CAT REGISTRIES AND CAT CLUBS - A BROAD DEFINITION
2007, S Hartwell

A cat registry is an organisation that registers cats for exhibition and breeding purposes. The cats may be pedigree, purebred or neutered household pets.

The British Trading Standards defines a pedigree cat as one whose parents, grand-parents and great-grandparents (3 generations) are registered with a cat registry. They may not necessarily be cats of the same breed. In contrast, a purebred cat is one whose parents and grandparents are all of the same breed.

There are numerous cat registries around the world. Registries wishing to have inter-registry dialogue must belong to the World Cat Congress (WCC), the international co-ordinating body that oversees cat registries. Many of the smaller regional registries are affiliated to a larger national or international registry.

Inter-registry rivalry, including disagreement over what constitutes a breed, dates back to the days of the first 2 registries in Britain. Disputes can be bitter and protracted and lead to breeders leaving one registry, either voluntarily or by expulsion, and joining a rival registry.

Genotypic vs Phenotypic Registries

Some registries operate on "phenotypic" practices while others are "genotypic". Those that register cats based on genotype are concerned with the genetic makeup of a cat i.e. purebred. Generally speaking, those concerned with phenotype will recognise cats from outcrosses to other breeds as long as the cat meets the conformation. An illustration of the difference is the red-point Siamese. Phenotypic registries recognise this as a Siamese because it has identical conformation. True genotypic registries would recognise it under a different name because the red colour has been introduced through outcrosses to non-Siamese breeds.

An exception occurs with new cat breeds where non-pedigree cats with appropriate traits can be registered as "foundation cats". Foundation cats include the F1 hybrids of breeds derived by crossing to wildcats. Other examples are the Munchkin and Sphynx, where random-bred cats with the mutation were registered as foundation cats to widen the gene pool.

Purpose of a Cat Registry

A cat registry stores the pedigrees (genealogies) of cats, prefixes or affixes of catteries, studbooks (lists of authorised studs of recognised breeds), breed descriptions, transfer of ownership; and the standards of points (SoP) for those breeds; lists of judges qualified to judge at shows run by, or affiliated with, that registry. A cat registry is not the same as a cat club or breed society (these may be affiliated with one or more registries with whom they have lodged breed standards in order to be able to exhibit under the auspices of that registry).

Cat clubs and breed societies are groups of enthusiasts or breeders who share a common set of goals and interests and who wish to exchange information and provide a mutual support network related. Many cat clubs are affiliated to one or more registries.

Origin of Cat Registries

The pursuit of cat breeding and exhibiting as a hobby is known as cat fancying. Those involved in the hobby are known as cat fanciers. The whole entity of clubs, registries, shows and individuals is known as the Cat Fancy.

The first cat registry was the National Cat Club, set up in 1887 in England. Until the formation of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in 1910, the National Cat Club was also the Governing Body of the Cat Fancy. A rival registry called the Cat Club was set up in 1898, but foundered in 1903 and was was replaced by the Cat Fanciers Association. Cats could only be registered with one or other registry. These two fancies merged in 1910 and became the GCCF.

In the USA, the 1899 Chicago cat show resulted in the formation of the Chicago Cat Club, followed by the more powerful Beresford Cat Club (named after noted British breeder Lady Marcus Beresford). In 1906, the American Cat Association became the main registry. In 1908 this became the Cat Fanciers' Association Inc (CFA). Unlike the European FIFe registry, the CFA allowed members of America's many independent cat clubs to exhibit at their shows providing the cats were registered with the Cat Fanciers Association. Unlike the situation in Britain, cats could be registered with more than one registry.

Today there are a number of registries around the world. Most are regional with a few being international.

Some registries specialise in particular types of cat that are ineligible for registration with a major registry due to low numbers or restrictions on certain genetic traits. For example The Dwarf Cat Association recognises breeds derived from the short-legged Munchkin while the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry specialises in cats derived from (or alleged to derive from) hybrids with wildcat species.

Where a major registry refuses recognition to a proposed breed, a break-away registry may result or a new independent registry may spring up. Some of these later merge with other registries, some dwindle away and some have become major registering bodies. Many independent registries combine the functions of a cat club (information and support) with that of a registry (e.g. studbooks, exhibition and genealogy).

Recognition Levels

Most registries offer several levels of recognition, often called registers. Typical levels of recognition are:

Full - a breed that competes for championship titles at shows organised by, or affiliated to, that registry

Supplementary - cats whose ancestors over several generations are eligible to compete for championship titles at shows organised by, or affiliated to, that registry

Provisional/Preliminary - the level of recognition of cat breeds until they demonstrate that they breed true to their registered standards; there may be several levels of provisional/preliminary recognition e.g. new or advanced as numbers and popularity increase. Depending on the cat fancy, this may be separate from the provisional/preliminary register or it may be the same as the provisional/preliminary register

Experimental - a provisional register for breeds in development; this may be separate from the provisional/preliminary register in some cat fancies

Exhibition only - a new trait, new import or minority variety that does not compete, but is exhibited in order to attract opinion and/or potential breeders

Reference Register/Registration only - cats of that breed can be registered, but do not have permission to be exhibited (and possibly not bred, depending on the registry). Examples include: unregistered ancestors within 3 generations, unrecognised colour/pattern within that breed or cats that are ineligible themselves, but whose offspring may be eligible for full registration.

Not all breeds achieve Full (championship) status. Cats that fall outside of the registry registration policy may be on the Reference Register as "no recognised breed" with no progression to another register (for example non-pedigree foundation cats).

There may also be Active and Inactive registers that denote whether a cat may be legitimately used in breeding and its offspring registered. In breeds known to carry recessive genes (e.g. longhaired cats born from shorthaired parents, colourpointed cats born from non-colourpointed parents), cats that do not meet their breed standard might be registered as variants or they might be registered under a different breed name. These may sometimes be used to maintain a good gene pool, but not exhibited in Championship classes for the parents' breed. American registries use the term non-standard instead and define a variant as a cat that has an outcross in its 3 generation pedigree e.g. Siamese-to-Balinese outcross (in registries where these are not regularly bred together to harmonise conformation).

A Genetic Register is used by some registries for breeds where a genetic test is required before cats can be bred from. Cats that have not been cleared through testing remain on the genetic register until negative test results are provided. This ensures that the cat does not carry a harmful trait (e.g. Polycystic Kidney Disease in Persians).

Paper Registry (Alternative Registry) - a registry that exists only on paper (or electronically) and permits the registration of cats that fall outside of traditional registries. These registries do not hold shows. The better ones are useful for maintaining pedigree databases and breed standards and generating interest in breeds that later seek formal recognition with a traditional registry. The worse ones register all manner of mix-and-match cross-breds under a breed name with a poorly-defined breed standard, giving an appearance of legitimacy. Some paper registries are "clubs" for certain types of household pet and do not promote breeding.

A cat registry is at liberty to refuse to accept breeds if it feels the breed is not genetically sound; does not breed true to the standard put forward by the developer(s) of the breed (with allowances made for known variants); is not represented in sufficient numbers or is not sufficiently distinct from breeds already recognised by the registry. It may also expel breeders who do not conform to accepted standards of behaviour and ethics, with the result that their cats may be disqualified from its shows.

The rules as to what constitutes a new breed vary from registry to registry. TICA is a relatively progressive registry that will recognise breeds derived from crossing existing breeds; mutations of an existing breed; naturally occurring breeds indigenous to a geographical location; a breed already recognised by a different registry and experimental breeds that do not yet have a TICA-approved breed name. the GCCF is a more conservative registry and recognise new colour variations of an existing breed, but do not recognise other mutations of an existing breed e.g. spontaneous rexed fur.

Breed Numbers and Acronyms

Registries allocate a breed number or acronym to the breeds they recognise. Most use a two or 3 letter acronym e.g. MK (Munchkin), JBT (Japanese Bobtail). This may be followed by numbers or lower case acronyms that indicate colour and pattern, these being subdivisions of the breed. For historical reasons, the British GCCF allocate numbers to breeds and the Black Persian Longhair is registered under a different breed number, and effectively as a different breed, to the Blue Longhair. These lists may be found on individual registry websites (or in their printed publications where they do not yet have a website). There is a list at the foot of this webpage showing the alphabetic codes used by larger registries.

Where a breed is already recognised by another registry, it is becoming increasingly common to adopt an existing acronym (with the possible addition or subtraction of a letter) in order to avoid clashes and confusion. Where 2 breeds with different characteristics have the same name, it is usual to prefix the name with the country/area of origin e.g. in the US the "Burmese" and "European Burmese" are different breeds with different conformation. In the UK, "Burmese" always refers to the European form as the "American Burmese" is not recognised.

A single breed may have 2 different breed names in different countries. In Britain, a cat of Persian type with the colourpoint pattern is called a Colourpoint Persian Longhair. In the USA it is called a Himalayan. In Britain a Siamese x Bengal hybrid breed originally called the "Savannah" was renamed "Serengeti" to avoid a name clash with the American "Savannah" (developed from serval hybrids) and align it with an American Siamese x Oriental Shorthair x Bengal breed called the "Serengeti".

Where colours have been added to a breed through outcrossing to another breed, not all registries accept the new colours under the original breed name e.g. Chocolate Persian Persians and Lilac Persian Persians may be recognised under the name "Kashmir" as the two colours were introduced through crossing to Siamese cats during the development of the Colourpoint Persian (UK) and Himalayan (USA).

List of Cat Registries Around the World

Note: Some of the smaller regional registries are affliated to larger national or international registries.

AACE - American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (USA)
ACF - Australian Cat Federation
ACFA - American Cat Fanciers association (USA)
Bahrain Cat Club
CA - Cat Association (Britain, replaced by Felis Britannica)
Capital Cats Inc - Capital Cats Inc (Australia)
CANT - Cat Association of the Northern Territory (Australia)
CAT - Cat Association of Tasmania (Australia)
CATZ Inc - CATZ Inc (New Zealand)
CAV - The Cat Authority of Victoria Inc (Australia)
CCA/AFC Canadian Cat Association / Association Féline Canadienne
CCCA - Co-ordinating Cat Council of Australia
CCCT Cat Control Council of Tasmania Inc (Australia)
CFA - Cat Fanciers Association (USA)
CFCCQ - CFCCQ Inc, Queensland (Australia)
CFF - Cat Fanciers Federation (USA)
CFSA - Cat Federation of Southern Africa
COAWA - Cat Owners' Association of Western Australia
ECF - European Cat Fancy
European Group Cat Association
FANSW - Feline Association of New South Wales Inc (Australia)
FASA- Feline Association of South Australia
FCCQ - Feline Control Council of Queensland Inc (Australia)
FCCV - Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc (Australia)
FCCWAFeline Control Council of Western Australia
Felis Britiannica- Felis Britannica (Britain)
FFFE - Fédération Féline Française (France)
FIAF - Federazione Italiana Associazioni Feline (Italy)
FiFe - Fédération Internationale Féline (originally European, now includes Brazil)
GCCF - Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (UK) (see GCCF)
GCCFSA - Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of South Australia
GCCFV - Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Victoria (Australia)
NRR - Norske Rasekattklubbers Riksförbund (Norway)
NZCF - New Zealand Cat Fancy
NSWCFA (formerly RASCC, Royal Agricultural Society Cat Club) - New South Wales Cat Fanciers Association (Australia)
QFA - Queensland Feline Association Inc (Australia)
QICC - Queensland Independent Cat Council Inc (Australia)
REFR - Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (North America)
SACC - Southern Africa Cat Council
SFF - Russian Selectional Feline Federation
TDCA TDCA - The Dwarf Cat Association
TICA - The International Cat Association (based in USA, affiliated societies around the world)
UFO - United Feline organization (USA)
WCC - World Cat Congress
WCF - The World Cat Federation (a global co-ordinating body)
WNCA - Waratah National Cat Alliance (Australia)

BREED CODES

All registries have codes for different breeds. CFA (North America) and GCCF (UK) use numeric codes, but many registries have adopted an alphabetical system. TICA (North American, but spreading worldwide) originally adopted a 2 character code while others use a 3-character code with the 3rd character often indicating whether the cat is shorthaired (korthaar) or longhaired (langhaar). A number of TICA codes changed to 3 letters in 2009. In the list below, "=" indicates a breed that is recognised under a different name by a particular registry e.g. the North American Himalayan is equivalent to the Persian (Longhair) Colourpoint and is shown as "=PER" for FIFe, SACC, LOOF and WCF. The old and new TICA codes are show where appropriate (a first letter "X" indicates Experimental Register").

FIFe use the Easy Mind System (EMS) to identify cats by codes. Each breed has 3 letter code or acronym. The rest of the code comprises letters and/or numbers identifying the specific colour, pattern or other trait and these codes remains the same regardless of the breed. E.g. ACL = American Curl Longhair and the straight-haired variant is ACL71.

The GCCF breed numbering system becomes complicated because, historically, colours were treated as breeds and had their own breed number e.g. 1 (Black Persian), 2 (blue-eyed White Persian) and 3 (Blue Persian). The numbers for the whole range of Persians (including colourpoints) does not run consecutively - it stops at 13 (colourpoint Persians) and then resumes at 50 (Chocolate & Lilac). The CFA use a 4/5 digit code and the first 2/3 numbers are used to distinguish between phenotypically identical cats that are genotypically different. E.g. Himalyans with/without solid Persian ancestry, Persians that do/don't carry colourpoint genes (genotypic registration). Similar can be found with the Siamese to distinguish those with non-traditional colours in their ancestry. Hence the table below may show 2 numeric codes for the same breed!


Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Abyssinian                 AB         ABY       ABY       ABY     ABY     ABY       ABY     036x, 038x         23
Alpine Lynx                -            -       ALP        -       -       -         -             -               -
American Bobtail LH        BB / ABT   ABL       ABT        -      ABL     ABL        -          054xx, 056xx       -
American Bobtail SH        BH / ABS   ABS       ABT        -      ABS     ABS        -          094xx, 096xx       -
American Curl LH           AL / ACL   ACL72     ACL       CURL    ACL      -        ACL         080xx, 081xx       -
American Curl SH           AC         ACS72     ACL       CUR     ACS      -        ACS            -               -
American Straight LH       -          ACL71      -        CURLv   ACL71    -         -             -               -
American Straight SH       -          ACS71      -        CURv    ACS71    -         -             -               -
American Keuda             -            -       AKE        -       -       -         -             -               -
American Lynx              -            -       ALX        -       -       -         -             -               -
American Miniature Cat     -            -       AMC        -       -       -         -             -               - 
American Polydactyl        -            -       APD        -       -       -         -             -               - 
American Longhair          -            -       ALH        -       -       -         -             -               -      
American Shorthair         AS         AMS       ASH        -      ASH     AMS       ASH         07xx, 70xx         -
American Wirehair          AW         AMW       AWH        -      AWH     AMW       AWH         99xx               -
American Ringtail LH       RL / XRL     -        -         -       -       -         -              -              -
American Ringtail SH       RT / XRT     -        -         -       -       -         -              -              -
American Tiffany (Burm LH) TF         TIF       TIF        -      AMT      -         -              -              - 
Anatolian                  -            -        -         -      ANA      -        ANA             -              -
Aphrodite Semi Longhair    -            -        -         -      APL      -         -              -              -
Aphrodite Shorthair        -            -        -         -      APS      -         -              -              -
Arabian Mau                -            -        -         -      ARM      -         -              -              -
Asian Leopard Cat          ALC          -        -         -       -       -         -              -              -
Asian LH                   NL         ASL        -        ASN     ASL     ASL       ASI             -              =68
Asian SH                   NS         ASS       ASN       ASN     ASI     ASS       ASI             -              72
Australian Mist            AUM        AUM       AMS        -      AUM      -        AUM             -              85
Australian Tiffany         -           -         -         -      AUT      -         -              -              -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Balinese                  BA          BAL       BAL       BAL     BAL     BAL       BAL          12xx              61
Bambino                   BC / XBM     -        BBO        -      BAM      -         -              -              -
Bambino Curl              -            -        BBC        -       -       -         -              -              -
Bengal                    BG          BEN       BGL       BEN     BEN     BEN       BEN             -              76
Birman (Sacred Birman)    BI          SBI       BIR       BIR     SBI     SBI       SBI          018x, 21xx        13c
Bobcat                    -            -        BCT        -       -       -         -              -              -
Bohemian Rex              -           BRX        -         -      BRX      -         -              -              -
Bombay                    BO          BOM       BOM       =ASN    BOS     BOS       BOM          0410, 0412        =72
Bombay LH                 -           =ASL       -        =ASL    BOL     -ASL      =ASI            -              =68
Bramble                   BE / XBE     -        BRA        -       -       -         -              -              -
Brazilian Shorthair       -            -        BZS        -      BRA      -        BRA             -              -
Bristol                   BR           -        BRI        -       -       -         -              -              -  
British Longhair          BL           -        BLH        -      BRL     BRL       BLH             -              -
British Shorthair         BS          BRI       BSH       BRI     BRI     BRI       BRI          25xx            14-22,25,28
                                                                                                                 30,31,36,39,
                                                                                                                 40,75
Burmese (American)        BU           -        BUR        -      AMB     AMB       BUR          0400, 14xx       BANNED
Burmese (European)        EB / UBU    BUR        -         -      BUR     BUR        -              -              27
Burmilla Longhair         BML          -         -        =TIF    =ASL    =ASL      BML             -              =68
Burmilla Shorthair        BM          BML       BML        -      BMI     BML       BMS             -              72 43
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

California Rex            -            -         -         -       -      CLX        -              -              -
California Spangled       SP          CLS       CSP        -      CAS     CLS        -              -              -
California Toyger         =TG          -        CTO        -      =TOG     -         -              -              -    
Caracal                   CA           -        CRL        -       -       -         -              -              - 
Caracat                   CA / XCA     -         -         -       -       -         -              -              - 
Celtic Shorthair          -           =EUR       -         -      KKH     =EUR      KKH             -              -
Ceylon                    CE          CEY        -         -      CEY     CEY       CEY             -              -
Chantilly                 CL / CHY     -         -         -       -       -         -              -              - 
Chartreux                 CX          CHA       CHX        -      CHA     CHA       CHA           0550             -
Chausie                   CU           -        CHA        -      CHS     CHS        -              -              -
Cheetoh                   CT / XCT     -         -         -       -       -         -              -              - 
Chinchilla LH             -           =PER       -        CHL     TLH     =PER      =PER            -             10, 55
Chinese Harlequin         CH           -        CHQ        -       -       -         -              -              - 
Colorpoint Shorthair      -           =SIA      CSH       =SIA    =SIA    =SIA      =SIA        22xx 52xx 53xx    =24, 32
Colourpoint Longhair      HI          =PER      HIM       =PER    =PER    =PER      =PER        =3xxx             =13b
Copper                    CO           -        COP        -       -       -         -              -              - 
Cornish Rex               CR          CRX       CRX       CRX     CRX     CRX       CRX          09xx             33
Cymric (Manx LH)          CY          CYM       CYM       CYM     CYM     CYM       CYM          =16xx            =25
Curly Tail Cat            -           -         CTC        -       -       -         -              -              -  
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Desert Lynx               -           -         DLX        -       -       -         -              -              -
Devon Rex                 DR          DRX       DRX       DRX     DRX     DRX       DRX          28xx, 29xx        33a
Donskoy (Don Sphynx)      DH / DSK    DSP       DSK        -      DSX     DSP       DSX             -              - 
Dossow                    -           -         DOS        -       -       -         -              -              -
Dwelf                     DW / XDW    -          -         -       -       -         -              -              -
Egyptian Mau              EM          MAU       EGM               MAU     MAU       MAU          08xx              78
Elf                       EF / XEF              ELF        -       -       -         -              -              =27
European Burmese          EB / UBU    BUR        -         -      BUR     BUR        -              -              -
European Shorthair        USH         EUR        -         -      EUR     EUR       =KKH            -              -
Exotic Shorthair          ES          EXO       ESH       EXO     EXO     EXO       EXO          73xx - 79xx       70
Experimental Longhair     DL          =XLH       -         -      =XLH     -         -              -              -
Experimental Shorthair    DS          =XLS       -         -      =XSH     -         -              -              -
Fantasy                   FT / XFT    -          -         -       -       -         -              -              -
Fishing Cat               -           -         FCT        -       -       -         -              -              -
Gao Taem                  -           -         GTM        -       -       -         -              -              -
Genetta                   GT / XGT    -         GEN        -       -       -         -              -              -
Geoffroy's Cat            GE          -         GRY        -       -       -         -              -              -
German Longhair           -           -          -         -      DLH      -         -              -              -
German Rex                GR / GER    GRX        -         -      GRX     GRX       GRX             -              -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Havana Brown              =OS         =OSH       -        =ORI    HAV    =OSH       =OKH           -              29
Havana (US)               HB           -        HAV        -       -      HAV        -         0408, 0414, 0416
Havana (Lavender) (US)    -            -         -         -       -       -         -         0498              =29c
Hemingway Curl            -            -        HCL        -       -       -         -             -              -
Highland                  =BL          -         -         -       -     =BRL      =LH             -              -
Highland Fold             -            -        HFD       HIF     SFL    SFL       SFL          =84xx             -
Highland Lynx             -            -        HLX        -       -       -         -             -              - 
Highlander LH             HD / HG      -         -         -       -       -         -             -              -
Highlander SH             HG / HGS     -         -         -       -       -         -             -              -  
Himalayan                 HI          =PER      HIM       =PER    =PER    =PER      =PER        =3xxx            =13b
Household Pet LH          HL           -         -         -       -       -         -              -             -
Household Pet SH          HS           -         -         -       -       -         -              -             -
Jaguarette                -            -        JGR        -       -       -         -              -             - 
Jaguarundi Curl           -            -        JAG        -       -       -         -              -             -
Japanese Bobtail LH       JL / JBL    JBT       JBT       JBTL    JBL     JBL       JBT          67xx             -
Japanese Bobtail SH       JB          JBT       JBT       JBT     JBT     JBT       JBT          66xx, =68xx      -
Javanese                  =OL         =OLH      JAV               =OLH    =OLH      JAV          20xx, 40xx       =62
Jungala                   -            -        JLA        -       -       -         -              -             -
Jungle Cat                JC           -        JCT        -       -       -         -              -             -
Junglebob                 -            -        JBB        -       -       -         -              -             -
Jungle Curl               -            -        JCL        -       -       -         -              -             -
Jungle Lynx               -            -        JLX        -       -       -         -              -             -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Kanaani                   -            -         -         -      KAN      -        KAN             -             -
Karelian LH               -            -         -         -      KAL      -        KAL             -             -
Karelian SH               -            -         -         -      KAB      -        KAS             -             -
Kashmir                   KA          =PER       -        =PER    =PER    =PER     =PER            -             =50 
Khao Manee                KM / XKM     -        KMN        -       -       -         -              -             -
Kinkalow LH               KI / XKL     -        KKL        -       -       -         -              -             -
Kinkalow SH               KI / XKI     -        KKL        -       -       -         -              -             -
Korat                     KT          KOR       KOR        -      KOR     KOR       KOR           0504            34
Krinkle LH                KN / XKN     -         -         -       -       -         -              -             -
Krinkle SH                KN / XKS     -         -         -       -       -         -              -             -
Kurilean LH               KBL         KBL        -         -      KBL     KBL       KBL             -             -
Kurilean SH               KB          KBS        -         -      KBS     KBS       KBS             -             -
Lambkin                   LK / XLB     -        LMK        -       -       -         -              -             -
LaPerm LH                 LP          LPL       LAP       LaPL    LPL     LPL       LPL           60xx - 62xx    80L
LaPerm SH                 LS / LPS    LPS       LAP       LaPS    LPS     LPS       LPS           63xx - 65xx    80S
Leopold                   LD / XLD     -         -         -       -       -         -              -             -
Li Hua (Chinese Dragon Cat)-           -         -         -      LIH      -         -              -             - 
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Maine Coon                MC          MCO       MCN       MCO     MCO     MCO       MCO         17xx, 97xx      64
Mandalay                  MD           -         -         -       -       -         -              -            -
Mandarin                  OL          OLH        -        ORM     OLH     OLH       OLH         =43xx, =44xx    =62
Manx LH                   CY          CYM       CYM       CYM     CYM     CYM       CYM         =16xx           =25
Manx SH                   MX          MAN       MNX       MNX     MAN     MAN       MAN         36xx, 366, 06xx  25
Meerkats                  -            -        MKT        -       -       -         -             -             -
Mekong Bobtail            MB / XMB     -         -         -      MBT      -        MBT            -             -
Minskin                   MS           -        MSK        -       -       -         -             -             - 
Mohave Bob                -            -        MHB        -       -       -         -             -             - 
Mokave Jag Cat            -            -        MJC        -       -       -         -             -             -
Mojave Spotted            -            -        MJS        -       -       -         -             -             -
Mountain Bobs             -            -        MTN        -       -       -         -             -             -
Munchkin (LH)             ML / MKL     -        MUN        MUNL   MKL      MCL      MNL            -             -
Munchkin (SH)             MK           -         -         MUN    MKS      MCK      MNS            -             -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Napoleon LH               NA / NPL      -       NAP        -      NAP      -         -             -              -
Napoleon SH               NA / NP       -       NAP        -       -       -         -             -              -
Nebelung                  NB           NEB      NBL        -      NEB     NEB       NEB            -              -
Neva Masquerade           =SI          NEM       -         -      =SIB     -        =SIB           -              -
Non-recognised LH         =DL          XLH       -         -      =XLH     -         -             -              -
Non-recognised SH         =DS          XLS       -         -      =XLS     -         -             -              -
Norwegian Forest Cat      NF           NFO      NFC       NFC     NFO     NFO       NFO        90xx, 91xx         67
Ocicat                    OC           OCI      OCI        -      OCI     OCI       OCI        020x, 021x, 022x   73
Ocicat Classic            -             -        -         -      OCI      -         -             -              73
Ojos Azules LH            OJ / OAL      -       OJA        -      OHL      -         -             -              -  
Ojos Azules SH            OA            -       OJA        -      OHS      -         -             -              -
Oriental Longhair         OL           OLH      OLH       ORM     OHL     OLH      OSL         43xx, 44xx       62, 49
Oriental Shorthair        OS           OSH      OSH       ORI     OKH     OSH      OKH         23xx, 24xx       29,35,37,38,
                                                                                               41xx, 42xx       41,42,43,45,48      
Owyhee Bobs               -             -       OWY        -       -       -         -              -              -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Pantherette               -            -        PAN        -      -        -         -            -              -  
Persian                   PS          PER       PER       PER    PER      PER      PER       01xx, 10xx, 11xx   1-13,50-55
                                                                                             13xx, 14xx, 3xxx   
Peterbald                 PD          PEB       PET       PET    PBD      PEB      PBD            -              -
Pixiebob LH               PL / PBL     -        PXB        -     PBL      PBL       -             -              -
Pixiebob SH               PB           -        PXB        -     PBS      PBS       -             -              -
Puppykat                  -            -        PPK        -      -        -         -            -              -
Ragamuffin                RG          RGM       RGM        -     RMF       -        RGM         98xx             60
Ragdoll                   RD          RAG       RGD       RAG    RAG      RAG       RAG         04xx             66
Ruffle                    RF           -        RUF        -      -        -         -            -              - 
Russian Blue              RB          RUS       RBL       RUS    RUS      RUS       RUS         0500             16a
Russian Shorthair         -           -          -         -     RUS       -         -           -               16a
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Safari                    SA           -        SAF        -      -        -         -            -              -  
Savannah                  SV           -        SAV        -     SAV      SAV        -            -              -
Scottish Fold LH          SS / SFL     -        SFD       SCF    SFL      SFL       SFL         84xx             -
Scottish Fold SH          SF           -        SFD       SCF    SFS      SFS       SFS         86xx, 88xx       -
Scottish Longhair         -            -        SLH        -     SLH       -         -            -              -                   
Scottish Shorthair        -            -        SSH        -     SSH       -         -            -              -                   
Scottish Straight LH/SH   -            -         -         -      -       SSS        -            -              -
Selkirk Rex LH            SL / SRL    SRL       SRX       SRX    SRL      SRL       SRL         57xx - 59xx      79L
Selkirk Rex SH            SR          SRS       SRX       SRX    SRX      SRS       SRS         47xx - 49xx      79S
Selkirk Straight LH       -            -         -         -      -       SEL        -            -              -
Selkirk Straight SH       -            -         -         -      -       SES        -            -              -
Serengeti                 SE           -        SGT        -     SER       -         -            -              - 
Serval                    SZ           -        SER        -      -        -         -            -              - 
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Seychellois LH            =BA         SYL        -         -      -       =BAL       -            -              -
Seychellois SH            =SI         SYS        -         -      -       =SIA       -            -              -
Siamese                   SI          SIA       SIA       SIA    SIA      SIA       SIA         0270 - 0280      24, 32
Siberian                  SB          SIB       SIB       SIB    SIB      SIB       SIB         37xx - 39xx      82
Singapura                 SG          SIN       SGP       SIN    SIN      SIN       SIN         2700             77
Skookum LH                SU / XSK     -        SKO        -     SKL       -         -            -              - 
Skookum SH                XM / XSS     -        SKO        -     SKS       -         -            -              - 
Sokoke                    SK           -        SOK        -     SOK       -         -            -              -
Somali                    SO          SOM       SOM       SOM    SOM      SOM       SOM         1380 - 1398      63
Snowbob                   -            -        SNB        -      -        -         -            -              -
Snowshoe                  SN          SNO       SNS        -     SNO      SNO        -            -              83
Sphynx                    SX          SPH       SPX       SPH    SPH      SPH       SPH         50xx, 51xx       84
Sterling                  ST          STE        -         -      -        -         -            -              -
St Helen Semi Longhair    -            -         -         -     STL       -         -            -              -
St Helen Shorthair        -            -         -         -     STS       -         -            -              -
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Tennessee Bobtail         -            -        TNB        -      -        -         -            -              -
Tennessee Rex             TR / XTR     -         -         -      -        -         -            -              -
Thai                      TH          THA        -         -     THA      THA      THA            -             34
Thai Longhair             -            -         -         -     THL       -        -             -              -
Tibetan                   -           TOL        -         -     TOL      TOL        -            -              - 
Tiffanie (Asian Longhair) -            -         -        TIF    =ASL     =ASL     =ASI           -             68
Tiffany (Euro Burm LH)    -            -         -         -     TIF      =ASL     =ASI           -             =68
Tiffany (Chantilly)       TF          TIF       TIF         -    AMT       -         -            -              - 
Tonkinese (Mink)          TO          TOS       TON       TON    TON      TOS      TON          26xx            74
Tonkinese Point                                           TONPt
Tonkinese "Burmese"                                       TONBp
Tonkinese Longhair        -           TOL        -         -     TOL      TOL        -            -              - 
Toybob                    TB / XTB     -         -         -     TOB       -         -            -              -
Toyger                    TG                    TOY        -     TOY       -         -            -              - 
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Breed name                TICA        FIFe      REFR      SACC   CASA    LOOF      WCF          CFA             GCCF
                          (Global)    (Europe)  (USA)      (S Africa)    (France)  (Global)     (USA)           (UK)

Traditional Longhair      =ST           -        -        CHL     TLH      -        TLH           -              -
   (Chinchilla type)
Traditional Siamese       -            -        TSI        -       -       -         -            -              - 
Turkish Angora            TA          TUA       TKA        -      TUA      -        TUA          18xx            =13w
Turkish Van               TV          TUV       TVN       TUR     TUV     TUV       TUV          35xx            13d
Turkish Vankedisi         -            -         -         -      TUV      -         -            -              13w
Ukrainian Levkoy          -            -         -         -      UKL      -         -            -              -  
Urals Rex LH              -            -         -         -      URL      -        URL           -              - 
Urals Rex SH              -            -         -         -      URX      -        URS           -              - 
Vienna Woods              VW           -        VNW        -       -      =AMS      =ASH          -              - 
Viverral                  -            -        VIV        -       -       -         -            -              - 
York Chocolate            YC           -        YKC        -      YOR     YOK       YOR           -              - 

As well as breed codes, registries have Status Codes to record whether a cat is eligible to compete in Championship classes, to identify its ancestry and whether it is a hybrid. For example, TICA currently recognises 6 categories of breeds of which Categories I, II, III and IV are elegible for Championship (competitive) exhibition:

"Unless individual breed standard states otherwise" applies where foundation cats are still accepted to diversify a small gene pool. If several judges agree that a cat of unknown or mixed ancestry sufficiently meets the breed standard, it may be registered for breeding. This is more common in the early stages of breed development, but may also be necessary to "rescue" a breed if numbers have fallen critically low.

The third character of TICA's registration status code may be:

SB (Stud Book) as the first two letters of the registration status code means that the cat has no ancestors which are unknown, unregistered, or of another breed or breed group within a standard three generation pedigree. So SBT indicates a cat with no "other breed" ancestors in its 3 generation pedigree while SBV indicates a cat which has one or more "other breed" ancestors in its 3 generation pedigree. In European registries, "variant" may indicate a cat that is purebred over 3 generations, but which has traits that don't meet the breed standard (e.g. due to recessive genes). In North American registries, the term "non-standard" is used to indicate a purebred cat that doesn't meet the breed standard e.g. a straight-eared Scottish Fold or long-legged Munchkin.

EB (Experimental Breed) - has no cats that are unknown, unregistered, or of another breed or breed group within a standard three generation pedigree, but is on the TICA Experimental register. It may also have ancestry and hybridization codes.

01, 02, 03 as the first two characters of the TICA registration status code are Ancestry Record codes:

In Britain and some other parts of Europe, a cat with a non-pedigree ancestor in the last 3 generations cannot legally be described or traded as a pedigree cat. This falls under Goods Description legislation which defines a pedigree cat as having at least 3 generations of pedigree ancestors.

AO, BO, CO as the first two characters of the TICA registration status code are Hybridisation record codes:

Ancestry and Hybridisation codes can be combined to show any outcrossing in the preceding 3 generations and whether the outcross was to a permissible breed, a non-permissible breed, a variant or a wild species e.g. A1P, C2P, B3P, A2N, A1S, B2V etc

F (Filial) Generations are used to describe wild x domestic hybrids

Breeders backcross somee of these to increase the percentage of wild blood. There are several conventions for representing this. Strictly speaking, they are F1 generation because one parent is a wild species, but because they are F1 x wildcat they may be described as"high percent wild blood F1". The TICA ancestry and hybridisation codes can be useful to show exactly what ancestry a cat has.

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