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Some comments on Havana history with reference to the Siamese and Oriental

Thank you for publishing my article - title above - I have just re-read copy from Our Cats and have noticed a rather crucial omission in the expansion of my argument, which I give below.

Head and ears: head long and well proportioned, narrowing to a fine muzzle, ears large and pricked, wide at the base with good width between.

These lines should have appeared at the conclusion of the paragraph in the article (beginning: ‘In the 1983 version... second column) and should read as:

In the 1983 version of the S.O.P. for the Siamese the phrase ‘ width between the eyes’ has changed to ‘ width between the ears’. Returning to the original S.O.P. for the Havana in 1958 (Chestnut Brown Foreign as it was then) the following appears:

Head and ears: head long and well proportioned, narrowing to a fine muzzle, ears large and pricked, wide at the base with good width between.

This makes sense of the following paragraph, which begins:

In other words - width between the ears - is this coincidental or did the Siamese S.O.P. subtly change to bring it closer to that of the Havana and other Orientals?

I hope this is clear because I feel that it was important to mention this change in the 1983 version of the Siamese S.O.P. It may also be worthwhile emphasising that in the H&OLCC Rules - Aims and objectives iii) states:

To strive for perfection of the Havana and Oriental Lilac and to propose such changes to the Breed Standard as may be deemed necessary from time to time.

Therefore it seems that the Breed Club should have the prime jurisdiction over any changes to the Breed Standard, rather than any overruling at B.A.C. by other clubs forming the group?
Joyce Tudor-Hughes


Adhere to the show schedule guidelines!

I started exhibiting pedigree cats 27 years ago. When preparing for my first show, the breeder of my cat stressed the importance of ensuring that there were no “distinguishing” items placed in the show pen. I, like the vast majority of exhibitors, adhere to the guidelines on Penning as set out in the show schedules.

At a recent show, a fellow exhibitor, with a show record stretching back several years, approached me and asked if I knew what the ruling was on cat litter used in show pens. My immediate response was, “It should be white, or as near white as possible.” She pointed out that several litter trays in the Persian section of the show had litter that contained BRIGHT BLUE particles amongst the white litter. This was very, very obvious to the eye.

I had several show schedules in my show bag and my husband checked them out. Under penning some contained the words “white litter” or “exhibit’s usual litter”*, or made no reference at all to litter other than to say that the sanitary tray should be white. At the actual show in question their schedule and catalogue clearly stated “white litter”.

* The use of an “exhibit’s usual litter” that contains brightly coloured particles surely makes that exhibit’s pen distinguishable from other exhibits!!!!

Neither I, or the exhibitor who brought this to my attention, had any axe to grind as we were not in the same open classes as the cats whose pens contained distinguishing litter, so this is not “The Green Eyed Monster” writing.

Rita Quick, Jayjon Persians


General lack of communication

I must agree with Jennifer Sedgwick in her letter in the last issue of Our Cats, that the GCCF needs someone to look after publicity and Public Relations.

As I write this (9th August), the Supreme Show schedule has been out a few days and yet there has been no prior GCCF announcement in Our Cats as to when they would be available. Old hands know that they need to send for them during July in order to get their entry in in good time, but newcomers may not know this, and it seems extraordinary that nothing has appeared this year. Having received mine, I see that, in accordance with the unconfirmed report you had heard, the show is indeed in different halls, which look smaller.

There has also been a lack a publicity as to the form and use of the Imperial Grand title. The only official news forthcoming from the GCCF, as far as I know, has been the initial announcement of the award itself, which appeared late last August (1071), nearly three months after the actual launch at shows of the new title!

I had occasion to ring the GCCF office to enquire, if a cat was also a UK Grand, which title should be shown first? I was told that, the UK Grand being the “higher title because it can only be gained at the Supreme”, this should be shown before the Imperial, and the correct abbreviation is “I GR CH or I GR PR”.

Personally, I feel that, as far as the Semi-Longhair Section is concerned, where we compete for the Imperial Grands against a good many other breeds and not just against our own breed and colour group as in the Grand class at the Supreme, AND have to get five certificates and not just two, the Imperial is the more prestigious title, and a mere “I” does not do the achievement justice!

I was also told that “IMP” was incorrect as an abbreviation because this means “Import”. If this is indeed the case, then certainly exhibitors are unaware of it and also, it would appear, Show Managers and/or their catalogue data inputters, since cats that have now gained the Imperial title are being regularly shown in show catalogues as IMP GR CH or IMP GR PR.

In fact, any imported cat I have seen in a show catalogue does not have either the word “Import” or abbreviated IMP as a prefix to its name, but “Import” appears in brackets after the name.

My point is: why has the GCCF not published some guidelines in Our Cats about all this? Perhaps the move to the new premises is responsible for the general lack of communication?

Janet Osborn, Lingcomb Birmans


Frank Davey
IT WAS with deep sadness we heard the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Frank Davey.

We have known Frank and June for many, many years, since they first started exhibiting and breeding their Bronaba Persians. Showing was a great part of their life together, and their love of Blue Persians stayed with them over the years.

Together they have made many friends in the Cat Fancy, all of whom will miss Frank’s unique presence, as will mam and I.

Our thoughts are with June and her son Ian at this very difficult time.
Kim Board-Allam & Coral Allam