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    Breed Standard: Exotic

    Updated: August 20 2004

    A black line denotes an updated section.

    Translation Available (PDF): Chinese

    POINT SCORE

    30 .. HEAD (including size and shape of eyes; ear shape and set)	 
    30 .. BODY TYPE (including shape, size, bone, and length of tail)	
    10 .. COAT	 
     5 .. BALANCE	  
     5 .. REFINEMENT	 
    20 .. COLOR	
    10 .. EYE COLOR	
    For cats in the tabby division, the 20 points for color are to 
    be divided 10 for markings and 10 for color. For cats in the 
    bi-color division, the 20 points for color are to be divided 10 
    for "with white" pattern and 10 for color.
    

    GENERAL: the ideal Exotic should present an impression of a heavily boned, well balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. The large, round eyes set wide apart in a large round head contribute to the overall look and expression. The thick, plush coat softens the lines of the cat and accentuates the roundness in appearance.

    HEAD: round and massive, with great breadth of skull. Round face with round underlying bone structure. Well set on a short, thick neck.

    NOSE: short, snub, and broad, with "break" centered between the eyes.

    CHEEKS: full.

    JAWS: broad and powerful.

    CHIN: full, well-developed, and firmly rounded, reflecting a proper bite.

    EARS: small, round tipped, tilted forward, and not unduly open at the base. Set far apart, and low on the head, fitting into (without distorting) the rounded contour of the head.

    EYES: brilliant in color, large, round, and full. Set level and far apart, giving a sweet expression to the face.

    BODY: of cobby type, low on the legs, broad and deep through the chest, equally massive across the shoulders and rump, with a well-rounded midsection and level back. Good muscle tone, with no evidence of obesity. Large or medium in size. Quality the determining consideration rather than size.

    LEGS: short, thick, and strong. Forelegs straight. Hind legs are straight when viewed from behind.

    PAWS: large, round, and firm. Toes carried close, five in front and four behind .

    TAIL: short, but in proportion to body length. Carried without a curve and at an angle lower than the back.

    COAT: dense, plush, soft and full of life. Standing out from the body due to a rich, thick undercoat. Medium in length. Acceptable length depends on proper undercoat. Cats with a ruff or tail-feathers (long hair on the tail) shall be transferred to the AOV class.

    DISQUALIFY: locket or button. Kinked or abnormal tail. Incorrect number of toes. Any apparent weakness in the hind quarters. Any apparent deformity of the spine. Deformity of the skull resulting in an asymmetrical face and/or head. Crossed eyes. For pointed cats, disqualify for white toes, eye color other than blue.*

    *The above listed disqualifications apply to all Exotic cats. Additional disqualifications are listed under "Colors."

    EXOTIC COLORS

    WHITE: pure glistening white. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: deep blue or brilliant copper. Odd-eyed whites shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    BLUE: blue, lighter shade preferred, one level tone from nose to tip of tail. Sound to the roots. A sound darker shade is more acceptable than an unsound lighter shade. Nose leather and paw pads: blue. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLACK: dense coal black, sound from roots to tip of fur. Free from any tinge of rust on tips or smoke undercoat. Nose leather: black. Paw pads: black or brown. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    RED: deep, rich, clear, brilliant red; without shading, markings, or ticking. Lips and chin the same color as coat. Nose leather and paw pads: brick red. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    PEKE-FACE RED: the peke-face cat should conform in color and general type to the standard set forth for the red cat; however, allowance should be made for the slightly higher placement of the ears to conform with the underlying bone structure of the head which differs greatly from that of the standard Exotic. The nose should be short, depressed and indented between the eyes. The muzzle should be wrinkled. Eyes should be large, round and set wide apart. The horizontal break, which is located between the usual nose break and the top dome of the head, runs straight across the front of the head creating half-moon boning above the eyes and an additional horizontal indentation located in the center of the forehead bone structure. This bone structure results in a very round head with a strong chin. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CREAM: one level shade of buff cream, without markings. Sound to the roots. Lighter shades preferred. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE: rich, warm chocolate-brown, sound from roots to tip of fur. Nose leather: brown. Paw pads: cinnamon-pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC: rich, warm lavender with a pinkish tone, sound and even throughout. Nose leather and paw pads: lavender-pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHINCHILLA SILVER: undercoat pure white. Coat on back, flanks, head, and tail sufficiently tipped with black to give the characteristic sparkling silver appearance. Legs may be slightly shaded with tipping. Chin, stomach, and chest, pure white. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose outlined with black. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue-green.

    SHADED SILVER: undercoat white with a mantle of black tipping shading down from sides, face, and tail from dark on the ridge to white on the chin, chest, stomach, and under the tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect to be much darker than a chinchilla. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose outlined with black. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue-green.

    BLUE CHINCHILLA SILVER: undercoat white. Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with blue to give the characteristic sparkling appearance. Face and leg may be slightly shaded with tipping. Chin, stomach and chest, pure white. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined with blue. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: blue or old rose. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue green.

    BLUE SHADED SILVER: undercoat white with a mantle of blue tipping shading down from the side, face and tail from dark on the ridge to white on the chin, chest, stomach and under the tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect to be much darker than the chinchilla. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined with blue. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: blue or old rose. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue green.

    CHINCHILLA GOLDEN: undercoat pale honey to bright apricot. Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with black to enhance a golden appearance. Legs and the end of tail may be shaded with tipping. Chin, stomach and chest consistent dilute color, much lighter in tone than the undercoat color. The general effect is lighter than a shaded golden due to less tipping. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined with black. Nose leather: deep rose. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green or blue green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber or any color other than green or blue green.

    SHADED GOLDEN: undercoat pale honey to bright apricot with a mantle of black tipping shading down the sides, face, head and tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. Chin, chest, stomach and underside of the tail, consistent dilute color, much lighter in tone than the undercoat. The general effect is darker than the chincilla golden due to more tipping. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose outlined with black. Nose leather: deep rose. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green or blue green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber or any color other than green or blue green.

    BLUE CHINCHILLA GOLDEN: undercoat cream. Coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with blue to give golden appearance. Face and legs may be slightly shaded with tipping. Chin, stomach and chest, cream. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined with blue. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: blue or old rose. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue green.

    BLUE SHADED GOLDEN: undercoat cream with a mantle of blue tipping shading down from the side, face and tail from dark on the ridge to cream on the chin, chest, stomach and under the tail. Legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect to be much darker than the chinchilla. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined with blue. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: blue or old rose. Eye color: green or blue-green. Disqualify for incorrect eye color, incorrect eye color being copper, yellow, gold, amber, or any color other than green or blue green.

    SHELL CAMEO (Red Chinchilla): undercoat white, the coat on the back, flanks, head, and tail to be lightly tipped with red. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED CAMEO (Red Shaded): undercoat white with a mantle of red shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be much redder than the shell cameo. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL CREAM (Cream Chinchilla): undercoat white, the coat on back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with cream. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED CREAM (Cream Shaded): undercoat white with a mantle of cream shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be darker than a shell cream. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL TORTOISESHELL: undercoat white. The coat on the back, flanks and tail to be lightly tipped with black and shades of red. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink to black, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED TORTOISESHELL: undercoat white. Mantle of black and red shading down the sides, face, and tail. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. The general effect is to be much darker than the shell tortoiseshell. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink to black, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL BLUE: undercoat white, the coat on the back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with blue. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: blue. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED BLUE: undercoat white with a mantle of blue shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be much bluer than the shell blue. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: blue. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL BLACK: undercoat white, the coat on the back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with black. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: black. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED BLACK: undercoat white with a mantle of black shading down the side, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be much blacker than the shell black. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: black. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL BLUE-CREAM: undercoat white. The coat on the back, flanks and tail to be lightly tipped with blue and cream. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink to blue, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED BLUE-CREAM: undercoat white. Mantle of blue and cream shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. The general effect to be much darker than the shell blue-cream. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose pink to blue, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL CHOCOLATE: undercoat white, the coat on the back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with chocolate. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather: brown. Paw pads: cinnamon-pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED CHOCOLATE: undercoat white with a mantle of chocolate shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be much darker than the shell chocolate. Nose leather: brown. Paw pads: cinnamon-pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped with chocolate. Cat in repose appears chocolate. Face, legs and tail, chocolate with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. Nose leather: brown. Paw pads: cinnamon-pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL LILAC: undercoat white, the coat on the back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with lilac. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white. Nose leather: lavender. Paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED LILAC: undercoat white with a mantle of lilac shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white. Face and legs may be a deeper shading. The general effect to be much darker than the shell lilac. Nose leather: lavender. Paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped in lilac. Cat in repose appears lilac. Face, legs and tail with a narrow band of white at the base of the hairs next to the skin which may be seen only when the fur is parted. Nose leather: lavender. Paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL CHOCOLATE TORTOISESHELL: undercoat white. The coat on the back, flanks, head and tail to be lightly tipped with chocolate and red. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. Nose leather: brown, brick red and/or pink. Paw pads: brick red, cinnamon-pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED CHOCOLATE TORTOISESHELL: undercoat white. Mantle of chocolate and red shading down the sides, face, and tail. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. The general effect to be much darker than the shell chocolate tortoiseshell. Nose leather: brown, brick red and/or pink. Paw pads: brick red, cinnamon pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE TORTOISESHELL SMOKE: white undercoat deeply tipped with chocolate, red and shades of red. Cat in repose appears chocolate tortoiseshell. Face, legs and tail, chocolate tortoiseshell pattern with narrow band of white at base of the hairs next to skin which may only be seen when fur is parted. Nose leather: brown, brick red, and/or pink. Paw pads: brick red, cinnamon-pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHELL LILAC CREAM: undercoat white. The coat on the back, flanks and tail to be lightly tipped with lilac and cream. Face and legs may be lightly shaded with tipping. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. Nose leather: lavender, lavender-pink and/or pink. Paw pads: lavender-pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    SHADED LILAC CREAM: undercoat white. Mantle of lilac and cream shading down the sides, face and tail. Stomach and chest white to lightly tipped. The general effect to be much darker than the shell lilac cream. Nose leather: lavender, lavender-pink and/or pink. Paw pads: lavender-pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC CREAM SMOKE: white undercoat deeply tipped with lilac and cream. Cat in repose appears lilac cream. Face, legs and tail lilac cream pattern with narrow band of white at the base of hairs next to the skin which may only be seen when hair is parted. Nose leather: lavender, lavender-pink and/or pink. Paw pads: lavender-pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLACK SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped with black. Cat in repose appears black. Face, legs and tail, black with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. Nose leather and paw pads: black. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLUE SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped with blue. Cat in repose appears blue. Face, legs and tail, blue with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. Nose leather and paw pads: blue. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CREAM SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped with cream. Cat in repose appears cream. Face, legs and tail, cream with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    RED SMOKE: undercoat white, deeply tipped with red. Cat in repose appears red. Face, legs and tail, red with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may only be seen when hair is parted. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads: rose. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    TORTOISESHELL SMOKE: white undercoat, deeply tipped with black, red and shades of red. Cat in repose appears tortoiseshell. Face, legs and tail tortoiseshell pattern with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to skin which may only be seen when hair is parted. Nose leather and paw pads: rose pink or black, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLUE-CREAM SMOKE: white undercoat deeply tipped with blue and cream. Cat in repose appears blue-cream. Face, legs and tail, blue-cream pattern with narrow band of white at base of hairs next to the skin which may only be seen when hair is parted. Nose leather and paw pads: rose pink or blue, may be patched. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CLASSIC TABBY PATTERN: markings dense, clearly defined, and broad. Legs evenly barred with bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed. Several unbroken necklaces on neck and upper chest, the more the better. Frown marks on forehead form an intricate letter "M." Unbroken line runs back from outer corner of eye. Swirls on cheeks. Vertical lines over back of head extend to shoulder markings which are in the shape of a butterfly with both upper and lower wings distinctly outlined and marked with dots inside outline. Back markings consist of a vertical line down the spine from butterfly to tail with a vertical stripe paralleling it on each side, the three stripes well separated by stripes of the ground color. Large solid blotch on each side to be encircled by one or more unbroken rings. Side markings should be the same on both sides. Double vertical rows of buttons on chest and stomach.

    MACKEREL TABBY PATTERN: markings dense, clearly defined, and all narrow pencillings. Legs evenly barred with narrow bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail barred. Necklaces on neck and chest distinct, like so many chains. Head barred with an "M" on the forehead. Unbroken lines running back from the eyes. Lines running down the head to meet the shoulders. Spine lines run together to form a narrow saddle. Narrow pencillings run around body.

    SPOTTED TABBY PATTERN: markings on the body to be dense, clearly defined and distinctly spotted. Spots may vary in size or shape. Body spots may subtly suggest a mackerel or classic pattern but may not be connected and preference given to spots in a random pattern. A dorsal stripe may run down the length of the body to the tip of the tail. Preference given to a dorsal stripe composed of spots with alternating horizontal "brush strokes." Tail may be barred with preference given to spots. There is an intricate tabby "M" on the forehead, with markings extending over the head between the ears and breaking into spots on the lower neck and shoulders. An unbroken line runs back from the outer corner of the eye. Swirls on cheeks. Spots are scattered along the front shoulders and hind quarters extending as far as possible down the legs with broken bracelets further down on the lower legs and broken necklaces at the throat, the more broken the better. Buttons on belly desirable.

    SILVER TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale, clear silver. Markings dense black. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black. Eye color: green, hazel, or brilliant copper.

    SILVER PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale silver. Markings of dense black. Patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black and/or brick red. Eye color: green, hazel, or brilliant copper.

    BLUE SILVER TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale bluish silver. Markings sound blue. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather: blue or old rose trimmed with blue. Paw pads: blue or old rose. Eye color: green, hazel, or brilliant copper.

    BLUE SILVER PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale bluish silver. Markings sound blue. Patches of cream or softly intermingled areas of cream on both body and extremities. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather: blue or old rose trimmed with blue and/or pink. Paw pads: blue or old rose and/or pink. Eye color: green, hazel or brilliant copper.

    RED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color red. Markings deep, rich red. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather and paw pads: brick red. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    PEKE-FACE RED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): the peke-face cat should conform in color and general type to the standard set forth for the red tabby cat; however, allowance should be made for the slightly higher placement of the ears to conform with the underlying bone structure of the head which differs greatly from that of the standard Exotic. The nose should be short, depressed and indented between the eyes. The muzzle should be wrinkled. Eyes should be large, round and set wide apart. The horizontal break, which is located between the usual nose break and the top dome of the head, runs straight across the front of the head creating half-moon boning above the eyes and an additional horizontal indentation located in the center of the forehead bone structure. This bone structure results in a very round head with a strong chin. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BROWN TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color brilliant coppery brown. Markings dense black. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Back of leg black from paw to heel. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black or brown. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BROWN PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color brilliant coppery brown. Markings of dense black. Patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather: brick red. Paw pads: black and/or brick red. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLUE TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color, including lips and chin, pale bluish ivory. Markings a very deep blue affording a good contrast with ground color. Warm fawn overtones or patina over the whole. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: rose. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLUE PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale bluish ivory. Markings of very deep blue affording a good contrast with ground color. Patches of cream or softly intermingled areas of cream on both body and extremities. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Warm fawn overtones or patina over the whole. Nose leather: old rose and/or pink. Paw pads: rose and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CREAM TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale cream. Markings of buff or cream sufficiently darker than the ground color to afford good contrast, but remaining within the dilute color range. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CAMEO TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color off-white. Markings red. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye Color: brilliant copper.

    CREAM SILVER TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color off-white. Markings cream. Undercoat white. Lips and chin the same shade as the rings around the eyes. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color milk chocolate. Tabby markings a deep, dark chocolate affording sufficient contrast with ground color. Lips and chin the same shade as around the eyes. Nose leather: brown and/or brick red. Paw pads: brick red to cinnamon pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): milk chocolate ground color marked with darker chocolate tabby markings and patches or softly intermingled areas of red. Lips and chin the same color as rings around the eyes. Nose leather: brown, brick red and/or cinnamon pink. Paw pads: brick red, cinnamon pink and/or coral pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale frosty lavender with a pinkish patina, marked with darker lavender tabby markings affording sufficient contrast with ground color. Nose leather: lavender. Paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper

    LILAC PATCHED TABBY (classic, mackerel, spotted): ground color pale frosty lavender with pinkish patina, marked with darker lavender tabby markings and patches or softly intermingled areas of cream. Lips and chin the same color as rings around the eyes. Nose leather: lavender and/or pink. Paw pads: lavender pink and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    TORTOISESHELL: black with patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities. Presence of several shades of red acceptable. Nose leather and paw pads: black and/or brick red. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    BLUE-CREAM: blue with patches of cream or softly intermingled areas of cream on both body and extremities. Lighter shades preferred. Nose leather and paw pads: blue and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE TORTOISESHELL: rich, warm chocolate brown with patches of red or softly intermingled areas of red on both body and extremities. Presence of several shades of red acceptable. Nose leather: brown, brick red and/or pink. Paw pads: brick red, cinnamon pink and/or pink. Eye Color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC-CREAM: rich, warm pinkish toned lavender with patches of cream or softly intermingled areas of cream on both body and extremities. Nose leather: lavender, lavender pink and/or pink. Paw pads: lavender pink and/or pink. Eye Color: brilliant copper.

    CALICO: white with unbrindled patches of black and red. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed, with noted exception. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN CALICO: white cat with unbrindled patches of black and red confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    DILUTE CALICO: white with unbrindled patches of blue and cream. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN DILUTE CALICO: white cat with unbrindled patches of blue and cream confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    CHOCOLATE CALICO: white with unbrindled patches of chocolate and red. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Nose leather and paw pads: brown, brick red, and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN CHOCOLATE CALICO: white cat with unbrindled patches of chocolate and red confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Nose leather and paw pads: brown, brick red, and/or pink. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    LILAC CALICO: white with unbrindled patches of lilac and cream. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN LILAC CALICO: white cat with unbrindled patches of lilac and cream confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Nose leather and paw pads: pink. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    BI-COLOR: black and white, blue and white, red and white, cream and white, chocolate and white, or lilac and white. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN BI-COLOR: Black and white, red and white, blue and white, cream and white, chocolate and white, or lilac and white. White cat with color confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    SMOKE AND WHITE: white with colored portions, the colored portions of the cat to conform to the currently established smoke color standards. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyedbi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    SHADED AND WHITE: white with colored portions, the colored portions of the cat to conform to the currently established shaded and shell color standards. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN SHADED AND WHITE: white cat with colored portions confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. The colored portions conform to the currently established smoke color standards. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    TORTOISESHELL AND WHITE: color as defined for tortoiseshell with or without white on the face. Must have white on the bib, belly and all four paws.

    BLUE-CREAM AND WHITE: color as defined for blue-cream with or without white on the face. Must have white on the bib, belly and all four paws.

    VAN SMOKE AND WHITE: white cat with colored portions confined to the extremities; head, tail, and legs. The colored portions conform to the currently established smoke color standards. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    RED TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): white with colored portions, the colored portions to have red ground color with markings deep, rich red. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    BROWN TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): white with colored portions, the colored portions to have a brilliant coppery groud color with markings dense black. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    PATCHED TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): white with colored portions, the colored portions to conform to the currently established patched tabby color standards. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed, with noted exception. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth. NOTE: silver patched tabby and white and blue silver patched tabby and white eye color: green, hazel or brilliant copper.

    OTHER TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): white with colored portions, the colored portions to conform to the currently established classic, mackerel and spotted tabby color standards, with the exception of red, brown or patched. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed, with noted exception. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth. NOTE: silver tabby and white and blue silver tabby and white eye color: green, hazel or brilliant copper.

    VAN RED TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): to conform to the red tabby & white color standard with the color confined to the extremities. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN BROWN TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): to conform to the brown tabby & white color standard with the color confined to the extremities. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN PATCHED TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): to conform to the patched tabby & white color standard with the color confined to the extremities. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd-eyed, with noted exception. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth. NOTE: silver patched tabby and white and blue silver patched tabby and white eye color: green, hazel or brilliant copper. These colors in odd-eyed shall have one blue and one green, hazel or brilliant copper eye with equal color depth.

    VAN OTHER TABBY & WHITE (classic, mackerel and spotted): to conform to the other tabby & white color standard with the color confined to the extremities. One or two small colored patches on body allowable. Eye color: brilliant copper, blue or odd- eyed, with noted exception. Odd-eyed bi-colors shall have one blue and one copper eye with equal color depth. NOTE: silver tabby and white and blue silver tabby and white eye color: green, hazel or brilliant copper. These colors in odd-eyed shall have one blue and one green, hazel or brilliant copper eye with equal color depth.

    (NOTE: cats having more than two small body spots should not be shown/registered as vans.)

    CALICO SMOKE: white with unbrindled patches of black and red. The black and red patches have a white undercoat. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    DILUTE CALICO SMOKE: white with unbrindled patches of blue and cream. The blue and cream patches have a white undercoat. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this minimum should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    CHOCOLATE CALICO SMOKE: white with unbrindled patches of chocolate and red. The chocolate and red patches have a white undercoat. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this amount should be penalized accordingly. Inverted "V" blaze on face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    LILAC CALICO SMOKE: white with unbrindled patches of lilac and cream. The lilac and cream patches have a white undercoat. As a preferred minimum, the cat should have white feet, legs, undersides, chest, and muzzle. Less white than this amount should be penalized proportionately. Inverted "V", blaze on the face desirable. Eye color: brilliant copper.

    HIMALAYAN (POINT) PATTERN: Body: clear color is preferred with subtle shading allowed. Allowance should be made for darker color in older cats but there must be a definite contrast between body color and point color. The points, consisting of ears, legs, feet, tail, and mask show the basic color of the cat. The ideal mask extends from above the eyes down through the chin and stretches beyond the eyes from side to side.

    CHOCOLATE POINT: body ivory. Points milk-chocolate color, warm in tone. Nose leather and paw pads: cinnamon pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    SEAL POINT: body even pale fawn to cream, warm in tone, shading gradually into lighter color on the stomach and chest. Points deep seal brown. Nose leather and paw pads: seal brown. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    LILAC POINT: body glacial white. Points frosty grey with pinkish tone. Nose leather and paw pads: lavender pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    BLUE POINT: body bluish white, cold in tone, shading gradually to white on stomach and chest. Points blue. Nose leather and paw pads: slate blue. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    FLAME (Red) POINT: body creamy white. Points deep orange flame to deep red. Nose leather and paw pads: flesh to coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    CREAM POINT: body creamy white. Points buff cream. Nose leather and paw pads: flesh to coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    TORTIE POINT: body creamy white or pale fawn. Points seal with unbrindled patches of red and/or cream. Nose leather and paw pads: seal brown and/or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    BLUE-CREAM POINT: body bluish white or creamy white, shading gradually to white on the stomach and chest. Points blue with patches of cream. Nose leather and paw pads: slate blue and/or pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    CHOCOLATE-TORTIE POINT: body ivory. Points chocolate with unbrindled patches of red and/or cream. Nose leather and paw pads: cinnamon pink and/or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    LILAC-CREAM POINT: body glacial white. Points lilac with patches of cream. Nose leather and paw pads: lavender pink and/or pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    HIMALAYAN LYNX (POINT) PATTERN: Mask must be clearly lined with dark stripes, vertical and forming the classic "M" on the forehead; horizontal on the cheeks. The mask contains light rings around the eyes and dark spots on light whisker pads, clearly outlined in dark color edges. Inner ear light with ticking on outer ear. Markings dense, clearly defined and broad. Legs evenly barred with bracelets. Tail barred with lighter underside. No striping or mottling on body.

    SEAL LYNX POINT: points beige-brown ticked with darker brown tabby markings. Body color pale cream to fawn, warm in tone. Nose leather: seal brown or brick red. Paw pads: seal brown. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    BLUE LYNX POINT: points light, silvery blue, ticked with darker blue tabby markings. Body color bluish white, cold in tone. Nose leather: blue or old rose. Paw pads: blue. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    FLAME (Red) LYNX POINT: points deep orange flame ticked with deep red tabby markings. Body color creamy white. Nose leather and paw pads: flesh to coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    CREAM LYNX POINT: points pale cream ticked with dark cream tabby markings. Body color creamy white, significantly lighter in tone than the points. Nose leather and paw pads: flesh to coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    TORTIE LYNX POINT: points beige-brown with dark brown tabby markings and patches of red. Body color creamy white or pale fawn. Nose leather and paw pads: seal brown, brick red and/or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    BLUE-CREAM LYNX POINT: points blue with darker blue tabby markings and patches of cream. Body color bluish white, cold in tone. Nose leather and paw pads: blue, old rose and/or pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    CHOCOLATE LYNX POINT: points milk-chocolate ticked with darker chocolate tabby markings. Body color ivory. Nose leather and paw pads: cinnamon pink or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    LILAC LYNX POINT: points pale frosty grey with pinkish tone ticked with darker lilac tabby markings. Body color glacial white. Nose leather and paw pads: lavender pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    CHOCOLATE-TORTIE LYNX POINT: points milk-chocolate ticked with darker chocolate tabby markings and patches of red. Body color ivory. Nose leather and paw pads: cinnamon pink and/or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    LILAC-CREAM LYNX POINT: points pale frosty grey with pinkish tone ticked with darker lilac tabby markings and patches of cream. Body color glacial white. Nose leather and paw pads: lavender pink and/or coral pink. Eye color: deep vivid blue.

    The following information is for reference purposes only and not an official part of the CFA Show Standard.

    Exotic Color Class Numbers
    
    Blue-Eyed White		7700	7701
    Copper-Eyed White		7702	7703
    Odd-Eyed White		7704	7705
    Blue		7706	7707
    Black		7708	7709
    Red		7710	7711
    Peke-Face Red		7712	7713
      [Red or Red Tabby (classic, mackerel, spotted)]
    Cream		7714	7715
    OSCC (Other Solid Colors Class)		7720	7721
      (Chocolate or Lilac)
    Chinchilla Silver		7730	7731
    Shaded Silver		7732	7733
    Chinchilla Golden		7726	7727
    Shaded Golden		7772	7773
    Shell Cameo		7760	7761
    Shaded Cameo		7762	7763
    Shell Cream		7856	7857
    Shaded Cream		7858	7859
    Shell Tortoiseshell		- -	7775
    Shaded Tortoiseshell		- -	7777
    Shell Blue-Cream		- -	7853
    Shaded Blue-Cream		- -	7851
    Other Shaded Colors		7880	7881
    (Shell Blue, Shaded Blue, Shell Black, Shaded Black, 
    Blue Chinchilla Silver, Blue Shaded Silver, Blue Chinchilla 
    Golden, Blue Shaded Golden, Shell Chocolate, Shaded 
    Chocolate, Shell Lilac, Shaded Lilac, Shell Chocolate Tortie, 
    Shaded Chocolate Tortie, Shell Lilac-Cream, Shaded Lilac-Cream)
    Black Smoke		7734	7735
    Blue Smoke		7738	7739
    Cream Smoke		7768	7769
    Red Smoke		7764	7765
    Tortoiseshell Smoke		- -	7725
    Blue-Cream Smoke		- -	7723
    Other Smoke Colors		7420	7421
    (Chocolate Smoke, Lilac Smoke, Chocolate-Tortie Smoke, 
    Lilac-Cream Smoke)
    Silver Tabby 		7736	7737
    Silver Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7736	M	7737M	
    Silver Patched Tabby (Torbie)		- -		7785
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Blue Silver Tabby		7634	7635
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Blue Silver Patched Tabby (Torbie)		- -		7637
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Red Tabby		7740	7741
    Red Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7740	M	7741	M
    Brown Tabby		7744	7745
    Brown Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7744	M	7745	M
    Brown Patched Tabby (Torbie)		- -	7787
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Blue Tabby		7752	7753
    Blue Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7752	M	7753	M
    Blue Patched Tabby (Torbie)		- -	7789
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Cream Tabby		7754		7755
    Cream Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7754	M	7755	M
    Cameo Tabby		7766		7767
    Cameo Mackerel & Spotted Tabby		7766	M	7767	M
    Cream Silver Tabby		7854		7855
      (Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
    Other Tabby Colors		7462		7463
    [Chocolate, Lilac (Classic, Mackerel, Patched, Spotted)]
    Tortoiseshell		- -		7747
    Blue-Cream		- -		7751
    Other Parti-Colors		- -		7647
    (Chocolate-Tortoiseshell, Lilac-Cream)
    Calico (including Vans)		- -		7749
    (White with Black & Red, Tortie & White)
    Dilute Calico (including Vans)		- -		7719
    (White with Blue & Cream, Blue-Cream & White)
    Blue & White (including Vans)		7806		7807
    Black & White (including Vans)		7808		7809
    Red & White (including Vans)		7800		7801
    Cream & White (including Vans)		7804		7805
    Other Bi-Colors (including Vans)		7590		7591
    (Chocolate Bi-Color, Lilac Bi-Color, Chocolate Calico, Lilac Calico)
    Smoke & White (including Vans)		7594		7595
    (Black Smoke & White, Blue Smoke & White, Cream Smoke & White, 
    Red Smoke & White, Tortoiseshell Smoke & White, Blue-Cream Smoke 
    & White, Calico Smoke, Dilute Calico Smoke, Chocolate Calico Smoke, 
    Lilac Calico Smoke)
    Shaded & White (including Vans)		7488		7489
    (Chinchilla Silver & White, Shaded Silver & White, Chinchilla Golden & White, 
    Shaded Golden & White, Shell Cameo & White, Shaded Cameo & White, 
    Shell Cream & White, Shaded Cream  & White, Shell Tortoiseshell & White, 
    Shaded Tortoiseshell & White, Shell Blue-Cream & White, Shaded Blue-Cream 
    & White and all colors in the Other Shaded Colors Class with the addition of White.)
    Red Tabby & White (including Vans)		7940		7941
    (classic, mackerel, spotted)
    Brown Tabby & White (including Vans)		7944		7945
    (classic, mackerel, spotted)
    Patched Tabby & White (including Vans)		- -		7987
    (classic, mackerel, spotted)
    Other Tabby & White (including Vans)		7992		7993
    (classic, mackerel, spotted)
    Chocolate Point		7670		7671
    Seal Point		7672		7673
    Flame (Red) Point		7678		7679
    Tortie Point		- -		7693
    Lilac Point		7674		7675
    Blue Point		7676		7677
    Cream Point		7696		7697
    Blue-Cream Point		- -		7689
    Lynx Point		7660		7661
    (Seal-Lynx, Blue-Lynx, Tortie-Lynx, Blue Cream-Lynx, Flame (Red)-Lynx, 
    Cream-Lynx, Chocolate-Lynx, Lilac-Lynx, Chocolate Tortie-Lynx, Lilac-Cream Lynx)
    AOV		7798		7799
    

    Exotic allowable outcross breeds: Persian.


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