Video: Fashionable Cat Breeds In CFA
The Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), the world's largest cat fanciers' association (CFA), has published in its monthly almanac (Cat Fancier's Almanac, 1996. Vol. 12, No. 11) interesting statistics on cats of all breeds and colors registered in the CFA, as well as their current registration. … Based on these data, it is possible to give a rating of the popularity of various breeds among purebred cats.
The first place in popularity is firmly held by Persian cats, making up, together with the Himalayans, almost two-thirds (64%) of all cats registered annually (in 1995). In second place is the American Maine Coon breed (an analogue of our Siberian cat) - 6%. Only the third place is for the Siamese 4%. The Abyssinian breed is in fourth place - 3.5%. Exotic cats and Scottish Fold share the fifth and sixth places - 2% each.
Special mention should be made of the division of Himalayan cats currently included in the Persian breed. Previously, they were considered as an independent breed, and now they stand apart from the rest of the Persians. When registered, they are recorded as "Himalayan-Persian", not just "Persian". The question of their separation into an independent breed is being discussed again. Due to their exquisite beauty and liveliness of character, Himalayan cats are extremely popular - they make up almost a quarter of all cats registered in the CFA, more than a third of all Persians.
Below is a table of the distribution of the number of Himalayan cats registered in the CFA from 1958 to 1995, by color (as a percentage of the total number - 300 thousand). As you can see from the table, the most common color among Himalayans is seal point (about 40%). This color is effective in its contrast, the easiest to breed, deservedly popular with novice cat lovers. The second place is occupied by blue-points (25%) - weakened seal-point, unusually beautiful, elegant - "pearl" cats. Maintaining a combination of this color with a show quality exterior is more difficult than maintaining a seal point. Then there are red points and cake points (about 10% each). The rarest of the priority color group is blue cream point (6%).
The rarity group of colors is made up of cream points, lynx points, chocolate points and lilac points. Due to the difficulty of maintaining combinations of recessive genes and combining them with the high standards of the Persian type, breeding of cream points, chocolate points and lilac points is especially difficult, takes time, patience, selection skills, special knowledge and a non-commercial approach. points, then they fell into a rare group not because of the difficulty of breeding, but because the striped "wild" color for a long time was "expelled" by breeders from breeding and only recently became fashionable. Cats with this color will soon cease to be a rarity, since the “striped” (agouti) gene is dominant, and in the first generation, when crossing link points with Himalayans of any other color, they will give kittens with striped muzzles (link points) in the offspring.Indeed, the number of Lynx Point kittens registered annually is growing rapidly - as early as 1995, there were as many registered Lynx Point kittens as there were Cream Points and significantly more than Chocolate Points.
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Especially about lilac-points - animals of extraordinary beauty, combining the lilac color of the muzzle, ears, legs and tail with snow-white, as if covered with frost, never darkening the fur of the rest of the body. They are the least of all in 1995 all over the world in the CFA there are only 232 animals, including all quality categories - show, bred and non-bred (pets - pets). They will always be a rarity to breed them very difficult and unprofitable.
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In general, the above statistics are a clear evidence of the priority of the Himalayans among all other cat breeds, despite all the fluctuations in fashion. This undoubtedly speaks of a commitment to true beauty. And rare colors among this most popular breed, attracting connoisseurs and experts, are of the greatest interest and pride of breeders in professional breeding of purebred cats.
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A. Spirin, T. Fokina, kennel "Stakhis"