Felis Historica - August 2022 - Volume 3 Number 2

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AUGUST 2022 VOLUME 3 NUMBER 2

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John G. Smithson editor@felishistorica.com HISTORY PARTNERS The CFA Foundation COLUMNISTS/CONTRIBUTORS

Karen Lawrence (St. Catharines, Canada)

Lorraine Shelton (California, USA)

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Dr. Leslie Lyons (Missouri, USA)

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Chloe Chung (Hong Kong)

Laura Vocelle (Muscat, Oman)

Florent Fissot (Monsegur, France)

Dr. Victor Zaalov (Acre, Israel)

Valerie Sheldrake Feline Historian (Suffolk, UK)

Jamie Christian (Ohio, USA)

PHOTOGRAPHY / GRAPHICS

Helmi & Ken Flick (Florida, USA)

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Jack Terry (Florida, USA)

CONTENT All Rights Reserved © A-Cat-Emy Concepts SUBSCRIPTIONS Published Monthly Single Issue $4.00 USD ANNUAL $48.00 USD

EDITORIAL – An outline of the contents of Volume 3 No.2

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CONTRIBUTING TEAM MEMBERS Gallery of our Team of Columnists, Contributors & Correspondents

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Contents

THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT – by Lorraine Shelton An Introduction to the Norwegian Forest Cat Breed

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CHAMPION BALLOCHMYLE PERFECTION - by John Smithson The story of Champion ‘Perfection’ a Red Tabby English Shorthair

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GARDENING WITH CATS etc… – Cartoons by Graham Harrop A Cats Guide to the Flower Bed!

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FELINE HISTORY MEMORABILIA – by John Smithson Old and New items in The Harrison Weir Collection

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GENETICS YOU CAN LEARN FROM YOUR CAT! - by Dr. Leslie Lyons Precision Medicine and State of the Art healthcare for cats!

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INTERNATIONAL GALLERY – THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT

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MEOW – WHAT CATS TEACH US ABOUT JUDGING – New Book release

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THE AMERICAN SHORTHAIR – New Book Release information.

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CHAMPION BLUE JACKET – by John Smithson The story of one of the very earliest Blue Persian Champions

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THE CAT THAT LOOKED AT A KING – Future Book release information

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THE POET OF NATURE – Future Book release information…

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THE DESCENDANTS OF BASTET – by Karen Lawrence. New Book release information…

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A PERSIAN RHAPSODY IN BLUE – by John Smithson. New Book release information…

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CELEBRATING MODERN DAY LEADING CATS – Our Feature Cats: Norwegian Forest Cats CFA GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER CFA GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME

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Editorial Editorial ’FELIS HISTORICA’ JOHN G. SMITHSON EDITOR with Supreme Exhibit Norwegian Forest Cat NZCF GC Jaymlynkatz White Christmas

OUR COVER PHOTO GIC S*Myselisia’s Campari DVM Brown Patched McTabby & White Norwegian Forest Cat Female Born: January 14, 2019 Bred by Cecelia/Annie/Thomas Gylling Owned by: Niina Kokki

COPYRIGHT Photo: Marika Lahti

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Yes – believe it or not, this is our last issue of FELIS HISTORICA for the immediate future. Several factors have combined to mean that despite as much as I enjoy editing and producing this unique magazine, begun during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic; the time it takes to produce it, now outweighs its sustainability. I have other duties and obligations that must be met. That being said, and acknowledged, I have to say that it has been an incredible journey, and I have learned a great deal about electronic publishing – skills which I have already put to good use in the production of books and which I will continue so to do. Many of you will not realise that I also work full time in a regular job, so all of this magazine work, has been done in my socalled spare time; and has easily run into around another 100 plus hours a month. However, I do owe alot of thanks to a very large group of people, not the least among them our many correspondents from around the world, in registries all over the globe. Their contributions and experience has been of immense help. The magazine has also been loyally supported by many well-known feline photographers, not least among them being the Helmi Flick Cat Photography duo of Helmi and Ken, whose work has been featured on many of our covers! But also the likes of Chanan, Larry Johnson, Marika Lahti, Amy Works, SpyZoo, Russmania, and many more… There is simply not room to mention all the columnists, but special mention must be made of the remarkable series of 26 articles on feline genetics by Dr. Leslie Lyons, which have been an integral part of all 26 issues! So, a big thank you Leslie!


Norwegian Forest Cat litter Photo: Marika Lahti.

AUGUST 2022

IN CELEBRATION OF

NORWEGIAN BRITISH SHs FOREST & LHs CATS

Additionally, we have had some truly intriguing articles on historic breeders and the contents of the Feline Historical Museum in Ohio, written by fellow writer Karen Lawrence, who as administrator of the Museum has been a loyal supporter of this venture from day one, right up to its conclusion. I could simply not have produced it for as long as I have without her constancy, dedication, or assistance. Acknowledgement is also due to our Canadian resident cartoonist, Graham Harrop, whose feline masterpieces have been featured in all issues since he so kindly consented to allow us to publish his work. He has an advertisement in this issue, and I encourage you all to take note! I would also like to extend a grateful thanks to our advertisers, without whom, the magazine would simply have not even got off the ground, and our subscribers, especially those who renewed their annual subscriptions year on year, and month on month. We have now dutifully refunded any unfulfilled subscriptions dating after August 2022. Even though we are not creating new magazines from this point forward, our website will continue to be hosted and back issues will still be available for purchase online for only $4 USD an issue, at least for the time being. Thank you to all who have been part of this journey with me, in celebration of what we love the most – our cats!

John

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Above: GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER Brown Classic Tabby & White NFC Below: GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME Brown Mackerel Tabby & White NFC Photos: Russmania


OUR TEAM OF COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS

KAREN LAWRENCE

LORRAINE SHELTON

LESLIE A. LYONS Ph. D

ADVERTISING MANAGER advertising@felis-historica.com Director: CFA Foundation, Inc Manager: Feline Historical Museum Co-Editor: The History Project

AUTHOR/LECTURER ‘Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders & Veterinarians’ Director: CFA Foundation, Inc www.wegies.net www.featherland.net

RESEARCHER/COLUMNIST FELINE GENETICS SPECIALIST Prof. of Comparative Medicine Dept. of Vet. Medicine & Surgery University of Missouri

JAMIE CHRISTIAN

CHLOE CHUNG

LAURA A. VOCELLE

WRITER/COLUMNIST TICA INTERNATIONAL JUDGE OF THE YEAR 2016

COLUMNIST/PRESENTER CAT BEHAVIOURALIST/LECTURER CFA ALL BREEDS JUDGE Based in China & Hong Kong

COLUMNIST/AUTHOR FELINE HISTORY & ART HISTORIAN Creator and Founder The Great Cat www.thegreatcat.org

DR. VICTOR ZAALOV

HELMI & KEN FLICK

JACK TERRY

CEO – WORLD GOLDEN CAT

HELMI FLICK CAT PHOTOGRAPHY www.helmiflick.com

‘THE RESTORIAN’ Photo & Graphics Specialist Photo Humourist

President of World Organisation of Cats


OUR TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS

DARRELL NEWKIRK

PAM DELABAR

GAVIN CAO

(CFA, USA)

(CFA, EUROPE)

(CFA, CHINA)

NEVADA, UNITED STATES PAST PRESIDENT CFA

TAMPERE, FINLAND

CFA DIRECTOR, REGION 9

CHENGDU, CHINA CFA CHINA BUSINESS ADVISOR

JOHN HANSSON

CHERYLE U’REN

ANNELIESE HACKMANN

(GCCF, UK)

(CCC of A, AUSTRALIA)

(WCF, EUROPE)

LONDON, ENGLAND PAST CHAIRMAN GCCF

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT CCC of A VICE-PRESIDENT WCC

ESSEN, GERMANY PRESIDENT WCF

JOHAN LAMPRECHT

BOB GLEASON

JANE WEBSTER

(SOUTH AFRICA)

(CCA, CANADA)

(NZCF, NEW ZEALAND)

DURBANVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT, C.A.S.A. (WCF)

LONDON, CANADA CHAIR - CANADIAN CAT ASSOC. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

PALMERSTON NORTH, NZ NZCF HISTORIAN


OUR TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS

JUN KOHNO

RUSSELL LAW

CHATE RUENGRUGLIKIT

(CFA, JAPAN)

(CFA, HONG KONG)

(CFA, THAILAND)

TOKYO, JAPAN SEC: MICINA CAT FANCIERS

HONG KONG SEC: UNITED FELINE ODYSSEY

CHAYAPON PUCHAROENYOS

ROBBIE WALKER

BANGKOK, THAILAND SEC: SIAM BLE-EYED CAT FANCIERS

SANDRA ALSUMAIT

(WCF, ASIA)

(ACF, AUSTRALIA)

(CFA, KUWAIT)

BANGKOK, THAILAND CHAIR: WCF DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

GOLD COAST, QLD, AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT, FCCQ. QLD

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT PRESIDENT, K-CATS CLUB

IZADDIN SYAH YUSOF

FARAH DIANA

BAMBI J. EDWARDS (ANCATS, AUSTRALIA)

(CFA, MALAYSIA)

(CFA, INDONESIA)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA NAT.SEC: ANCATS AUSTRALIA

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA CFA INT.DIV. CLERK OF THE YEAR 2016

JAKARTA, INDONESIA RICIMACKA CATTERY


OUR TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS

ELLEN CROCKETT

STEVEN MESERVE

LUIZ PAULO FACCIOLI

(TICA, UNITED STATES)

(TICA, EUROPE SOUTH)

(TICA, SOUTH AMERICA)

PORT TOWNSEND, WA, USA TICA DISTINGUISED JUDGE

VILA DE CUCUJAES, PORTUGAL TICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR

PORT ALEGRE, SOUTH BRAZIL TICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR

LIESBETH VAN MULLEM

EVA PORAT

DONATELLA MASTRANGELO

(TICA, EUROPE NORTH)

(FIFe, SWEDEN)

(FIFe, BELGIUM)

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS TICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR

OREBRO, SWEDEN PRESIDENT SVERAK, (FIFe)

ROME, ITALY CHAIR: JUDGES & STANDARDS COMM.

STEVEN JONES

JINSON CHOI

LISBETH FALLING

(FIFe, NORWAY)

(CFA, SOUTH KOREA)

(NRR, NORWAY)

STAVANGER, NORWAY SEC: JUDGES & STANDARDS COMM

PAJU-SI, SOUTH KOREA PRES. CAT FANCIERS OF KOREA

OSLO, NORWAY PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITOR - ARISTOKATT


GIC DELICJA ADSUM*PL DVM (5.9.20) – Blue Tortie Mackerel Tabby & White NFC. Bred by Magdalena Chmielewska. Owners: Satu Hamalainen & Pamela DelaBar Photo Marika Lahti. Article Backgrounds © www.gograph.com All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


Norwegian Forest Cats From the Land of Ice and Snow By LORRAINE SHELTON

Michael Shelton of Featherland Cattery in California describes his beginnings in the Norwegian Forest Cat as follows: ”Like many men, when I was first introduced to the pedigreed cat fancy, I thought I wanted a Maine Coon; big, imposing cat... until I saw Nancy Eckert’s magnificent brown classic tabby and while male, GC, BW, RW Fig Toggle, CFA’s 2000/2001 Best of Breed Norwegian Forest Cat. Stil a big, muscular cat, but with a somewhat more refined, elegant look. And those eyes. A Forest Cat’s eyes are just mesmerising, and they reflect their calm demeanor. They still make me just melt.” In October of 2004, I flew to Ohio and brought back Michael’s birthday present; an adorable brown classic tabby and white, four month old neuter who would become GP, NW Fig Kollibri of Featherland. We were so taken with his loving demeanor, that we begged Nancy for a breeding female. She obliged, sending Fig Kattugle to us with three

Lorraine Shelton with CFA GC NW Featherland Brennan

us with three kittens growing inside, following a dalliance with Fig Floppy Joe of Nordictale, owned by Brook Cole, another recent recruit she was mentoring to carry on with her breeding program. Our lives were changed forever. For our 25th wedding anniversary in 2008, at the CFA Annual in Louisville Kentucky where we accepted Kollibri’s National Win, I presented Michael with a commissioned coloured pencil drawing of our wegie boy by Jamie Perry which captures Kollibri’s mesmerising eyes as he perches on Michael’s favorite baseball glove (clutching a ball from the Los Angeles Dodgers, of course) entitled ”Hometown Hero.” Kollibri obtained enough points for his National Win without counting a single ring outside the Southwest Region, a feat rare for a region known to have lower show counts. The origins of this natural breed of Scandinavia is/are assumed to be the accomp

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accompaniment of cats from the Mediterranean area with the original migrants to this part of the world in prehistoric times. Migration into Norway from Russia also suggests a genealogical relationship between the Norwegian Forest Cat and Russian Longhairs (now known as Siberians) that were cherished from the very beginnings of the cat fancy and used in the development of the early Persian cat. Ever since the development of agriculture, humans have brought cats with them, during both immigration and transitory travel, in order to protect valuable grain from rodents. The harsh climate would naturally favor the survival of a dense coated, large bodied cat that would be insulated against the cold. Since domestic cats were not originally native to the Americas, the longhaired cats of the eastern seaboard (now known as Maine Coons) are undoubtedly the descendants of cats brought by early American settlers from Europe, possibly even from the Norse explorations of Newfoundland, although there are no records of the domestication of cats in Norway, prior to the 13th century. Ancient legends and mythologies of Norway have been interpreted to refer to cats, including the role of two grey cats, gifted by the God Thor, in pulling the chariot of the fertility goddess Freya as she collected fallen warriors after battle. More recently, folk tales refer to Troll Cats, Fairy Cats, and Huldrekats, cats with bushy tails. In 1912 children’s author

author Gabriel Scott immortalized a longhaired white cat named Solyfaks (”Snowflake”). In the 1930’s breeders started work to preserve the Forest Cat as a purposefully reproduced breed, however their efforts were interrupted by the war. In 1957, King Olav V made an official pronouncement declaring the Skoggkatt the National Cat of Norway. The popularity of the breed slowly increased throughout the next decade or so. In 1973, Pan’s Truls was born, and he was the basis for the originsl breed standard. Trul’s breeder Else Nylund, is revered among breeder’s as the ”mother” of the breed. In 1984, Pan’s Polaris was born, a black & white male with a distinct white tail tip. He is one of the most successful and profilic Forest Cats, having sired at least 50 litters, during his 12-year breeding career. His characteristic tail tip is still known as a ”Polaris Tip”. Beginning in the 1970’s the foundation cats for the earlly breed were tightly contolled by the Breed club, Norskogkattring. Members of the breed committee were tasked with approving all foundation cats, with an examination as a kitten, and again upon maturity before being authorised for entrance into the studbook. The exportation of registered Nowegian Forest Cats was limited to Sweden and Finland. Only cats with three generations of registered ancestors were allowed to be exported for breeding purposes. By 1976, 100 Forest Cats were registered and FIFe accepted the breed in preliminary status. The following year the breed was accepted for full recognition. The first exports were to Sweden in 1977. Sheila Gira imported the first Norwegians into the US in 1979 and the first litter was born

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MICHAEL SHELTON WITH CFA GP, NW FIG KOLLIBRI OF FEATHERLAND Photo: GSN, Inc. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


GIC S*MYSELISIA’S CAMPARI DVM – Brown Patched McTabby & White NFC Female Photo: Marika Lahti.

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born in the US in 1981. The breed was recognised for Championship status by TICA in 1984 and CFA in 1993. In 1992, two unusually colored kittens were born in a litter bred by Wildwood cattery in Sweden, followed by a reappearance of the trait in Germany in Takeskog cattery in 1994 and many more catteries thereafter. A common ancestor was found, Klofterhagens Babuschka, a direct descendant of Truls. The cats were initially incorrectly theorised to be the result of the cinnamon/fawn gene, but test breedings to cinnamon and chocolate cats disproved this hypothesis. The trait was named ‘Amber’ and identified to be a mutation of the melanocortin receptor (“extension”) gene by Dr. Marc Peterschmitt of Lyon, France, in 2009. The most successful show cat of this color in the US is IW BW Bluedryad Jackpot of Bewitched, TICA’s 11th highest scoring cat for the 2019-2020 season bred by Wonsun Jang of Korea and shown by the late Gloria Mahan of California. The first Supreme Grand Champion in TICA was Nissekatt Biarki in 1985, followed shortly by Maineline Skadikatt of Norskau and Maineline Bjorn of Wegiekatt. Other early influential cats in the US were TGC Pans Targa of Nordmarka, SGC Kaus Fenris of Purr-N-Luv, SGC Nano Ur Skogi, SGC Maineline Tord, SGC Nosewood Kai, SGC Jedidiah Asaph, and SGC Norskau Tess of Naturskat. The first grand champion in CFA was GC, BW, RW Walkuren’s Oskar-Olaf. The first National Winner was GC, BW, NW Norsestar’s

Norsestar’s Loki. There have been only 17 other Championship National/Divisional Winners in CFA: GC, BW, NW Redzone Gwendolynne Roisin of Irlu; GC, BW, NW Kitzn’s Archeopteryx; GC, BW, NW Diamond Dust’s Odin of Moon Shadows; GC, DW Sakurasaku Amelia Mary Earhart; GC, BW, NW Russmania Apollo The Archer; GC, BWI, DW Russmania Waimea Canyon; GC, DW Diamond Dust’s Silver Sunshine; GC, BWI, NW Russmania Destoroyah of Key Lime; GC, BW, NW Diamond Dust’s Eye-Of-Nature; GC, BWI, DW Finience Bonnie; GC, DW Futurperfect Canaanite Khopesh; GC, DW Lynx Manual Katana of Delz; GC, DW Ohyes Prince; GC, BW, NW Featherland Kingfish; GC, NW Featherland Brennan; GC, BWI, DW Russmania John Coltrane of Key Lime (the only non-tabby); and GC, BWI, DW Russmania Emperor Emmanuel. The first Outstanding Sire or Dam in TICA was Ch. Nissekatt’s Verdandi of Maineline. The first DM in CFA was Ch. Koojekatt Tressa Skogpus of Koryn. The first male DM was GC, RW Fig Piper of Aqua Dolagon. There have only been a total of seven male DM’s, including: GC, BW, RW Kitzn’s Dagwood; Ch. Kashi Saga Harrigan Thatsme of Irlu; GC, RW Kwill’s Brandy Alexander; GC, DW Sakurasaku Pepelintino of Russmania; Ch. Wegiekatt Cardinal of Diamond Dust; and GC, DW Russmania Dresden Green of Idaman. The only non-tabby DM’s are a black smoke and white Naturskat Mimi of Kitzn and

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MICHAEL SHELTON WITH GC, NW FEATHERLAND KINGFISH - ON ‘TAKE YOUR CAT TO WORK DAY’

And a black and white female, GC, DW Purple Rain Blue Tanis of Russmania. However, it must be emphasized that the Norwegian Forest Cat is a minority Breed in CFA and TICA with less than 500 cats registered each year in each association. More than ten times that number are registered in FIFe each year. In contrast to the two or three wegies seen at most shows in the United States, huge classes of dozens of these beautiful cats are often seem

seen in Europe, something I was delighted to personally experience in Sweden. Recent world winners include: Ch. Wario Tingoskattens, JW; SP Louis Z Krainy Asgardu, JW, DSM; SP BR* Miadore Mingus DSM; Ch. SW Rockringen’s Underdog, JW; SC S*Pysida’s Zim-Zalabim JW: N*Migoto’s Albert; GIC S* Just Catnap’s Charles Fifty Nine, JW; SW NW SP Ingrid Vendellek*PL; and BW IT*Nimue Diamonds, JW.

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and a black and white female, GC, DW


The style of the breed has divurged between continental Europe and the United States. An examination of the standards of the three major associations reflects some of the differences. When the breed was presented for acceptance in the United States, the Maine Coon breeders wanted to ensure that distinct characteristics of the Maine Coon were not incorporated into the new breed, in particular a long, rectangular body. An overall sweeter expression is also prevalent in the American and Japanese cats; more extreme head length, ear size, and feral expression are often seen in European cats. On a personal note, I bred Persians for almost twenty years. It is easy to develop tun

tunnel vision about your primary breed, but I always knew that I wanted to experience other types of cats, long before I ever dreamed of becoming a judge. We have shared our lives with many wonderful breeds: Selkirks, Turkish Angoras, Somalis, Bengals, a Japanese Bobtail and an Oriental Shorthair. But in the words of my husband, “It took a while, but we finally found the right breed for us.” I’m so thankful that our paths crossed so that we could fall in love with this majestic breed, and grateful to the late Nancy Eckert, for being a wonderful, patient mentor. Lorraine Shelton

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CHAMPION BALLOCHMYLE PERFECTION Champion Red Classic Tabby English Shorthair, born August 22 nd,1894. Bred by Mr. R.Betts Photo: J. Russell & Sons, Windsor. ‘Tatler’, November 9, 1904. Image: The Harrison Weir Collection. Article backgrounds: www.gograph.com


AN HISTORICAL PORTRAIT OF

CHAMPION

PERFECTION A Red Classic Tabby English (British) Shorthair (1894) BY

JOHN G. SMITHSON

Adapted from the author’s text for ‘The History Project’ www.cat-o-pedia.org

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND In the Tabby Shorthair classes, which were dominated by Silver and Brown Classic Tabbies, the Red Tabbies often had a hard time of it. And even when successful, they also had to compete for Best Shorthair, against the classic Blues and Solid Whites (often Blue-eyed), which were often seen as the ‘glamour cats’. But one or two did stand out and during the period from 1895 through to 1905, ‘Ch.Ballochmyle Perfection’ was one such cat. Like his great grandfather, the celebrated brown tabby ‘Ch.Xenophon’, he lived long, and had a successful show career within his own colour class, running up an impressive record of two Gold Medals, over 100 firsts, numerous championships,(as of 1903) and still winning First and Specials for Best of Colour at the Crystal Palace at 11 plus years of age! Frances Simpson, in ‘The Book of The Cat’

Cat (1903) had the following to say about Red Tabbies and of Ch.Ballochmyle Perfection in particular: “Red Tabbies again, are one of the difficult varieties to obtain. The dense, dark red tabby markings against the light red ground is only the result of judicious mating and breeding. Among the many notable males ‘Ballochmyle Perfection’, the property of Lady Alexander, winner of some 100 first prizes, championships, and specials, the sire of Champion Ballochmyle Goldfinder and Ballochmyle No Fool, (the mother of Ballochmyle Red Prince), stands out very prominently. Despite his ten years, has still the grand dense colour and markings of old. In ‘Ballochmyle Perfection’, we have a chip off the old block.” By her reference to the ‘chip off the old block,’ we can only surmise that she may have


CH. BALLOCHMYLE PERFECTION Red Classic Tabby Shorthair Male, owned by Lady Alexander Photo: from Page 290, ‘The Book of The Cat’,(1903), by Frances Simpson ¹

have been referring to his paternal great grandsire - ‘Ch. Fulmer Xenophon’, quite possibly the most celebrated classic tabby shorthair of all time. Likewise, Charles Lane in his book ‘Rabbits, Cats & Cavies’ published the same year (1903) remarks as follows: “A really well-marked Red Tabby, in good form, is a very handsome animal, and worthy of admiration. The illustrations to this text are Ch. Ballochmyle Perfection, the property of Lady Alexander, and probably one of the best ever exhibited; the other, Lord Rufus, a great winner, was first exhibited at a small show in Wiltshire, where

where he was claimed by the Rev. D.G. Truss and sometime afterwards came into the possession of the writer, who had him for some years.” PARENTAGE & OWNERSHIP ‘Perfection’ was born on August 22nd, 1894, bred by Mr. R. Betts, from Mr. Down’s Red Tabby male ‘Orange Boy’ and Mr. Betts ‘Tortoiseshll,’ a dam of whom we know little, except that she was a daughter of a Red Tabby female, called ‘Red Poppy.’ He appears then to have become the property of Mr. George Towlerton, during which time he sired a female named ‘Goldfinder,’ bred by Mr. R. Kuhnel, (famous


Clearly based upon the photograph opposite, this painting of Ch.Ballochmyle Perfection is by Rosa Bebb, as one of over 100 such illustrations for Charles Lane’s book, ‘Rabbits, Cats & Cavies’ (1903).² Image courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection

(famous for his line of Red Tabbies), before he was finally on-sold to Lady Alexander. Prior to then, he had been affectionately referred to as ‘Champion Perfection’. His transfer to Lady Alecander appears to have taken place in 1898, as from early 1899, she starts to register ‘Ballochmyle’ progeny sired by him. SIBLINGS & SHOWS At this point in time, we are yet to find evidence of any siblings for ‘Champion Perfection.’ In the National Cat Club Register, his wins, as of 1899 were recorded as: - Thirty-three firsts, including 1st Crystal Palace, 1896; 1st Crystal Palace, 1897; 3rd Crystal Palace, 1898;

1898; 2nd, Botanic, 1899; 1st, Cup and Championship, Westminster, 1899.⁵ However, by the time Charles Lane’s book had arrived on the scene in 1903, that tally had climbed to two Gold Medals, 100 prizes etc… BREEDING & PROGENY Of the progeny of Ballochmyle Perfection we can find the following cats notated in the Registers: Bred by Mr. & Mrs, Kuhnel: and born on March 2nd, 1897 (possibly from a Grand-dam to Grandson mating) – ‘Goldfinder’ – Shorthair Red Tabby female out of ‘Red Poppy’, (NCC:3328) ‘Princess Pearl’ – Shorthair female Cream, probablyu


News clipping from ‘Our Cats’ Magazine, December 17th, 1904. Image © The Harrison Weir Collection.

(probably a tabby) dilute litter-mate (NCC:3362) ‘No Fool’ – Shorthair Red Tabby female, (no date of birth) but likely litter-mate (NCC:3330) Goldfinder appears to have gone to Mr. T. Wilkerson, who bred her back to ‘Perfection’, and then she and her progeny both became the property of Lady Alexander. Then bred by Mr. George Towlerton: and born March 29th, 1899: from the same parentage: ‘Perfection Junior’ – Shorthair Red Tabby male

parentage; a male by ‘Perfection’ out of ‘Red Poppy’ (CCR). ‘Red Eagle’ – Shorthair Red Tabby Neuter litter-brother. (CCR) Then born July 5th, 1899; by ‘Perfection’ out of Towlerton’s ‘Floss’. ‘Golden Poppy’ – Shorthair Red Tabby female retained by Mr. Towlerton. ‘Perfection Junior’ seems to have been retained as a stud by Mr. Towlerton, while ‘Red Eagle’ was neuetered and transferred


CHAMPION BALLOCHMYLE PERFECTION AS A WINNER AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE AT 10 YEARS OLD. Photo: J. Russell & Sons, Crystal Palace. ‘The Tatler’ November 9th, 1904. Image: Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection

to Lady Alexander as ‘Ballochmyle Red Eagle.’ Lastly, in a litter bred by Mr. T. Wilkerson: born December 14th, 1899: ‘Ballochmyle Perfect Still’ – Shorthair Red Tabby female, by ‘Perfection’ and out of ‘Goldfinder’ – the result of this father to daughter breeding returning to the stud owner, Lady Alexander. ‘No Fool’ listed in the aforementioned first litter, is later found as ‘Ballochmyle No Fool’ and appears in time as the dam of the next generai

generation, namely ‘Ballochmyle Red Prince,’ a grandson of ‘Perfection,’ sired by Mr. Kuhnel’s ‘Wharfdale Sam’. ‘Red Prince’ is alluded to in Frances Simpson’s references to progeny and grand-progeny of ‘Perfection’ in ‘The Book of The Cat’ (1903). Thus ends, our journey into the story of a key early Red Tabby English Shorthair, the common forebears of the British Shorthair and the American Shorthair breeds.



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Feline History Memorabilia by John G. Smithson

In truth, the arena of Feline History and its associated memorabilia is not as narrow a subject as it may at first seem. There are many categories in Feline history, all of which need to be addressed, often as very separate and disparate topics, and all needing attention/preservation for future generations.

So what else do we try to preserve apart from pedigree data?

Both the archives of CFA Foundation’s Feline Historical Museum, and that of the Harrison Weir Collection, constitute very important repositories of feline historical records.

The social history of the relationship between man and cats is also terribly important, so that may mean, feline based literature, art, both graphic and in the form of a statues, and as we all know art alone is a huge topic – and if we are serious about preserving this social history, then we need to collect and preserve documents and period art and period prints, plus poems, letters, certificates and more.

So, what you may fairly ask, do you collect and what information is important? There are many online repositories for pedigree cat line-chasing, which is often the first thing that comes to mind for breeders, and many of those databases, often collated by very dedicated individuals are extremely valuable for preserving and adding to our knowledge database. Having these available online, is important; but equally, real copies of written and printed history is also necessary to be retained in a library or museum archive, in physical form.

The facets are almost without limitation. From a purely ‘cat show’ perspective, there are awards, medals, trophies, ribbons, annual awards, posters, show catalogues, show photos (real photos) and now also digital photos, all of which constitute important elements of feline related history.

Association records are also critical and already there appear to be serious limitations on European records that predate both of the world wars. When we think of key cat fanciers of the past, how often have registries considered their own history and made an effort to preserve records of key people in their past? For myself, when I began the Harrison Weir Collection for example, and was able to find examples


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Portion of a Press photo from 1932, when the Blue Persian, Ch. Benjamin of Westfield won Best Cat at the Crystal Palace. This is a rare peek at the National Cat Club’s Supreme Trophy, now hidden away in a Bank safety deposit box. The cat at the top of the trophy is recorded as styled on an image of the iconic ‘Ch. Silver Lambkin’ the father of the Chinchilla longhair breed variety. An original copy of this photo is now one of hundreds of similar photos held in The Harrison Weir Collection. Image: © The Harrison Weir Collection.

Examples of both is art, and his letters: I did wonder why folk in the 100 or so years before I began collecting, had not already done so?

‘Those who do not take note of their history, are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past!’.

In truth, cat fanciers have generally been far too insular in the attitude towards feline history, showing only an interest in the here and now, and only very little in the attention to their breed paid in blood sweat and tears by breeders and exhibitors of the past. As Winston Churchill once stated: -

The above photograph of the blue Persian Champion, Benjamin of Westfield, shows him with the National Cat Club trophy he won in 1932 for winning Best Cat at the National Cat Show. The cat featured at the top of the trophy is known to have been styled on


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In the above cropped original Press photo, we see an exhibitor holding two famous Blue Persian cats, Champion Memory of Culloden (male) and Champion Banie of Branston (female) at the Blue Persian Cat Society show held at Holy Trinity Hall, in October 1931. Press photos, some of which require restoration and digital enhancement are valuable historical collectables. Another photo from an extensive archive held in the Harrison Weir Collection. Image: © The Harrison Weir Collection.

is recorded to have been styled on a true likeness of ‘Champion Silver Lambkin,’ who is known as the Father of the Chinchilla (or Silver Longhair) breed variety. Also above, from another Press photo in the archive, an exhibitor holds the Blue Persian Champions ‘Memory of Culloden’ and ‘Banie of Branston’ who had attended the Blue Persian Cat Society’s show held at

The Holy Trinity Hall, Portland, London in October 1931. These are just two examples of breed history press photos both archived and restored digitally in the Harrison Weir Collection. Both will feature in Volume 2 of ‘A Persian Rhapsody In Blue’ which will cover the period between 1920 and 2020, due out late in 2024.


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Image preserved from a Period Postcard, probably from a private collection once owned by Mrs. Palmer who was one of the key figures in the breeding of Chinchilla’s during the late 19 th and early 20th century. This one shows one of her Stud males ‘Sweet Love’ probably descended from her better known early key males ‘Otto’. The archive of both privatel and publicly produced postcards runs into several hundreds. Image: © The Harrison Weir Collection.

Another separate archive which is regularly populated with any new finds of ‘Postcards’, some of them produced privately by breeders marketing their lines and others produced commercially, usually the work of professional animal photographers, among them being Mr. E. Landor, Mr. J. Russell and Sons, Mr. T. Everitt, and Mr. V. Forbin, and later Mr. T. Fall, of whom were active in photography of cats. The Postcard archive runs into many hundreds of items, and these pop up from time to time and are immediately acquired for insight they provide for ongoing the feline history

The ongoing research into pedigreed cats and their bloodlines. These are key to the creation of an accurate visual record of the phenotypical development within a breed variety. In the collection currently we hold images of Persians in all solid and broken colours, tabbies, silvers etc, but also of Siamese, Burmese, Egyptian Maus, Abyssinians, Birmans, and much more. Another aspect requiring preservation, is original art, some of cat breeds and some more generic images of domestic cats. The ones shown opposite and following are examples of both, the first being a original by the A


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‘Mother cat and three kittens’, an original watercolour by Gottfried Mind (1768-1814). Circa 1795. Provenance: Formerly owned by the Von Ernst banking family of Berne, the birthplace of Gottfried Mind, Latterly from the Library of the late Marianne C. Gourary, the painting was acquired by the Galerie Grand-Rue in Geneva, by a well-known gallery in Central London. Purchased for The Harrison Weir Collection in 2018.

a rare finely detailed original watercolour by 18th century Swiss born artist and savant, Gottfried Mind; renowned for his sympathetic depiction of cats, and famously referred to as the ‘Raphael of Cats’. This piece was purchased for the Harrison Weir Collection from a central London Gallery and comes with an impressive provenance, formerly coming from a Swiss gallery in Geneva from the Library of the late Marianne C. Gourary, and before that, owned by the Von Ernst banking family of Berne,

Berne, the city in which Gottfried Mind was born in 1768. Such opportunities are rare indeed, but to date we have acquired two originals by Gottfried Mind, and others by the likes of Harrison Weir himself, (over 60 original paintings, drawings, sketches) in various mediums, both originals and period prints by Louis Wain, as well early 20th century paintings of cat breeds, usually of named or known pedigree cats. In addition to originals and prints, the Collection has acquired photographs of original works by


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An original miniature painting executed on porcelain by well-known English artist, Mrs. Ellen Sylvia Shaw, of the renown Blue Persian male, Champion Raleigh, owned by Lady Eardley Wilmot. Sired by ‘Son of Flick’ and out of ‘Elizabeth of Boreham’. This male represents a triple linebreeding on the post first world war blue male, ‘Milord O’Mendip’. Image: © The Harrison Weir Collection

W. Luker Jnr, who produced the original rendition of the cat, based upon a black Images © The Harrison Weir Collection paintings of famous turn of the century and white photograph from the period. cats featured in Frances Simpson’s ‘Book of As such it has historical significance. This the Cat’ and other works by him, not male was also a key sire and grandsire of published but privately owned. other well-known blues, and was himself the result of a triple linebreeding based The above painting of the Blue Champion upon the key post first world war male, male owned by Lady Eardley Wilmot, was Milord O’ Mendip. produced as a miniature on porcelain, by the renown miniaturist Mrs. Ellen Sylvia Shaw, as an example of her work for an exhibition. It is framed in a hand-beaten pewter frame and if an exquisite example of this art form, as well as a colour rendition

This leads us to examples of cat show trophies, the first being one created in memory of the same famous post-war male, Milord O’Mendip, shown above opposite. Trophies can also be key items, mostly


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Sterling silver ‘Memorial Trophy’ to a Non-Champion icon of the Blue Persian variety, 1935. For Best Blue Persian Kitten, bred by Exhibitor. Donated by the owner of Milord O’Mendip, Mrs. Stevens. Photo: David Copland. Trophy in the Archives of The Harrison Weir Collection.

and historically significant, due mainly to the former habit of clubs and individuals to have the winner’s names engraved on them each year. For this reason alone, they are of immense historical value, but sadly, over the last 30 years or so, many clubs have chosen not to continue this tradition; mainly due to the time and effort it takes to manage both dispersing and return of trophies to the club, and the cost of engraving. As a result, many clubs have either archived their awards, bringing them out only for display, or worse, have disposed of them altogether, and thereby discarding a huge amount of unrecorded history

cat show history! A few have taken the time to record the data on them, but they are by far in the minority. The writer has on numerous occasions rescued old trophies from second hand shops, and from online sales, and or rubbish bins or skips! Club memorabilia is also important, and this can include badges, period posters, club medallions, ribbons, certificates, and old show catalogues, which are full of detailed data about cats, their owners and the sires and dams. Consequently, we have worked hard to collect many examples of items in each of these categories.


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A selection of Cat Show Catalogues dating from the pre first World War period in England. These were purchased as part and parcel of numerous items from the Gladys Cheetham Estate. These are just a few examples of period catalogues preserved in the The Harrison Weir Collection.


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An example of Cat Club memorabilia, The Atlantic Cat Club badge, and Ribbon Specials. This club was founded in 1902, and the show wins date from circa 1910. Images: © The Harrison Weir Collection

On these pages, samples of Cat Club Show catalogues that date from 1907 to 1914. We also hold full GCCF Stud book copies from when they began in 1910 through to the last produced in 2006. Also in the archives are original and digitised copies of ACA, CFA, NZCF, and numerous Australasian stud books. Shown above, are just one example of a Club badge and the same club’s Show ribbons/specials. Opposite, a large Silver plated trophy from the Pacific Cat Club, the Challenge Cup for Best Cat in Show, dating from 1914, with names of Best in Show winners for 1914 and 1915. All of these are just the tip of a very large iceberg of Clubs and their Show memorabilia.

The Pacific Cat Club’s Challenge Cup for BEST CAT in Show – dating from 1914. Large 11 inch x 11 inch trophy. Photo: Helmi Flick Cat Photography. In the Harrison Weir Collection.


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SAMPLING OF 19TH CENTURY AWARD MEDALS from top left: 1871 Crystal Palace, 1878 Boston USA, 1883 Boston USA, 1888 UK, 1891 UK, 1892 Crystal Palace, 1893 Crystal Palace, 1894 Crufts Cat Show UK, 1894 Scottish Cat Club, 1895 Crufts Cat Show UK, 1895 Madison Square Garden NY.


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Award Medals of the National Cat Club, NCC, (1894) and The Wilson’s Club (1912)

Club Badges of the Northern, Midland and Southern Counties Cat Clubs.

Club Awards, from the Sandy Cat Club Show, (1911) the Blue Persian Cat Society (1913) and the Siamese Cat Club (1926). Images: The Harrison Weir Collection.


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Left: A recently discovered portrait (closely cropped) of Harrison Weir, ‘Father of the Cat Fancy’ which has remained unpublished except in this magazine, but which will be revealed in full, in his pending biography, due for release in 2024 to commorate his bi-centenary. Right: Just one of several of his rare original drawings of cats, held in the Harrison Weir Collection. Images © The Harrison Weir Collection.

Among some of the most prized items in the collection, due mainly to the fact that they are unique and irreplaceable, are all the original photos, drawings, paintings and letters of, by and written under the hand of Harrison Weir himself. To date, this includes no fewer that 60 letters in his writing dating from the mid 1860’s through to 1904. Of original works of art, these number around 65 items, and includes sketches and concept drawings in pencil, with some heighted with white, as well as drawings in pen and ink, pen and wash, watercolours and oils.

These have been executed as early as 1846, when the artist was only 22 years old, with the last dated 1902, when he was in his 78th year. Of course, this does not include a huge collection of period books containing his illustrations. He was simply prodigious in his working life, and over a career spanning more than 60 years, he literally created ten of thousands of images. At one point about half way through his career he is quoted as saying that there were already more than 5 million copies of his images in circulation around the world. In our collection we hold hundreds of his book plates and original period prints from


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Above left: Original concept drawing in pencil, heightened with white drawn in 1862 that featured many times in various publications. Right: where it was adapted and re-used in colour, on the cover of the ‘Band of Hope Review, in 1865. Images © The Harrison Weir Collection.

Small segment of an original watercolour by Harrison Weir, signed and dated 1846, in which we find the earliest known rendition of a farm cat licking at spilt milk from the cobbles in a Sussex cowshed. Photo: by Helmi Flick Cat Photography, for the Harrison Weir Collection.


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NINE LETTERS and a POSTCARD written by Harrison Weir, between 1877 and 1893. A sampling of well over sixty letters currently held in the HW Collection. Each reveals important facets from the life of the ‘Father of the Cat Fancy’. Images © The Harrison Weir Collection.


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Some of the most valuable pedigreed cat books in the world at left, being six bound volumes of ‘Our Cats’ Magazine, beginning in November 1899 and running through to early 1905. Image: The Harrison Weir Collection.

from a plethora of Victorian periodicals. Many of the images they contain are extremely rare, and have not seen the light of day for between 120 and 170 years. Lastly, I wish to convey to our readers who are cat fanciers, breeders and exhibitors an important message. The work of the CFA Foundation’s Feline Historical Museum is important, but it receives very little support from cat fanciers save the few who donate items to the Museum. Though many claim share an interest in feline history, they fail to do something concrete to support the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation is often the recipient of items from former clubs and catteries, but of course, to store, sort, record and oft times refurbish/restore and display items of historical significance costs time and money. The Foundation pays rent for its premises and there is always an ongoing cost associated with both housing and maintaining

maintaining any collection. There are also costs to run it, computer technology and utilities to pay for, costs associated with mounting exhibitions, and costs associated with collecting and sorting through donations. At times I have literally seen a truckload of boxes of material arrive. Many of you may feel inclined to leave a legacy of items to the Foundation but will often fail to provide the financial support for the maintenance of those items. This can be in the form of either a small regular sum on either a monthly or annual basis; or perhaps by putting pen to paper and planning to include a lump sum in your will. Such gifts are tax deductable, and we need to be mindful of the fact that the Feline Historical Museum is unique, and there is simply no another like it. So, when the Foundation appeals to fanciers later this year to provide financial support for its projects, please remember to donate generously.


Everything you need to know about Genetics… You can learn from your Cat! BY

DR. LESLIE LYONS

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri

PRECISION MEDICINE & state-of-the art health care for cats! Tale of the tails!

This article wraps up a two-year adventure of over two dozen short communications focusing on cat genetics. Most all the basic concepts of genetics, including Mendelian inheritance, X-linked inheritance, variable expression, penetrance, age-of-onset and many others, are recognized in the normal phenotypes of randomly bred cats and the cat breeds. Even more complicated concepts, such as Lyonization, epigenetics and cloning can be explained with feline examples. Some traits appear to be solely aesthetic, like many of the cat’s colors and patterns, while other traits, such as shortened faces and folded ears, have complicating health consequences. Overall, feline genetics has steadily improved and pounced forward, keeping cats at the path of new discoveries.

EDITOR: This is the Twenty-sixth article in a series based on feline genetics by Dr Leslie Lyons published in FELIS HISTORICA during the 2020/2022 period

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To date, 99 Mendelian traits are caused by 165 variants in the domestic cat1. I have been fortunate to be involved with the discovery of 30 of these genes and ~ 48 variants. Nearly all the major coat color variants have been discovered in cats, including Orange, which is known but yet unpublished, and silver (Inhibitor), which is proving tricky. A few phenotypes are yet to be deciphered, such as some curly hair coats and curled ears, but as the annotation of the cat genome improves, these variants should be defined soon. Thus, what remains for cats is a far more challenging road – the genetics of common diseases, which tend to be more complex, i.e., multi-genic with environmental influences. Complex diseases affect random bred cats – 95% of cats in the world – and breeds alike, including, chronic diseases such as amyloidosis, diabetes, obesity, r


GC FREYA ONYE WITCH GLYNDA – Brown Patched Tabby & White NFC Breeder: Moira Mele. Owners: Pam DelaBar & Satu Hämäläinen. Photo: Marika Lahti

or late onset (old age) problems, such as hyperthyroidism, chronic renal disease and intestinal lymphoma or even early-onset diseases, such as feline infectious peritonitis and other infectious disease susceptibilities. College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri

Each of these diseases and conditions will take very focused approaches for investigation, including large samples sizes in which each sample is well characterized, leading to many discoveries in which each only accounts for a small portion of the heritability of these multi-factorial traits.


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For example, in dogs, several variants account for breed height, some variants are more influential than others and more-or-less specific to some breeds, but the full story of the control of height is not yet deciphered2. Large sample sizes may need to invoke the role of the Citizen Scientist. Projects such as Darwin’s Ark3, the Dog Aging Project4, and the Bristol Cat project5 are examples where survey information, as well as health records and sampling, can help elucidate the risks factors affecting the environmental and genetic components of complex diseases and traits. Combined with candidate gene studies, or genome-wide association studies using DNA arrays, whole genome and or whole exome sequencing,


FI*NIPSU-NAPPULAN G-LITTER Photo: Marika Lahti

candidate gene studies, or genome-wide association using DNA arrays, whole genome and or whole sequencing, focused Citizen Science approaches may important means to continue successful advances genetics.

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studies exome be an in cat

The new cat genome assembly suggests great promise for cat genetic studies. The genome assembly of the Abyssinian, Cinnamon, has been retired and a new assembly, of a cat named Grumpy, a.k.a. Fca126, is the new standard for cat genetic and genome research. This new genome assembly was produced from an F1 Safari cat, which is a cross between a domestic cat and a South American small felid called a Geoffroy’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi). Because the Geoffroy’s cat has one less chromosome (two small chromosomes (F1 and F2) fused to make one large chromosome (C3)), production of the second generation of hybrids has proven difficult, likely due to chromosomal imbalances in the oocytes (eggs). Thus, Safari cats have never advanced as a hybrid breed like the Bengals and others. However, due to the ~ 8 million years of evolutionary time between the two species, the genome of the F1 can be clearly parsed into a domestic cat component and a Geoffroy’s cat component. .


Thus, when the F1 cat was whole genome sequenced, the individual genomes could be clearly assembled more accurately. A new sequencing approached was also used, called long-read technology, and the resulting genomes are nearly complete in continuity, from one end of a chromosome to the other, i.e., telomere to telomere6! An example of the power of using hybrid cats and long-read technology has been published, using a Bengal F1 for the genomic work7. The cat currently boasts one of the most accurate and complete genome assemblies in genomics. This accurate genome assembly is complemented by the 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Consortium8. The consortium has over 50 participants from over 35 institutions, worldwide, and is a collection of high-quality cat genome sequence data from nearly 500 cats! This cat genome sequence data helps to decipher which of the millions of DNA variants in the cat genome are good, neuter, or bad. Because of these two key resources, Precision Medicine can now be offered as part of the health care of all cats9. Precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person / cat."

EDITOR: This is the Twenty-sixth article in a series based on feline genetics by Dr Leslie Lyons published in FELIS HISTORICA during the 2020/2022 period

This approach will allow veterinarians and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of cats or an individual cat. It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average cat, with less consideration for the differences between individuals. Thus, the goal would be to present a cat to a veterinary clinic. If the health concern has a significant genetic component, i.e., potentially heritable, a blood sample would be collected, DNA isolated, whole genome sequencing conducted, the data analyzed as part of the 99 Lives project, and a potential DNA variant causing the condition is discovered. The researcher and veterinarian then work together to determine if a more targeted treatment or therapy – one that focuses on the specific gene and or DNA variant, can be employed for the cat’s health care.


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COVER CAT: GIC S*MYSELISIA’S CAMPARI DVM Brown Patched McTabby & White NFC Born: January 14, 2019 Breeders: Cecila/Annie/Thomas Gylling. Owner: Niina Kokki Photo: Marika Lahti

Precision Medicine is the state-of-the-art health care for humans, often now used for discovery and treatment of maladies afflicting newborns where the speed to diagnosis and treatment are critical10.


To be affective, Precision Medicine – the genome sequencing and analyses – most be completed with a few weeks. Cats are nearly there, theoretically, Precision Medicine can be performed in cats.Genetics is doing its job for feline health care Cats now have many powerful genetic tools, excellent veterinary diagnostics and are in abundance around the world. State-of-the-art health care is available for cats – including Precision Medicine. Genetic testing panels with multiple assays should help eradicate the common diseases in cats breeds – any rare diseases could be removed within a five-year period! Heart diseases may be a bit more difficult to eradicate as quickly since it is more common. However, the studies ahead are more complex and will require even more interactions with the cat breeder and cat owner. Please continue to invest in genetic testing and genetic studies, none of the successes in the cat health could have been accomplished without the skills of the veterinarian and the dedication and love of cat owners. Please keep moving cat genetics forward (http://felinegenetics.missouri.edu/)!

EDITOR: This is the Twenty-sixth article in a series based on feline genetics by Dr Leslie Lyons published in FELIS HISTORICA during the 2020/2022 period

It has been my honor and privilege to provide these short articles on cat genetics for Felis Historica. I met John Smithson as part of my cat travels to New Zealand and have been pleased to become involved with such a dedicated and grand historian and curator for the cat fancy. I have strong reverence for those who have come before us and I have often found understanding the history of a breed or a health problem leads to better interpretations and more efficient approaches for discoveries. History has become an important facet to our studies on genetic diversity, mutations, cat origins and cat domestication. As no man stands alone, no science stands alone. Thank you, John, for being an important part of my science. Onward to new adventures in cats! References 1. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals, OMIA; Sydney School of Veterinary Science, (Accessed 15 July 2022) https://www.omia.org/home/ 2. Bannasch et al., Trends Genet. 2020 Aug;36(8):598-609. 3. Morrill et al., Science. 2022 Apr 29;376(6592):eabk0639. 4. Creevy et al., Nature. 2022 Feb;602(7895):51-57. 5. Maniaki et al., J Feline Med Surg. 2021 Oct;23(10):965-975. 6. Lyons LA. Cats - telomere to telomere and nose to tail. Trends Genet. 2021 Oct;37(10):865-867. 7. Bredemeyer et al., J Hered. 2021 Mar 29;112(2):165-173. 8. Lyons et al., Anim Genet. 2021 Jun;52(3):321-332. 9. Mauler et al., J Vet Intern Med. 2017 Mar;31(2):539-544. 10. Petrikin et al., Semin Perinatol. 2015 Dec;39(8):623-31


SW 22 BW 22 SC FI*TAHTITASSUN HELLA LEMPI JW DVM DSM Breeder: Eila Tahti. Owners: Kirsi Ovaskainen & Eila Tahti Photo: Marika Lahti


GALLERY OF ‘NORWEGIAN FOREST CATS’

FOUR NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT KITTENS – ALL IN A ROW Breeder/Owner: Niina Kokki Photo: Marika Lahti Photography.

INTRODUCTION TO OUR GALLERY OF NORWEGIAN FOREST CATS & KITTENS Norwegian Forest Cat are numerically another of the minority breeds of the Cat Fancy, but are well-known in Scandinavia and Europe, where their numbers are far greater. But interest in them is growing today, and they are now found in the United States, Asia and many of the Pacific Rim countries. They are particularly well known for their very sweet temperaments, their unique straight profile and their mesmerising eyes. We wish to thank the breeders who have provided their own photographs, and give a special acknowledgement to photographers Marika Lahti, Chanan, Russmania, Cate Thomas, Larry Johnson, and Zuliati.

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COVER CAT: GIC S*MYSELISIA’S CAMPARI DVM – born January 14, 2019 Breeders: Cecila/Annie/Thomas Gylling. Owner: Niina Kokki. Photo: Marika Lahti.

DK TOONSCAT’S HUURICANE – born August 28th, 2020 Breeder: Pia Borgesen & Henrik Bussman. Owners: Niina Kokki & Jenni Kahenvirta. Photo: Marika Lahti. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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NZCF GOLD DB.GR.CH. JAYMLYNKATZ WHITE CHRISTMAS – R/Up NZCF LH CAT OF THE YEAR Supreme Exhibit Auckland Cat Club, 2017 under Phillipa Holmes (UK) Breeder/Owner: Denise Grace (NZ) Photo: Mandy Rothe. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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NZCF GOLD DB.GR.CH, JAYMLYNKATZ WHITE CHRISTMAS – Supreme Exhibit under Chuck Gradowski (USA) at the Geyserland Cat Club Show, 2017. Photo: Cate Thomas, Avedon Animal Photography.

NZCF GOLD DB.GR.CH, JAYMLYNKATZ WHITE CHRISTMAS – PPCF Cat of the Year under NZCF Judge John Smithson, 2017. Photo: Cate Thomas, Avedon Animal Photography. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, DW RUSSMANIA ANTONIO GAUDI – Best of Breed NFC 2006/2007 International Division. CAT OF THE YEAR – (Best Cat in Championship) International Division 2006/2007. Sire: GC, DW Sakurasaki Pepelintino. Dam: GC, DW Heavenly Joy av Jodelsbreen DM Breeder: Russell Law. Co-Owners: Ivy Lau, Russell Law. Photo: Russmania.

GP, NW RUSSMANIA GREGORY GLACIER – PREMIER OF THE YEAR 2019/2020 International Division Best Premier in Hong Kong. 2019/2020 Highest Scoring NFC in Premiership in the world. Bred by: Russell Law. Co-Owners: Cherry-Anne Tong/Donald Hsu. Photo: Larry Johnson All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, BWI, DW JOHN COLTRANE OF KEY LIME Sire: CH. Tana Bru’s Reggie of Northstar. Dam: GC Russmania Quality, Not Quantity!!! Breed Winner International – 2019/2020 International Division. 8th Best Cat in Hong Kong. Breeder: Russell Law. Co-Owners: Sarah Wan, Emil Ma. Photo: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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Above: GC, BWI, DW JOHN COLTRANE OF KEY LIME Sire: CH. Tana Bru’s Reggie of Northstar. Dam: GC Russmania Quality, Not Quantity!!! Breeder: Russell Law. Co-Owners: Sarah Wan, Emil Ma. Photos: Russmania.

Below: GP, DW RUSSMANIA DARYA-YE-NOOR OF IDAMAN Sire: GC, DW Sakurasaku Pepelintino of Russmania DM. Dam: GC, DW Purple Rain Blue Tanis of Russmania DM PREMIER OF THE YEAR (POTY) 2010/211 International Division. Breeder: Russell Law. Co-Owners: Cherry Chan. Photo: Zuliati. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, DW SAKURASAKU PEPELINTINO OF RUSSMANIA DM Sire: GC, BW, RW Sakurasaku La Jolla. Dam: Ch. Aamot La Novia of Sakurasaku DM Best of Breed 2005/2006 Internation Division. First ever Male LH DM (Distinguished Merit) from Hong Kong. Breeder: Makiko Sakurai. Owner: Russell Law. Photos: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, DW HEAVENLY JOY AV JOSTEDALSBREEN DM Sire: (FIFe) GIC Ekebergtrollet’s Donald Dam: (FIFe) EC Emma av Isblomst Breeder: Ilona Friedrich. Owner: Russell Law. Photo: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, DW HEAVENLY JOY AV JOSTEDALSBREEN DM Sire: (FIFe) GIC Ekebergtrollet’s Donald Dam: (FIFe) EC Emma av Isblomst Best of Breed 2007/2008 International Division. First ever LH Distinguished Merit winner from Hong Kong. Breeder: Ilona Friedrich. Owner: Russell Law. Photo: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER – 11th Best Cat in Championship Regions 1-9, 2016/2017 Breed Winner, Best Norwegian Forest Cat, Regions 1-9, 2016/2017. CFA’s Highest Scoring Norwegian Forest Cat worldwide. Breeder: Russell Law. Owners: Russell Law & Kitty Barie

GC. BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME – 5th Best Cat in Championship, International Division, 2017/2018. Best Cat in Championship Hong Kong 2017/2018. Best of Breed NFC, International Division, 2017/2018. Breeders: Russell Law/Makiko Sakurai. Owners: Sarah Wan, Emil Ma, Russell Law. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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CHAMPION BLUE JACKET Champion Blue Persian male, born March 17th, 1894. Bred by Mrs. Blair Maconochie. Photo: Our Cats Magazine, November 1st, 1899. © Image, The Harrison Weir Collection. Article backgrounds: www.gograph.com

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AN HISTORICAL PORTRAIT OF

CHAMPION

BLUE JACKET One of the earliest Blue Persian Champions (1894) BY

JOHN G. SMITHSON

Adapted from the authors text for ‘A Persian Rhapsody in Blue’ Published by A-Cat-Emy Concepts, 2021 Articles backgrounds © www.gographic.com

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND In a period spanning a mere 18 to 19 years from when the first Blue Persians made an appearance on the show bench in the Any Other Colour Class at the Crystal Palace, to the end of the 19th century; this colour variety literally began to overwhelm the status of any other breed or colour variety then extant, in the early Cat fancy. When we also consider that the Blue Persian was not even granted a colour class of their own until 1889, then we must acknowledge that it in reality, from an exhibition point of view; only took 10 years for this relatively little known colour to rise to a point of nearly absolute dominance in the Long-haired Show Division. This was a truly remarkable achievement in so short a time frame, and one which should be considered in that light and historical perspective, as an unexpected and unprecedented victory for any colour in the late Victorian era.

The only other newly developing longhair variety that had as dramatic, almost parallel rise during the same period and beyond, was the Chinchilla - (today the Silver Persian). This newly transforming colour variety of the Persian was the only serious rival of the ‘Blue’ and continued to be so, for another half century or more. The Blue became during this time, the ‘Prince’ of Persians, and the Chinchilla it could be said, the ‘Princess’. Champion Blue Jacket is one of the earliest of Blue Persians to achieve Champion status, among his peers being Champion Bundle, Champion Wooloomooloo and Champion Glaucus. It is incredibly fortunate that a couple of images of him still exist, both in and out of coat, from the earliest bound volumes of ‘Our Cats’ now held in the archives of the Harrison Weir Collection. No Persian cat looks particularly great when photographed out of coat, or after a bath!

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A MATURE ‘CHAMPION BLUE JACKET’ AS A SIX-YEAR-OLD, IN SUMMER COAT Photo: ‘Our Cats’ Magazine, May 19, 1900. Image © Archive of The Harrison Weir Collection

That glorious coat which both frames and enhances their beauty, sadly, being lacking! But from an historical perspective, its helps us to be able to view these cats of the past and to note their strengths and failings, in order to better appreciate their value, and to reconcile to ourselves, the amount of dedicated hard work done by previous generations of breeders to both refine and perfect the underlying structure that forms the basis of the Persian cat, that so many of us admire to this day. In the leading fronispiece photograph to this article, published in the very first issue of ‘Our Cats’ magazine, on November 1st, 1899 – we gain our first insight of this male (NCC:2003 v3) born March 17th, 1894; who would

would ultimately stand at the apex of his own dynastic line, a new milestone in the continuum of the growing Blue Persian gene pool. Although he would sire many well-known Blue Persians, his fames extended to adding quality into other colours, especially whites and some blacks; but it is as the sire of the blue-eyed white female ‘Champion Crystal’ that he was instrumental in adding to his own descendant statistics. He was bred by Mrs. Blair Maconochie and first owned or managed by Mrs. C. Hill, both of Tovil, Maidstone. His sire was Mrs. C. Hill’s renown ‘Blue Ruin’ (aka Blue Ruin I) and his dam was Mrs. Maconochie’s blue foundation queen ‘Sylvia.’ Although he was a fifth generation desc

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NCC SILVER MEDAL won by BLUE JACKET at the Manchester Show in 1897. From a chain of 8 medals belonging to Mrs. Finnie Young of Scotland. Now in the Harrison Weir Collection Photo: ANDREW LYNCH. © Archive of The Harrison Weir Collection

direct descendant of ‘Old Jumbo’ on his paternal side, he was in fact a ‘Tier 1’ son of his dam ‘Sylvia;’ who was also the dame of ‘Blue Ruin II’; ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Tovil Jumbo’. His new owner was to be Mrs. A. Finnie Young, originally of West Arthurlie House, Barrhead, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, where he was also known as ‘Rhinsdale Blue Jacket’. From this base he would establish a lasting heritage. But his fame was not limited to his value as a sire, but also as a show winner. In the caption to a photograph published on the

the cover of ‘Our Cats’ magazine, on September 1st,1900; which featured him and two of his sons; namely ‘Blue Jacket II’ and ‘Blue Jacket III’ we are provided with an encapsulated review of his successes on the bench as of that date. It reads: “Mrs Finney (sic) Young’s three Blue Persian Toms. Champion Blue Jacket and his sons. The champion is winner of 18 firsts and 14 seconds at all the leading shows, under 23 different judges, as well as over 100 specials, 7 medals and 2 Cups. Sire of ‘Ch. Crystal,’ winning white female at the Crystal palace,

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LEFT: ‘CHAMPION BLUE JACKET’ (4 YRS), WITH HIS TWO SONS ‘BLUE JACKET II’ (8 MTHS) (centre) AND ‘BLUE JACKET III’ (6 MTHS) (right) Photo: ‘Our Cats’ Magazine, September 1, 1900. © Archive of The Harrison Weir Collection.

Crystal Palace 1898. Sire of winning Black male, Crystal Palace, 1899, also sire of second prize white male, ‘Scotland’s Prince’ Crystal Palace, 1899 and many others.” ‘Champion Crystal’ and ‘Scotland’s Prince’ were littermates, bred by Mr. A Gairn, in Scotland, from his white queen ‘Lily White.’ ‘Crystal,’ who was owned by Miss Mary Hunt, was subsequently bred to the epic white male ‘Champion White Friar’, with whom and by whom, she was responsible for establishing a new and separate dynastic line of whites, that would have a huge impact on Persians of many colours, on both sides of the Atlantic. Therefore, it was as the sire of ‘Champion Crystal’ that the name ‘Blue Jacket’ appears as the grandsire on all the pedigrees of these famous sons and daughters of ‘Crystal’ and ‘White Friar’. ‘Crystal’ also gained much notoriety as a feline ‘poster girl’ as she was most photogenic, and as a result she became the first Persian cat

became the first Persian cat to be used extensively in early 20th century advertising. Many early 20th century postcards feature her image, almost none of which carry her true name, but which are titled ‘Her Majesty’ or ‘His Majesty’ or any other title or caption thought up by marketers of the period. The feline photographer, Mr. Charles Reid, of Wishaw is to be credited for all these photographs, including that photograph featured in ‘The Book of The Cat’ (1903) which was appropriated for use on a business card for ‘Cadbury’s Cocoa,’ both featured on a following page.’ Also included are two or three other images of ‘Crystal’ just two from a large selection of widely circulated postcards, and a large oval landscape image, which is a previously unpublished original studio photo by Charles Reid of ‘Champion Crystal’ that is now held in the archives of The Harrison Weir Collection.

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STUD ADVERT FOR MRS. FINNIE YOUNG’S FAMOUS MALES ‘Our Cats and All About Them’ (1903) by C.A. House.

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ABOVE: A PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ‘CHAMPION CRYSTAL’ BY CHARLES REID, HELD IN THE HARRISON WEIR COLLECTION. BELOW: TWO WIDELY CIRCULATED POSTCARDS FEATURING ‘CHAMPION CRYSTAL’ THAT WERE DISTRIBUTED WORLD-WIDE BETWEEN 1900 and 1915. ALL PHOTOS BY C. REID.

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ABOVE LEFT: THE PHOTOGRAPH OF ‘CHAMPION CRYSTAL’ BY CHARLES REID, THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN ‘THE BOOK OF THE CAT’ (1903). RIGHT: A PHOTO FROM AN EARLY POSTCARD, ALSO BY CHARLES REID. BELOW: BUSINESS CARD FOR ‘CADBURY’S COCOA’ USING THE IMAGE OF ‘CRYSTAL’ BY CHARLES REID. All photos courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection.

Among the many other noted progeny of ‘Ch. Blue Jacket’ may be found the blue female, ‘Int. Ch. Tot of the Downs’ (CCR), whose dam ‘Bijou’ was by ‘Ch. Bundle’ and whose maternal grand-dam was ‘Moth’ by

‘Grand Chartreuse.’ ‘Tot” is also significant as the dam of several other noted cats, among them ‘Blue Girl,’ later known as ‘Wrotham Blue Girl’ and litter brother ‘Son of Darius’ bred by Mrs. H. Ransome. ‘Blue Gi

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OBVERSE SIDE OF TWO OF THE THREE SILVER MEDALS WON BY ‘CHAMPION BLUE JACKET.’ LEFT: SCOTTISH CAT CLUB SILVER MEDAL FOR BEST CAT IN SHOW. RIGHT: NCC SILVER MEDAL WON AT FALKIRK, 1898 Photo: ANDREW LYNCH. © Archive of The Harrison Weir Collection

Girl,’ who was at one time owned by the veterinarian Mr. A Ward; was later sold as a breeding queen to HRH Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. ‘Blue Jacket’ is also the sire of ‘Maida’ owned by Miss A. Eggett, and ‘Ayrshire Bluebell’ owned by Mrs. McKenzie-Stewart. As well as his sons ‘Blue Jacket II’ and ‘Blue Jacket III’ he was also the sire of ‘Blue Jacket IV’ whose official registration we can find in ‘Our Cats’ in published listings of National Cat Club registrations dated February 28th, 1903. His date of birth is given as September 8th, 1902 and his dam as ‘Flora MacDonald, and breeder as Mr. A. Campbell. Other sons include Mrs. MacKenzie Stewarts ‘Florian’ born in 1896 and Mrs. Kershaw’s ‘Krishna II’ (CCR) born April 28th, 1899. Among his other daughters we find Mr.C.W. Witts’s ‘Stelletta of Lozells’ (USR:227) born September 7, 1897 out of Mrs Finnie Young’s ‘Stella I’. ‘Stelletta’ was in turn the dam of ‘Doris

‘Doris of Lozells’. We also find Mr. James Money’s ‘Levern Pearl’ (CCR) born Sept. 3, 1898, out of ‘Darkie’; and lastly, three queens all bred by Mrs. Finnie Young by ‘Blue Jacket’ out of ‘Bijou’ in a litter born August 26, 1895; namely ‘Dolce of Rhinsdale’ (NCC:2390); ‘Bon Bon of Rhinsdale (NCC:2391), and ‘Beauty of Rhinsdale (NCC:2391). All three on paper at least were full siblings to Mrs. Ransome’s ‘Tot of the Downs’. When we look for more in-depth data on wons by ‘Ch. Blue Jacket’ we can pull first early wins from Volume 3 of the National Cat Club’s Stud book, and then secondly from the magnificent Sterling Silver awards belt, owned by Mrs. Finnie Young. From these two sources we can list: First at Barrhead, Scotland in 1894. Second at Glasgow, Scotland in 1894. First at Dunoon, Scotland in 1895.

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MISS FINNIE YOUNG’S ‘CHAMPION BLUE JACKET’ Photo: ‘Our Cats’ Magazine, November 1, 1899. © Archive of The Harrison Weir Collection

SCC Silver Medal, Manchester 1897. NCC Silver Medal, Falkirk, 1898. NCC Silver Medal, for Best Cat in Show (no date) Two other medals on the same belt, one Silver and one Bronze, were awarded to his world-famous cattery mate ‘Ch. White Friar’ who was jointly owned by Mrs. Finnie Young and Miss A. Hunt. There can be little doubt as to the important role that ‘Ch. Blue Jacket’ played in expanding the coverage and influence of Blues, both within the colour variety and impacting on the bloodlines and type in other colours, most especially whites, through his daughter ‘Ch. Crystal.’ Without access to the valuable photos of himsled

himself, from Volume 1 of ‘Our Cats’ magazine, which have not been republished since 1899 and 1900, we would not have had this opportunity to truly assess his phenotype, or to compare his phenotype to that of his illustrious daughter; nor would we have confirmation that he was also the sire of the original ‘Blue Jacket II’. That in itself serves to remind us what a debt of gratitude we owe to those who took these photographs and recorded the relevant history associated with them; but also to those who preserved those valuable volumes in which they appeared so briefly! Or, sadly, all could have very nearly been lost to history. J. Smithson

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‘The Descendants of Bastet’ gives a complete overview of the first century of the Abyssinian breed, from the first mention of the breed in the early 1870s through until circa 1970. Additionally, chapters on the later development of the colors red, blue, and fawn ar included – plus the longhair version of the breed is discussed in a chapter on the originas of the Somali. The book is 8 1/2 x 11. Pre-index, it is 265 pages chock full of historical information for Abyssinian lovers! It includes a great deal of registration information, pedigrees, progeny reports and photos of cats important to the breed history. Preview of the introductory pages here – http://bit.ly/3aBqFys Contact Karen (catfanrep@gmail.com) for pre-order form. No payment is due at this time; you will be contacted when the book is available for mailing.


A word from the Author… The origins of the Abyssinian breed are unknown, and are likely to stay that way. While anecdotal stories tell of cats being imported from Abyssinia (now Somalia), geneticists have expounded theories that the breed originated in countries bordering on the Indian Ocean. Records relate the early importation of cats, but from where is never specified. Breeders have told stories of cats resembling the Abyssinian being found in Abyssinia, but they are hearsay and cannot be positively confirmed. So while origins will remain guesswork, and are explored in-depth herein, the unknown bits are most likely to remain guesswork forever.

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The Descendants of Bastet weaves together what we do know and what can be confirmed regarding the history of the breed growth, in intimate detail, using pedigrees, progeny reports and historical records, starting with that first mention of Zula, on to Queen Jumbo who was the first registered Abyssinian. While we don’t know Queen Jumbo’s birthdate, we do know that she died in 1893. Other Abys of her era included Sedgemere Peaty and Sedgemere Bottle, both produced from unknown heritage; both, however, important to the early development of the breed and pedigrees.

This book is the exciting culmination of years of research, studying of pedigrees, scanning of photos and scrupulous reading of many old magazines in search of tidbits to include and expand upon. The first print run was limited to 175 copies, and there are a small number of copies still available for purchase. If you are interested, please contact Karen Lawrence at catfanrep@gmail.com.


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A word from the Author… What a long and amazing journey it has been, to collate, collect, curate and document the amazingly complex journey of the Blue Persian cat, from its genetic ancestral home in the mountainous regions of Khorasan province, to its establishment in Western Europe, and in particular, its strong foothold in the British Isles – a journey that took the best part of 260 years before it was finally recognised by a dedicated handful of English and Scottish breeders, as unique and full of beauty. From relative obscurity in the mid 1880’s a small but growing band of faithful adherents to its cause, did the faithful groundwork behind this colour variety, which would see it rise to prominence in the world of cats, the formation of the largest specialty club in the world for a time, and an absolutely phenomenal period of expansion of its influence that ‘A Juvenile Party’ and ‘An Unwelcome Visitor’ Illustrations from ‘The Adventures Cat – expansion And a Fine CatofToo’ mirrored of athe Illustrations by Harrison Weir, Images courtesy of The Harrison Weirof Collection. influence the then British Empire. The Blue Persian became the recognised ‘Prince’ of the Persian breed, the pinnacle of what could be achieved by any colour, if the same level of love and dedication was poured into new programs as the founders of the colour-bred Blue had poured into what had become, the cornerstone colour of the modern breed. This writing of this first volume of the history of the Blue Persian has likewise allowed me to develop those necessary skills to tackle similar feline histories with a dedication that is all pervading. It is a privilege and a joy to embrace the detective work and pedigree research involved. I recognise the unique opportunity it has afforded me to meet and work with some amazingly talented and special like-minded individuals around the world, who share a similar or same passion. For that I am especially grateful.


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GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER


FACTFILE Call name: ‘APOLLO’ Breed: Norwegian Forest Cat Colour/Pattern: Brown Classic Tabby & White Date of Birth: October 27th, 2014 Sire: GC Wegiekatt Willie Wonka of Russmania Dam: GC Russmania Quality, Not Quantity!!! (aka QQ) Breeder: Russell Law, Hong Kong. Owners: Russell Law, Kitty Barie, Keith Kimberlin.

Notable Awards and Achievements: CFA One Show Grand Champion 11th Best Cat 2016/2017 Regions 1-9. Breed Winner (BWR) 2016/2017, Regions 1-9. National Winner, 2016/2017. CFA Highest Scoring Norwegian Forest Cat in the World, 2016/2017.

CFA GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER Apollo is from my A2-litter – well at this point it may be worth mentioning how I name my cats because it is a system that I’ve been using since my first litter (Alitter) back in 2005.

While giving the “Archers” theme to my A2 litter was my first step of naming the kittens, it’s the Archer’s names that needed to start with the letter “A” that had me spent some serious time researching.

Like many breeders out there, I name my litters in alphabetical order, and more than that – I give each litter a designated theme based on the alphabet that the litter carries, and in Apollo’s case, the A2litter (that means the A-litter from the 2nd alphabetical cycle), the litter theme is “Archers”. Easy enough to understand, right?!

Anyway, there are 3 kittens from the A2litter, and being the first kitten of the litter to be born, Apollo was designated with the name “Apollo The Archer” – one of the Olympian deities in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus, the God of the Sun & archery.

What makes my naming strategy a bit more fun than most breeders out there is that, not only the litter themes need to follow the alphabetical order, the names of the kittens too!

Willie (GC Wegiekatt Willie Wonka of Russmania), the father of Apollo, was bred by Patti Harriman of Cattery Wegiekatt from North Carolina in the US, and was a love bug in my home before he retired.

His littermate brother is Arjuna The Archer (a Hindu God of archery) and his sister is Artemis The Archer, also another of the Olympian deities.

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GC WEGIEKATT WILLIE WONKA OF RUSSMANIA – sire of the RUSSMANIA A2 LITTER Photos: by Zuliati, courtesy of Russell Law.

Willie’s other hugely successful offspring in shows is Amelia (GC, DW Sakurasaku Amelia Mary Earhart, DM) who’s the mother of my other National Winner and Breed Winner, Destor (GC, BWI, NW Russmania Destoroyah of Key Lime). Willie was loved by a great many queens in my cattery and he threw in a very special kind of brown tabby (black tabby) with an extra warm tone base - so warm that the colour expression would make Apollo look almost like a torbie in pictures (of course he is not). The same warm brown appears in his halfsister Amelia too. Willie now lives in his retirement home with one of his queens Melody (GC, RW Russmania Melody Fair of Sakurasaku, DM) and daughter Amelia.

QQ, (GC Russmania Quality, Not Quantity!!!), the mother of Apollo and the daughter of my most beloved queen (in fact my first queen) from Germany, Heavenly (GC, DW Heavenly Joy av Jostedalsbreen, DM). QQ has amazingly green eyes which look a lot of her mom Heavenly, and her lovely temperament is definitely a continuation of her mom that she has passed on to her son Apollo too - a great asset in any breeding program. I look at QQ every now and then, and that reminds me that Heavenly is still around - her legacy stays forever. Apollo is undoubtedly one of the besttempered cats I’ve ever bred, and to say that he’s easy to bath is an understatement - he actually loves his shower!

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GC RUSSMANIA QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY!!! = dam of the RUSSMANIA A2 LITTER Photo: Russmania

THE 2016/2017 SHOW SEASON In the beginning of the CFA 2016/17 season, I had two cats (both males) that I thought was ready to kick start their seasonal campaign – one of course being Apollo, and the other one was Waimea (GC, BWI, DW Russmania Waimea Canyon, later on becoming the Breed Winner in the International Division, also Best Cat in Hong Kong in the same season). It was a very tough decision for me in choosing who to show, as my active CFA “battlefield” has always been the International Division and I simply just couldn’t even imagine showing two boys fighting for the same titles in the same place, at the same time. It has never been my style showing more than one campaign cat in any given categories under the CFA show structure,

under the CFA show structure, namely the championship, premiership & kitten classes. A “civil war” between two (needless to say more than two) Russmania wegies under the same category (in this case, in championship) would at best split the wins between them (if they’re comparable in quality) and inevitably none would prevail against other competitors, the other breeds in the same battle group.

Before long a plan was set in place – Apollo would go to the US and be shown in the CFA Regions 1-9 (that’s like the major CFA campaign domain comprising the US, Europe & Japan); and Waimea would stay in Hong Kong showing exclusively in the International Division covering Hong Kong and the rest of the countries in Asia (where there presented no quarantine issues All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFAimportation Foundation, Inc. and limiting the exportation of pet animals from Hong


APOLLO AS A ONE-SHOW GRAND CHAMPION IN 2016 – WITH RUSSELL LAW Photo: Suzanne Tam.

RUSSELL & APOLLO WITH CFA JUDGE JERI ZOTTOLI IN 2016. Photo: Suzanne Tam.

RUSSELL & APOLLO WITH CFA JUDGE JAN WALKER ROGERSS IN 2016. Photo: Suzanne Tam.

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RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER AT 18 MONTHS OF AGE Photo: Ree Yip

rest of the countries in Asia (where there presented no quarantine issues limiting the importation and exportation of pet animals from Hong Kong). Thanks to the great care and handling for Apollo from my show partner Kitty Barie from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Apollo had started his campaign in the US mainly stretching over the East Coast (there were relatively fewer big shows in the West Coast).

Apollo had done very well in a great number of big shows since July till the end of 2016, with the highlight that he did particularly great in the CFA International Show in October – he achieved finals of all the rings he attended, and as a result he gained many critical show points, pushing up his placement in the CFA national standings a lot higher than before.

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GC RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER IN THE HOTEL ROOM PRIOR TO THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN BANGKOK, MARCH 2017. Photo: Russell Law.

‘APOLLO’ IN MAGNIFICENT WINNING SHOW FORM AT THE

INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN BANGKOK, MARCH 2017 Photo: Russell Law. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER – AS A MATURED ADULT Photo: Russmania.

Here It is worth mentioning that only the top 25 cats/kittens in championship, premiership & kitten classes will be awarded the title of National Winners (NW) in CFA. Since the start of the 2017 new year, our team had come up with a plan of pushing Apollo’s campaign much further – and that’s to enter him in some of the biggest shows in the International Division (Asia) including China. At that time under the then CFA show rules, cats/kittens going for NW campaign were allowed to score their points in shows out of their designated domains; and in Apollo’s case, despite having his points scored against Regions 19, he could indeed grab points from shows outside of Regions 1-9 – and to be exact in his case, the International Division (ID).

Apollo went back to me from Pittsburgh in March 2017 and his Asian voyage had then started – first stop being the 2017 CFA Royal Canin International Asia Cat Show in Bangkok (8 rings), where Apollo made 2nd Highest Scoring in Show as well as Highest Scoring Longhair Cat in Show. Apollo’s second Asian show was in Bandung, Indonesia (also an 8-ring show) in early April where he exactly made 2nd Highest Scoring in Show again (he was very close to being Best in Show though).

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Above: RUSSELL AND APOLLO WITH NAUFAL MAULANA, AT BANDUNG, INDONESIA. Below: APOLLO CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS AT THE BANDUNG SHOW, APRIL 2017 Photos: Courtesy of Russell Law. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


Above and left: RUSSELL WITH APOLLO AT THE BEIJING SHOW, APRIL 2017. Photos: Courtesy of Russell Law.

shows in Beijing (8 rings) and Shijiazhuang (10 rings) in China, both with unbelievably big counts and all major campaigning cats from China & Asia. Tough competition, yet Apollo excelled as hoped – he had managed again to enter all finals with very high placements, thereby scooping a victorious number of total points to push him high into the 11th place in championship of Regions 1-9 in the end, and his NW and Breed Win titles secured.

I am indeed flabberghasted and forever thankful to Kitty for being my show partner in the toughest battlefields of them all – Regions 1-9 and in particular, I owe a lot to Kitty for running most of the shows there in the USA campaigning Apollo just week after week until February 2017. It was extra hard when Apollo had yet to reach his optimum condition and it was Kitty who kept reminding me that she was never going to give up until “June” (the month of the CFA Annual Awards Banquet – and yes, that’s the way we made jokes all the time). That being said, the Lord must have played His magic on us – the shining light finally hit-in as Apollo had managed to reach his peak cond

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RUSSELL LAW WITH ‘APOLLO’ AT THE SHIJIAZHUANG SHOW- APRIL 2017 WITH JUDGES NEIL QUIGLEY, CHRIS MERRITT, KATHY BLACK, & NANCY DODDS.

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Above: ‘APOLLO THE ARCHER’ WITH HIS WINNING ROSETTES AT THE SHIJIAZHUANG SHOW. Below: RUSSELL & APOLLO WITH JUDGES CAROLYN OWEN & DAVID MARE.

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RUSSELL WITH GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER AT THE END OF THE SHIJIAZHUANG SHOW IN CHINA, APRIL 30, 2017.

Condition, both in weight and coat, two months before the end of the show season (end of April) – subsequently it was at this moment that a very radical, game-changing decision was made – the Asian voyage – which had rocked the game for Apollo totally upside down and inside out, and until then, we knew our strategy was working big time and victory was just around the corner! Looking back, well, he could have been placed even higher (scaringly high) had I decided to show him in China, maybe just half

half a month earlier – but hey – after all, who would have known for sure in the first place that he could do so annoyingly great in the two mega big shows in China?! Apollo is the most mellow, loving and super proactive cat to appear in the judging rings – he loves to play with the judges. Anyone could just hold him for an hour non-stop and he would just “blob” like he’s literally melted into your heart. He's a serious head-butter both at home and at shows.

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GC, BWR, NW RUSSMANIA APOLLO THE ARCHER AT HOME IN HONG KONG – ENJOYING A WELL-EARNED RETIREMENT Photo: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.




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GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME


FACTFILE Call name: ‘DESTOR’ Breed: Norwegian Forest Cat. Colour/Pattern: Brown Mackerel Tabby & White Date of Birth: July 28th, 2015 Sire: GP, DW Russmania Quiet Is Peace!!! (aka Quentin) Dam: GC, DW Sakurasaku Amelia Mary Earhart, DM Breeders: Russell Law & Makiko Sukarai Owners: Sarah Wan & Emil Ma

Notable Awards and Achievements: CFA One Show Grand Champion National Winner, 2017/2018 5th Best Cat, International Division, 2017/2018 Breed Winner International (BWI) 2017/2018 Best Cat in Hong Kong CFA Highest Scoring Forest Cat in the World, 2017/2018

CFA GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME Destor is from my D2-litter (that means the D-litter from the 2nd alphabetical cycle) and the litter theme is “Dragons”. There are 7 kittens from my D2-litter and being the last kitten of the litter to be born, Destor was designated with the name “Destoroyah” – a fictional villain dragon (Kaiju) featured in the Japanese monster’s movies series, the “Godzilla”. Destoroyah is possibly the only Kaiju that has ever kitted Godzilla! GP, DW Russmania Quiet Is Peace!!! (aka Quentin), is the father of Destor and the brother of QQ (GC Russmania Quality! Not Quantity!!!, mother of Apollo), and is a hidden gem from my breeding. He was so good, that I was indeed prepared to run a fu

Destor’s namesake the Kaiju (dragon) from the Japanese movie series ‘Godzilla’ Photo: Russmania.

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Above: GP, DW RUSSMANIA QUIET IS PEACE!!! – sire of ‘DESTOR’ Below: GC, DW SAKURASAKU AMELIA MARY EARHART DM – dam of ‘DESTOR’ Photos: Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


‘DESTOR’ BEING JUDGED AS A KITTEN BY CAROLYN OWEN IN HONG KONG, DECEMBER 2015 Photo: Russmania.

full-scale worldwide campaign for him when he was much younger, but due to some personal issues, I didn’t proceed as planned for that season. I didn’t resume that plan until he was retired and had been rehomed to a great family. Quentin finally blossomed with superb style, he’s fantastically conditioned and I’ve worked with his new human mom to take him to a few shows in the 2021/22 show season, earning him finally the titles of a one show Grand Premier (GP), Divisional Winner (DW) and Best Norwegian Forest Cat in Premiership in the International Division (ID). Mission accomplished at last! Destor’s mom is ‘Amelia’ (GC, DW Sakurasaku Amelia Mary Earhart, DM), a cat

cat that needs little introduction for people who are familiar with my breeding at Russmania. Amelia was co-bred by me and my great breeder partner Makiko Sakurai of Cattery Sakurasaku in Kanazawa, Japan. Amelia’s mom ‘Melody’ (GC Russmania Melody Fair of Sakurasaku, DM) was bred to ‘Willie’ (GC Wegiekatt Willie Wonka of Russmania) in my cattery and she was then sent to Makiko for the delivery of the litter. Amelia is another girl from my breeding with a superb temperament and not only is she one of my best top show cats, she has produced some of the best top show Norwegian Forest cats for me too – so far there have been two National Winners from her, namely Destor (GC, BWI, NW Russmania Destoroyah of Key Lime) and Gregor

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‘DESTOR’ AT A KITTEN SHOW IN HONG KONG, DECEMBER 2015 Above: WITH JUDGE VICKI NYE. Below: with RUSSELL LAW (at rear), Owners SARAH WAN & EMIL MA and JUDGE SHARON ROY Photos: Courtesy of Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


‘DESTOR’ AT ANOTHER SHOW AS A KITTEN, IN MARCH 2016. WITH RUSSELL LAW (at rear) and with JUDGE JOHN COLILLA, and owners EMIL MA & SARAH WAN Photo: Courtesy of Russmania.

Gregory (GP, NW Russmania Gregory Glacier. KITTEN CAMPAIGN Destor attended a few shows as a kitten starting in December 2015 until his last kitten show in March 2016. He did wonderfully well and has earned himself the title of “Divisional Winner” (DW) for being the 4th Best Kitten in Hong Kong under the CFA International Division. (ID) Just one month after his last kitten show (by then aged out over 8 months of age) but still within the 2015/16 CFA show season, Destor attended his first adult show (championship) on April 24, 2016, and he just hit it spot on again – winning enough grand points to make himself a one

one show Grand Champion in CFA, at the age of 8 months and 26 days. Folk in CFA typically call this a ‘Baby Grand’ especially if the cat is granded before turning 9 months old. THE NW/BWI CAMPAIGN 2017/18 There had been a period of time that Destor did not go to any show after he was granded in 2016, partly because of the fact that the CFA 2016/17 show season belonged to Apollo in my masterplan; but the other reason was that I simply didn’t think that Destor was matured enough… at least not yet! Destor’s worldwide campaign kicked off in the CFA 2017/18 season, with the first show of the season in July 2017, and that was

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‘DESTOR’ AS A NEW ONE-SHOW GRAND CHAMPION IN APRIL 2016. Above: (L to R) with SARAH WAN, EMIL MA, RUSSEL LAW & JUDGE DIANA DOERNBERG Below: (L to R) with SARAH WAN, EMIL MA, JUDGE BARBARA HULL JAEGAR & RUSSELL LAW Photos: Courtesy of Russmania. All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


‘A PROUD DAD’ – RUSSELL LAW WITH NEW CFA GC, RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH – APRIL 2016. Photo: Courtesy Russmania.

was a 10-ring show in Hong Kong. Destor entered the show as a Grand Champion and made his first Highest Scoring Cat in Show (Best in Show) in his debut show of the campaign – certainly not a bad start for our team! Destor went on to do extremely well in all the shows in Hong Kong before the 2018 new year – he was again Highest Scoring Cat in Show (BIS) on both the 6 ring show in August, and the 5 ring show in December. One big highlight of his show career was that I did also bring Destor to the CFA International Show in Portland in October 2018, to face possibly the toughest challenge of the whole season. Despite the presence of all the top CFA NW campaigners of various breeds in Portland, Destor still managed to enter all the finals, attaining very high finals in quite

quite a few rings and ending up being one of the top ranking Longhair Grand Champions in that big show. For all the shows starting in 2018 up until the end of April, Destor continued to deliver – he was either again Highest Scoring or 2nd Highest Scoring Cat in all shows in Hong Kong. In March 2018 we had decided that we needed to take the game to a higher level, and that meant to visit shows where there were likely to be huge counts, (hence potentially huge points to pick) – so first we went to the 2018 CFA International Division show in Bangkok (10 rings), where Destor made 2nd Highest Scoring Cat in show, Highest Scoring Longhair Cat in show, and also 2nd place in the ‘Best of the Best’ Final. For the rest of the show season until the end of April, Destor had been shown extensively and exc

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‘DESTOR’ ON CAMPAIGN IN HONG KONG – JULY 2017 Left: with RUSSELL LAW, EMIL MA & JUDGE MARY AUTH. Right: With JUDGE NEIL QUIGLEY Photos: Courtesy of Russmania.

exclusively in all the mega-big shows in China, where he was able to grab a huge amount of show points as a result of being in high final placements in almost all rings in which he had competed. Some final analysis of vital his show data for the show season 2017/18 may be of particular interest: • 81 days (July 22, 2017 to April 28, 2018. • 126 Rings. • 19 Shows. • 26 times Best Cat • 5 times Highest Scoring Cat in Show. •

• Highest Scoring in Championship Longhair and 2nd Best of the Best in CFA International Division International Asia Cat Show in Bangkok • Best of Breed in Championship in CFA International Show, Portland. • Never lost to any other Norwegian Forest Cats during his whole CFA 2017/18 campaign show season. Destor was born as the last kitten from his litter. While being the little brother, he’s always been big in personality. He has always remained human-oriented, and is adorable and friendly to humans and cats alike.

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GC RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH AT THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHOW, BANGKOK, MARCH 2018.

alike. Indeed, he has displayed this stance as a show cat from the earliest days. It was as though he would pose, as if he was a

was a cat model, for some of the best kitten pictures we have ever taken. He’s been very special since he was a baby.

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CFA GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME With his winning rosettes at the International Division Show in Bangkok. Photo: Russmania.

CFA GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME With his winning rosettes from the big show in Shanghai, China. Photo: Russmania All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


CFA GC, BWI, NW RUSSMANIA DESTOROYAH OF KEY LIME Photo: Russmania All content © 2022 Felis Historica, The Harrison Weir Collection & The CFA Foundation, Inc.


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