on the breast area of recently nursing queens) may show similar color changes.
PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: None. （Outcross not allowed)
Shape: Round, a series of 3 circles defines the head 1st broad round muzzle, 2nd broad round head and 3rd full round chubby cheeks. Broad, wide cheek bones with smooth transition to muzzle, great width at eye level. Rounded front and top head, well rounded from any angle. Large in males, medium in females.
Ears: Small to medium, broad at the base and rounded. Set wide apart on the rounded top head, but not extreme or flared.
Eyes: Large, round, level in head, set wide apart to show width of nose. Intense, eye color preferred. Color conforms to coat color with exception of silver division where copper is accepted as well as green. Eye shape is more important than color.
Muzzle+Chin: Heavy muzzle with great width and smooth transition towards the cheekbones. Firm chin in line with nose, completing the circle of the face.
Profile+Nose: Short straight snub nose, stop, well pronounced change of direction towards the rounded front head. No flat planes above the nose.
Neck: Short, thick, heavily muscled, creating the appearance of no neck, blending with the cheeks. Especially pronounced on mature males.
Torso: Semi-cobby. Wide, sturdy, muscular, firm,powerful, well rounded, chest and considerable depth of flank. The shoulders are broad and flat at the wither; the hips are the same width. Back is level. Females proportionately smaller.
Legs+Feet: Legs medium to short length from floor to belly should be slightly less than from belly to back. Round feet, medium to large in size.
Tail: Thick at base, straight, tapering slightly to a rounded tip. Two-thirds the length of the body.
Boning: Substantial. Large to medium.
Musculature: Sturdy, firm, not soft.
Straight, dense, standing away from the body, with natural protective appearance, even in length.
(BL): Semi-long, with ruff and britches desirable.
Texture: So dense that it is difficult to see the skin when parting the hair.
(BS): Firm, crisp, plush
Pattern: In torties brindling is allowed
The British is an imposing breed. Their large, round face should have a sweet open expression, with a smug rounded muzzle. Chubby cheeks and no-neck, blend into a stocky, semi-cobby, muscular, wide and firm body. Their coat is dense and rich, plush and thick in both shorthair and longhair varieties. Slightly reserved in temperament, they are a four feet on the floor breed, and like to be handled with gentle firmness and supported when carried.
ALLOWANCES: Seasonal changes in coat density, length and texture. Slightly softer texture in colors other than blue.
PENALIZE(not suitable for shows):
Eyes: Almond shape, slanted set Musculature: Lack of muscle tone Legs: cow hocks.
Coat: Lack of/or poor undercoat, oat not standing away from body
(BS): Long or soft coat,
(BL) short or silky coat, long flowing coat like in Persians
Boning: light delicate
WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW): Lockets.
DISQUALIFY (DQ, not suitable for shows): Crossed eyes.
TICA Minuet Breed Group (MNT/MNL)
The Minuet(MNT) and the Minuet Longhair(MNL) are short-legged, medium to substantially boned cats. They are distinguished only by the appearance of the coat with the shorthair having a plush all-weather coat and the longhair a long silky coat with britches and a plumed tail.
PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: Persian Breed Group, Munchkin Breed Group.
Shape: Round, broad, with well rounded contours when viewed from any angle. Cheeks moderately full, top head rounded but not domed.
Ears: Medium with preference given to slightly smaller ears but not extreme. Rounded tips. Set wide apart.
Eyes: Large and round, wide open but not protruding. No brow ridge. Deep brilliant eye color is preferred which conforms to coat color.
Chin: Rounded and moderate
Muzzle: Moderately short and broad with well rounded whisker pads.
Nose: Moderately short, broad and with an obvious stop, but no break; not snub. Top of the nose leather should not come above the lower edge of the eye.
Profile: Gentle curve to a moderate stop
Neck: Head should blend into moderately short neck.
Torso: Semi-cobby, well rounded. Straight top-line preferred, slight rise from the shoulders to tail is acceptable.
Legs: Short, well developed, firm musculature. Outer upper thigh boning and musculature may be thick and pronounced due to short legs. Inner leg straight with little to no bowing though slight bowing is acceptable.
Feet: Rounded and neat, tufts on longhairs.
Tail: In proportion to body length or longer, not short. Long hairs should be plumed and flowing
Boning: Medium to substantial. In front, legs should be short and straight from the breadth of the chest adding to sturdy appearance.
Musculature: Substantial, firm and noticeable on front legs.
Length (MNT): Short. Dense but slightly longer than other shorthairs; standing away from body.
Length (MNL): Dense, full, allowing for seasonal variations.
Texture (MNT): Plush, double coat preferred, all weather, not lying flat.
Texture (MNL): Soft, slight undercoat gives the coat body but coat still falls smoothly. Not cottony. Possible curls on underbody.
The Minuet is a hybrid of the Persian Breed Group and the Munchkin Breed Group. The desired result is a cat that should be medium in size and strong, with noticeable boning and musculature. This cat should have a very open and round face with a sweet expression and large eyes that do not tear. The ideal Minuet is an active yet laid-back cat with a playful attitude.
ALLOWANCES: Lockets, nose bump.
PENALIZE: Brow ridge, dome, snub nose
WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS (WW): Excessive tearing.
DISQUALIFY (DQ): Nose break, crooked nose, excessive bowing, long legs.