Standard of points

   

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On this page you can see the Standard of Points used by judges to assess the type and quality of the cats. Standard of Points  vary depending on which organisation cats are registered with. Below is the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) Standard of Points that we have illustrated. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy established in 1910 as an organisation to unify the breed registers and cat shows. Below this, two further show standards belonging to the main International registration and show organisations in the world, namely, Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe), established in 1972, whose members span thirty nine different countries, and  The International Cat Association (TICA), founded the United States of America  June 1979 which has developed and now an International Organisation. You will see there are similarities and differences between the three show Standard of Points regarding what is judged and promoted with the Norwegian Forest Cat.


Standard of points - illustrated

Governing Council of the Cat Fancy

 

Head
     
Triangular, where all sides are equal.  Long straight profile without break in line. Forehead slightly rounded. Strong chin
     
     
     
  Eyes  
     
Large, oval, well opened, Obliquely set and alert expression.   All colours allowed.
     
     
     
Ears
     

         Large, not rounded, with good width at base.
         Ear placement high, and open set so that the
         lines of the ears follow the line of the head
         down to the chin.

With Lynx-like tufts  Long hair out of the ears
     
     
     
Body
     
Big and strongly built, long and muscular with solid bone structure. Having a deep chest and powerful neck.
     
     
     
  Legs & Paws  
     
High on legs, with back legs longer than front legs. Paws large and round, in proportion to the legs. Tufts of fur between toes.
     
     
     
Tail
     
Long and bushy, should reach at least to the shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck.
     
     
     
Coat & Colour
     
Semi-long. the woolly undercoat being covered by a smooth, water repellent overcoat; which consists of long, coarser and glossy guard hairs
covering the back, sides and tail. A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full ruff and knickerbockers. (A shorter coat in summer is acceptable).
     
     

 

  Faults  
   
  • Cobby, small or delicate build.
  • Break (stop) in profile.
  • Round or square head.
  • Round eyes.
  • Small ears.
  • Short legs.
  • Short tail not reaching to back of shoulder blades.
  • Dry, knotted coat or too soft a coat.
 

 

At a glance - Standard of Points for:

         
FIFe   GCCF   TICA
         

Head

         

Shape: triangular, where all sides are equally long; with good height when seen in profile; forehead slightly rounded; long, straight profile without break in line (no stop) Chin firm

 

Triangular, where all sides are equal. Long straight profile without break in line. Forehead slightly rounded. Strong chin

 

Shape: Triangular, where all sides are equally long
when measured from the outer base of the ears to
the chin and between the outer base of the ears;
good height when seen in profile; forehead is
sloped back. Muzzle: Following the line of the triangular head, with no evidence of pinch or snippiness. Profile: Long, straight profile from tip of nose to brow without break in line, i.e., no stop.
Neck: Muscular; medium in length.

 

   
   
     
       
       
       
       
       

Eyes

         
Large and oval, well opened, set slightly oblique alert expression all colours permitted, regardless of coat colour   Large, oval, well opened, obliquely set and alert expression. All colours allowed.   Eyes: Large, almond shaped, set obliquely. Alert expression. All eye colours except odd-eyes or blue permitted regardless of coat colour. Odd-eyes and blue eyes permitted in white and with white only.

 

   
     
       
       

Ears

         
Large, with good width at the base; pointed tips; with Lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears   Large, not rounded, with good width at base. Ear placement high, and open set so that the lines of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin. With Lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears.   Ears: Large, wide at the base, arched forward as if listening, slightly rounded tips that appear pointed when lynx tips are present. Lynx tips and
furnishings that extend beyond the outer edge of each ear are desirable. The outer edge of the ear should follow the line of the head down to the chin.
   
     
       
       
         
Body
         
Long, strongly built; solid bone structure  

Big and strongly built, long and muscular with solid bone structure. Having a deep chest and powerful neck.

  Torso: Medium long and substantial. Boning: Substantial. Musculature: Strongly built and sturdy.
     
         
Legs & Paws
         
Strong, high on legs, hind legs higher than the front legs. Paws large, round, in proportion to the legs   High on legs, with back legs longer than front legs. Paws large and round, in proportion to the legs. Tufts of fur between toes.   Legs: In proportion to the body length, with hind legs higher than forelegs. Feet: Large, round, well-tufted.
   
     
         
 Tail
         
Long and bushy, should reach at least to the shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck   Long and bushy, should reach at least to the shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck.  

Tail: Long and bushy. Should be at least as long as the body.

         
Coat & Colour
         
Semi long. The woolly undercoat is covered by a water repellent upper coat which consists of long, coarse and glossy hair covering the back and the sides. A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full frill and knickerbockers all colours are permitted, including all colours with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate and lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. a white blaze, white locket, white chest, white on the belly, white on the paws, etc   Semi-long. the woolly undercoat being covered by a smooth, water repellent overcoat; which consists of long, coarser and glossy guard hairs covering the back, sides and tail. A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full ruff and knickerbockers. (A shorter coat in summer is acceptable).   Length: Semi-long. Texture: The dense, woolly
undercoat is covered by a smooth, water repellant upper coat which consists of long, coarse and glossy hair covering the back and the sides. A fully coated cat has a full ruff and britches. Colours: All colours of all divisions of the traditional category are recognized including all colours with white. Any amount of white is allowed anywhere on the cat.
   
   
   
   
     
     
         
         
Faults
         
Too small and finely built cats.
Round or square head; profile with a break (stop)
Small ears set too widely apart set too close together
Short legs
Thin legs
Short tail
Dry coat; knotted with lumps too silky
  Cobby, small or delicate build.
Round or square head; break (stop) in profile.
Small ears
Round eyes.
Short legs.
Short tail (not reaching to back of shoulder blades.)
Dry, knotted coat or too soft a coat.
Any defect as listed in the preface to the SOP booklet.
  PENALIZE:
Too small and finely built cats.
Round or square head; profile with a break (stop)
Round eyes.
Ears too small or narrow at the base.
Legs that are short, thin - not in proportion to the
body, or cow hocked.
Short tail.
Cobby or extremely long body.
Dry or silky texture on coat.
   
   
   
   
   
   
     

 


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