Breed Standards

Brown tabby exotic

General type standard:
This is the general standard of points applicable to all exotic including solid colours and tipped coat colours. The variations to take into account Tabby and all forms of recognised bi-colour coats are shown below.

Head and Ears: Head round and massive with good breadth of skull, well balanced. Small round tipped ears, set wide apart and low on the head, fitting into the rounded contour of the head, not unduly open at the base. Full cheeks; round forehead. Short broad nose of even width with stop (break). Nose leather fully formed. Strong chin and full muzzle with broad and powerful jaws, without a "pinch". Short thick neck.

Cream tabby exotic

Eyes: Large full round eyes, brilliant in colour and set well apart. Bold and not deep set.

Body: Large or medium in size, of cobby type; low on the legs. Broad deep chest; massive shoulders and rump; well muscled.

Legs and Paws: Short thick strong legs. Large round firm paws, toes carries close, five in front, four behind.

Tipped exotic

Tail: Short, but in proportion to the body length.

Coat: Dense, plush, soft in texture, full of life, stands out from body due to density, not flat or close lying Medium in length, slightly longer that other Shorthairs, but not long enough to flow.

Withhold certificates of First Prizes in Kitten Open classes for:

  1. The upper edge of the nose leather above the lower edge of the eye.
  2. White markings anywhere except where referred to in the colour description
  3. Any defect as listed in the preface to the GCCF SOP booklet

Faults:

  1. Orange ring in green-eyed cats
  2. Green ring in orange-eyed cat
Red exotic

Additional withholding faults for all self exotics:

  1. White lockets, spots or tip to tail
  2. Tabby marking (see Red Self and Cream)
  3. Incorrect or extremely pale eye colour
  4. Flecks or traces of incorrect colour in either iris
  5. Incorrect pigment in nose leather, eye rims or paw pads
  6. Almond or oriental sys shape and/or set.
Brown tabby exotic

Tabby Exotics

Classic Tabby Pattern

All markings to be clearly defined and dense. On the forehead there should be a meter ‘M’ giving the impression of a frown. An unbroken stripe should run bock from the our corner of the eye; marrow lines on the cheeks. The neck and upper chest to have unbroken necklaces, the more the better. The edges of the ears to be the same colour as the markings with a central patch of ground colour resembling a thumb print.

A series of line should run from above the ‘M’ marking over the top of the head and extend to the shoulder marking. The shoulder markings from the outline of a butterfly, when viewed from above. Both upper and lower ‘wings’ to be clearly defined with the central area broken by small areas of ground colour. On the back an unbroken line should run down the spine form the butterfly to the tail, with a stripe on either side of this and running parallel to it; these stripes should be separated from each other by stripes of ground colour. On each flank there should be a ‘oyster-shaped’ patch surrounded by one or more unbroken rings.

The tail to have complete rings, as numerous as possible, with the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings. The legs to be barred evenly with bracelets from the body markings to the toes which are spotted. The abdominal regions should also be spotted.

Ground colour and markings to be evenly balanced and both sides of the cat should have identical markings.

Mackerel tabby exotic

Mackerel Tabby Pattern

The Mackerel Tabby Pattern differs form the Classis Tabby Pattern only in the body markings. There should be a narrow unbroken central spine line, on either side of which is a broken spine line from which the narrow lines which form the Mackerel Pattern run vertically down the body; these lines to be marrow and numerous as possible. The tail rings, which should me as narrow and numerous as possible, may be complete or broken with the tip of the tail being the same colour as the markings.

Spotted Tabby Pattern.

The pattern on the body and legs should consist of numerous well defined, oval, round or rosette-shaped spots which follow the tabby pattern in distribution. The tail should have numerous narrow rings or spots, the tip of the tail being the same colour as he markings.

Eye colour in all patterns – In all colours (other that Silver Tabby): copper, orange or deep gold. Silver Tabby green or hazel

Withholding Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open classes for:

  1. serious pattern faults
  2. White anywhere
  3. Incorrect eye colour or rims or flecks of contrasting colour (in adults)
  4. All other withholding faults as in the Exotic Shorthair General Type Standard.

Faults:

  1. Pale, brindles or uneven ground colour
  2. Brown tinge on nose or paws (in silvers)
  3. Unbroken spine line, linked spots or bars (in Spotted Tabbies).
Tortie & white exotic

Tortie & White Exotic

The patches of colour are to be sound, even, well distributed and distinct without scattered white hairs/ The white fur to be pure white and free from marks or shading of any kind.

The minimum white permitted is some white to al four limbs, underbelly and chest, with some colour allowed to these areas of the body; the face to show both colour and white. Some white on the tail is acceptable.

The minimum colour permitted is to the head area accompanied by a fully coloured tail.

All pattern variations occurring in between the minimum white and minimum colour descriptions are acceptable.

Eye colour – Copper, orange or deep gold.

Nose leather and paw pads – Pink and/or the colour corresponding to the colour of the patches.

Withholding certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open classes for:

  1. Incorrect proportion of any colour
  2. Incorrect eye colour or rims or flecks of contrasting colour (in adults)
  3. Coloured hairs in the white areas
  4. Fully white tail
  5. All other withholding faults as in the Exotic Shorthair General Type Standard.

Faults:

  1. Brindling of white hairs in the coloured patches.
Black & white exotic

Bi-colour Exotic

Any solid colour and white – The patches of colour to be sound, clear even, well distributed and distinct without scatter white hairs. The white fur to be pure white and free from marks or shading of any kind.

The minimum white permitted is some white to all four limbs. Underbelly and chest, with some solour allowed to these areas of the body; the face to show both colour and white. Some white on the tail is acceptable.

The minimum colour permitted is to the head area accompanied by a fully coloured tail.

Tall patter variations occurring in between the minimum white and minimum colour descriptions are acceptable.

Eye colour – Copper, orange or deep gold.

Nose leather and Paw pads – Pink and/or the colour corresponding to the colour of the patches.

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open classes for:

  1. Incorrect proportion of any colour
  2. Incorrect eye colour or rims or flecks of contrasting colour (in adults)
  3. Coloured markings in the white areas
  4. All other withholding faults as in the Exotic Shorthair general Type Standard.

Faults:

  1. Brindling or white hairs in the coloured patches
  2. Tabby markings.
Tabby & white exotic

Tabby and White Exotic

In Tabby & White and Tortie Tabby & White the coloured fur to show the tabby pattern (Classic, mackerel or spotted) on the appropriate ground colour. The white fur to be pure white and free from marks or shading of any kind.

More information:

More information can be obtained from the GCCF who publish a full breed standard and standard of points or from the Club Secretary.