AACE The American Association
of Cat Enthusiasts.
The American Cat Association.
The American Cat Fanciers Association.
Hairs that are "ticked" with alternating bands of light and dark color, ending with a dark tip.
All breed Refers to a judge who is qualified
to judge all of the cat breeds.
A cat that has been spayed or neutered.
Any other color
Any other variety; applies to any registered cat or kitten whose ancestry entitles it to championship competition but that
does not conform to the show standard.
The area of the show hall where exhibitors display their cats.
Best in Show An award given to the cat judged to be the finest example for the entire
Best of Breed
An award given to the cat judged to be the finest example of the breed in that show ring. A Best of Breed is chosen
for each ring.
A cat that is white and one other color.
A marking on the center of the forehead between the eyes; often runs down the nose as well.
Bloodline A group of cats related by ancestry
An indentation of the nose at about eye level or between the eyes.
Breeches Longer hair on the back of the upper hind legs.
A cat with patches of black, red, and white
A cat that possesses a red coat with white roots. Also called shaded or smoke.
Carrier A cat carrying an unexpressed recessive gene that is able
to pass that gene on to its offspring. Also can mean a container used to transport cats.
Cat Fancy The group of people, associations,
clubs, and registries involved in the showing and breeding of cats.
Cattery A room or area in the breeder's house, or building on the
breeder's property, where cats are housed and bred.
CCA Canadian Cat Association
CFA The Cat Fanciers' Federation
Champion A cat that has achieved championship
status in an association.
The physical type of the cat, which includes coat length, color, bone structure, facial type, and many other factors.
Dam Mother of a kitten or litter.
Dilute A soft, pale version of a dominant color.
A cat with Patches of blue, cream, and white.
A non-pedigreed cat.
Said of a genetic trait that masks the effects of recessive genes.
Double Coat A coat possessing a thick layer of awn and down hairs.
Down A secondary
hair type that is soft and slightly wavy; much shorter than guard hairs.
Fault A flaw in the color, coat, or conformation of a cat, causing
a loss of awarded points.
Said to be a domesticated animal that has reverted to the wild or that has been born in the wild.
Final The awarding of the rosettes to the top
cats in each category.
A body type of oriental appearance, as in the Siamese; sometimes called Oriental.
Furnishings Refers to the hair inside the ears.
Council of the Cat Fancy; the main cat registry in Britain.
Genotype The genetic composition of a cat, whether or not expressed in the physical
Faint tabby markings seen in some solid colored cats; particularly noticeable in young cats.
Grand Champion A cat that has qualified for
this award within a particular association
Color The lighter color in between the darker color in the tabby patterns.
Guard Hairs The longest of the three hair types; they form the coat's
Pet (HHP) A random bred cat, or a purebred cat that is not registered or cannot compete with members of its breed.
These cats compete in a special category called the Household Pets or HHP category.
Jowls Cheek folds that are prominent in unneutered male cats.
Judging Cage Individual cages in the show ring
used to hold the cats awaiting judging.
A bend or bump in the tail; usually grounds for disqualification in show cats.
Locket A solid white spot.
Master Clerk The person who compiles the information from the judging
rings into one master catalog.
White areas restricted to the feet.
The part of the head that includes the nose, whisker pads, chin, mouth, jaws, and cheeks.
Necklace Darker markings encircling the neck.
Area of colored skin on nose, not covered by fur.
Eyes Refers to a cat whose eyes are of two different colors; for example, one blue and one copper eye.
Outcrossing The breeding of one registered breed
to another, resulting in a registerable hybrid breed. Also refers to the breeds allowable in the background of a registered
Usually refers to a cat's pedigree or certificate of registration.
Particolor Having either two or more colors (depending upon the association),
or having any color or pattern with white.
Pads The furless padded areas under the feet.
Points The extremities of a cat's body, head, ears, tail, and feet. Also can mean
the points awarded in the show ring.
A cat that has extra toes; considered a show fault in Maine Coons, although many of the foundation Maine Coons were polys.
Groups of genes that are small in effect individually, but that act together to produce greater bodily characteristics.
Premier An altered, registered purebred cat.
Queen A breeding
A characteristic that is unable to express itself in the cat's physical appearance in the presence of the alternate dominant
Official acceptance by one of the cat associations of a new breed or color.
Ring Clerk The person who keeps track of the entries being judged
and records the judge's decisions.
The area in which judging takes place.
The system of keeping track of the number of points and awards each cat has attained. Each association has a separate system.
of a kitten or litter.
A coat color that appears to be a solid color but that possesses white roots.
Standards The standards of perfection that outline the ideal conformation
for each breed.
The award level for which a particular cat has qualified, such as grand champion.
Stud A male cat used for breeding.
Stud book Records maintained by the cat registries
that record cats' offspring.
The International Cat Association.
or Tortoiseshell Combination of black and orange or their dilutes.
Type The cat's conformation.
UFO The United Feline Organization.
Undercoat The awn and down hairs.
Undercolor The color on the hair shaft closest
to the skin.
Bicolor in which the cat is mostly white with colored patches on the head and tail.
Whisker Break An indentation where the muzzle attaches to the skull.
Also called a whisker pinch or muzzle break.
Said of a cat that has not been spayed or neutered.