The Parade of Breeds at the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers Cat Show
A nice feature of the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers Cat Show is the Parade of Breeds. Cat owners participating at the event take the opportunity to show off their feline to event attendees in an attempt to educate folks about their particular breed of cat. In 2016, Judge Toni Jones handled each cat while Anthony Hutcherson offered additional commentary and helped to generate questions about each breed that the owner could answer. Following is a summary of what took place.
A Savannah cat, named Midnight was presented. His owner said he is 11 months old. She added the Savannah is slow growing, and they reach about 15-18 lbs. although they may look bigger because they are solid muscle.
The Savannah cat is a new breed. It is a cross between an African Serval and a domesticated house cat. They’ve been in championship since 2012. Although domesticated, he has the look of a wild cat. Midnight’s owner said he is friendly and active. He loves raw meat and Weruva cat food.
A Serengeti cat named Jax took the stage. At five months old, he looks similar to a Serval. The Serengeti is a breed of domestic cat, first developed by crossing a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair. Recognized and registered by The International Cat Association, no other first generation crosses can be registered as Serengeti. His owner said grooming was a simple 15 minute bath.
A Munchkin mom cat named Aurora was presented along with her Minuet kitten, Amelia. The Munchkin is a relatively new breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation. The Minuet cat (also known as the Napoleon) is a new breed, categorized by The International Cat Association (TICA) as a domestic hybrid breed, that is, a breed developed from a deliberate cross between two existing domestic breeds, incorporating characteristics of both parental breeds into the new breed. The two breeds that make up the Minuet are the Munchkin and the Persian.
Amelia has shorter legs than her mom, and her breed can grow from 6 lbs up to 15 lbs. depending on the genetic line. Judges look for straight legs, straight spine, straight tail. Munchkins are a natural mutation found in Louisiana. They can jump like other cats, can even clear a six foot gate. They love heights.
Next up was an Abyssinian cat named Cinnamon – This breed looks like a cougar. It is one of the original breeds, going way back to ancient time from Northern Africa. His owner grooms him with a damp wash cloth. Full grown, he is solid muscle, and Cinnamon weighs in a 9 lbs. Abyssinians are very active cats, they love people, and they want to be with you all the time.
A Turkish Van took the stage. This is a semi-long-haired breed of domestic cat, which was developed in the United Kingdom from a selection of cats obtained from various cities of modern Turkey, especially Southeast Turkey. They are called the Swimming cat because they really like to play in water and will even drink water from the sink. They will also put their toys in their water bowl. Judges look for a cat of this breed that is very easy to handle, as some can be shy, and they must have the Van pattern (color on their head and color on their tail). They are a long haired cat with no undercoat, so they mat very little. Turkish Vans are active and playful. They don’t like confined space, so this guy did not enjoy flying in a plane to New Jersey. There are just a few breeders around the United States and UK, so they are considered rare and it’s very hard to get one.
Next up was a Japanese Bobtail. This is a breed of domestic cat with an unusual "bobbed" tail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of other cats. The variety is native to Japan and Southeast Asia, though it is now found throughout the world. They came from Japan originally and are considered Japanese street cats with a short tail. Japanese Bobtails come in any and all colors, both long hair and shorthair. You can liken them to the Japanese Happy Cat – they are playful and very energetic.
A British Shorthair name Toby was presented. The British short hair originated in England. This cat is stoic and round everywhere. Judges look for a coat that is crisp. They are not active cats, but are very loyal to their owners. British Shorthairs are full grown between the ages of 3-5 years. Toby will be a massive cat when he is fully grown, probably 20-21 pounds. He’s a very sweet cat. They make very nice therapy cats because they are very easy going. British Shorthairs come in lots of patterns and colors.
Hope this goes some way in helping you learn more about the different breeds! The 2016 Central Jersey Cat Fanciers cat show took place January 8-10 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in New Jersey. Stay tuned for more Cat Show news from the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers website.
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