Breeding and Registration Rules

date of issue: 01.03.2007


1 General

The health and welfare of each individual cat or kitten must be the foremost concern for all breeders and owners of cats or kittens.

Responsible breeding based on genetic principles, disease prevention and an environment of love and comfort must be encouraged.

Accurate records regarding the health and breeding of cats and kittens must be kept.

2 Breeding Rules

2.1 General

A cat suffering from a congenital abnormality must not be used for breeding or sold as a breeding cat.

A breeder selling such a kitten must send a request to their FIFe Member for a “breeding restriction” to be put on the registration document.

Cats of all breeds, which are used for breeding purposes, must have whiskers.

2.2 Studs

Before being used as a stud, a male cat shall have a veterinary certificate confirming that the testicles are normal and are both descended into the scrotal sac.

2.3 Queens

Queens must not have more than three litters in twenty-four months except with the prior written approval of a veterinarian and/or the FIFe Member.

A queen, which requires repeated caesarean sections, must not be used for further breeding.

A queen may not be allowed to be mated by a second male within 3 weeks of the previous mating.

2.4 Microchip and Tattoo

All breeding cats should be identified by either microchip (preferred) or tattoo and the identifying code of both parents shall be documented in the pedigree.

Exception is granted for males which are not registered with FIFe.

This practice should be established as soon as possible but not later than 1st January 2007.

2.5 Cats not allowed for breeding

  • deaf white cats
  • an adult cat with a visible umbilical hernia

2.6 Special restrictions for some breeds

2.6.1 BEN (Bengal)

  • Novice cats are not permitted.
  • It is not allowed to cross the Bengals with any other breed.
  • From 01.01.2006, Bengals of generations F1 are not allowed for breeding
  • From 01.01.2007, Bengals of generations F2 are not allowed for breeding
  • From 01.01.2008, Bengals of generations F3 are not allowed for breeding
  • From 01.01.2009, Bengals of generations F4 are not allowed for breeding

2.6.2 BRI (British)

The FIFe shall not recognize the BRI with any other coat length than shorthaired.

2.6.3 KOR (Korat)

The FIFe shall not recognize any other colour variety than blue in the Korat.

The FIFe will not encourage any person or federation to produce colours other than blue in the Korat.

When breeding Korats:

  • only blue KOR shall be used, and only blue offspring from blue KOR parents can be registered as Korat (KOR),
  • offspring in a colour variety other than blue shall be registered as XSH/XLH.

When breeding Korat:

  • Korat cats used in breeding must have a DNA-test for GM, unless both parents are proven to be free from GM.
  • These breeding principles are to be followed:
    • GM-free x GM-free
    • Non-carrier x carrier – provided that all offspring are GM-tested.
  • If a desired mating is not completely covered by points above, the FIFe Member must approve such a mating in advance after having received a well-founded application. The FIFe Member states all conditions if the application is granted.
  • The cats that will need to be tested according to this rule must be identifiable by microchip or by tattoo.
  • The breeder must inform buyers of Korat cats about the GM-diseases and the registration policy. A certified veterinarian certificate regarding the GM-status must be attached to the pedigree.

2.6.4 MAU (Egyptian Mau)

Novice cats are not permitted.

2.6.5 OCI (Ocicat)

No reds, creams or torbies are allowed. Very rufous cinnamon and fawns may resemble red or cream, but never produce female torbies.

2.6.6 RUS (Russian Blue)

The FIFe shall not recognize any colour variety other than blue in the Russian Blue.

The FIFe will not encourage any person or federation to produce colours other than blue in the Russian Blue.

When breeding Russian Blues:

  • only blue RUS shall be used, and only blue offspring from blue RUS parents can be registered as Russian Blue (RU).
  • Offspring in a colour variety other than blue shall be registered as XSH/XLH.

2.6.7 SIA (Siamese) and BAL (Balinese)

Crosses of Siamese and Balinese of all varieties with silvers of any variety are to be prohibited. At the breeder’s request, exceptions may be allowed by the FIFe Member. In such cases the LO Commission will be responsible for the determination of the colours of the offspring.

Offspring without white, born out of one or both parents with white, must be registered as SIA/BAL* (target breed). The target breed must be noted on the pedigree for eight (8) subsequent generations.

2.6.8 SIB (Siberian Cat)

Novice class only accepted for cats born in the former USSR.

Any crossing with other breeds is prohibited.

2.6.9 SOK (Sokoke)

Only Sokoke cats imported from the Sokoke district in Kenya (Africa) may be entered in the Novice class for recognition. Their origin must be officially proved by documentation.

2.6.10 KBL/KBS (Kurilean Bobtail Longhair and Shorthair)

Only cats imported from the Kurile Islands, with certification, may be entered in the Novice class for recognition. No outcross with other breeds is allowed.

2.6.11 BUR (Burmese)

The FIFe shall only recognise the following EMS codes in Burmese: BUR n, BUR a, BUR b, BUR c, BUR d, BUR e, BUR f, BUR g, BUR h, BUR j

The FIFe will not encourage any person or federation to produce Burmese in any other colour varieties than those listed above.

When breeding Burmese:

  • Silver and/or agouti varieties and/or piebald spotting are not allowed for breeding
  • Offspring in a non recognised colour variety shall be registered as XSH

2.7 Genetic diseases and Tests

2.7.1 Test programmes

Cats in breeds which bear a risk of a genetic disease and which satisfy the following criteria:

  • the disease is fatal or causes chronic distress
  • the disease occurs in a significant proportion of the breed
  • a reliable test is available, and the disease could be eliminated

should be tested for that disease.

Each FIFe member must develop appropriate programmes.

Information on genetic diseases and advice on testing, will be researched and provided by The Health and Welfare Commission.

The Health and Welfare Commission is able to help and advise FIFe Members with information on genetic diseases and testing programmes.

The Judges and LO-Commission and the other Commissions will be consulted if necessary.

2.7.2 Deleted

2.7.3 Genetic Diseases

FIFe will not recognize any breed of cats showing as a breed Characteristic:

  • achondroplasia: A dominant gene resulting in dwarfism, shortened limbs and legs and other physical defects (for example the Munchkin)
  • osteochondrodysplasia: A dominant gene causing progressive joint, bone and cartilage deformity (for example the Scottish Fold)

until thorough medical and scientific research proves the unoffending character of the mutation.

Until this research is done, it is not allowed to show these cats at any FIFe show.


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