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Although it is possible to mate various cats together and produce kittens which look more or less like Orientals, only certain matings will produce cats which can be registered and sold as Orientals.

Only Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese are allowed in Oriental pedigrees. (The US Colorpoint Shorthairs are known here as Siamese). The Oriental Shorthair look-alikes produced from Oriental Longhair/Oriental Shorthair, Balinese/Oriental Shorthair or Oriental Longhair/Siamese crosses must be registered as Oriental Longhair Variants.


Registration Policy for Oriental Shorthairs
other than the Foreign White

This registration policy applies to all Oriental Shorthair breeds which at present have Full, Provisional or Preliminary recognition with the exception of the Foreign White (Breed 35). It shall also apply to any other breeds/colours of Oriental Shorthair which may be produced by a combination of the colour genes already recognised in Oriental Shorthairs.

When breeding Oriental Shorthairs every attempt should be made to select healthy cats to breed from, free from known hereditary diseases.

If a cat is known to have possessed the gene for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), its progeny should be screened for PKD, either under the FAB/PKD scheme or by a reliable genetic test, before being used for breeding Oriental Shorthairs.

If practical and reliable genetic tests become available for Hepatic and/or Renal Amyloidosis, cats should be screened for this before being used for breeding Oriental Shorthairs in order to be aware of the extent of the problem.

If any hereditary disease, for which a practical and reliable test is available, becomes prevalent in Oriental Shorthairs, this Registration Policy may be amended to require testing for that particular disease before progeny may be registered on the Active Register, untested cats being registered on the Genetic register.

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 Breeds Permitted in the Pedigrees of
 Oriental Shorthairs


A. ORIENTAL SHORTHAIRS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FOREIGN WHITE

Oriental Shorthairs are recognised in the following colours: black (brown) (no suffix), blue (a), chocolate (b), lilac (c), red (d), black tortie (e), cream (f), apricot (fn), blue tortie (g), chocolate tortie (h), lilac tortie (j), cinnamon (k), cinnamon tortie (m), caramel (n), caramel tortie (p), fawn (r) and fawn tortie (y) and the silver versions of all of these, thus producing the following breeds:

A.i. Standard Division:
Havana (29), Oriental Lilac (29c), Oriental Black (37), Oriental Blue (37a), Oriental Red (37d), Oriental Cream (37f), Oriental Apricot (37fn), Oriental Tortie (37e,g,h,j,m,p,y), Oriental Cinnamon (37k), Oriental Caramel (37n), Oriental Fawn (37r), Oriental Spotted Tabby (38 standard colours), Oriental Classic Tabby (41 standard colours), Oriental Mackerel Tabby (44 standard colours), Oriental Ticked Tabby (45 standard colours). .

A.ii. Silver Division:
Oriental Smoke (42 all colours), Oriental Spotted Tabby (38 silver colours), Oriental Classic Tabby (41 silver colours), Oriental Mackerel Tabby (44 silver colours), Oriental Ticked Tabby (45 silver colours)

A.iii. Shaded Division:
Oriental Shaded (43 all colours, standard and silver)

B. UNRECOGNISED ORIENTAL SHORTHAIRS

Breeds which are not yet recognised at Preliminary level but which are produced by a combination of the colour genes already recognised in Oriental Shorthairs are accepted in the pedigrees of Oriental Shorthairs.

If recognised, these would be placed in the appropriate division.

(NB Any breeds displaying white spotting, white gloving or the gene for Burmese colour restriction are excluded.)

C. SIAMESE
Siamese (breeds 24, 24a, 24b, 24c, 24k, 24n, 24r, 32, 32a, 32b, 32c, 32fn) are accepted in the pedigrees of Oriental Shorthairs.

D. SIAMESE OF UNRECOGNISED COLOURS

Pointed cats of any of the Oriental Shorthair colours described in A or B above, but which are not yet accepted as Siamese, are accepted in the pedigrees of Oriental Shorthairs. e.g. Apricot Point, Silver Tabby Point, Shadow (Smoke) Point etc. For the purposes of this document these cats will be described as Siamese.

OTHER BREEDS

FOREIGN WHITES
Matings between Foreign Whites and other Oriental Shorthairs are not permitted. Any progeny of Oriental Shorthair appearance will be registered on the Reference Register as "SH of Oriental type". After six generations of matings to cats of groups A, B, C or D above, the resulting progeny may be registered as Oriental Shorthairs on the Supplementary or Experimental Register, as appropriate.

ORIENTAL BICOLOURS
Matings between Oriental Bicolours and other Oriental Shorthairs are only permitted for the breeding of Oriental Bicolours. All shorthaired non-bicolour progeny of such matings will be registered on the Reference Register as "SH of Oriental type". After six generations of matings to cats of groups A, B, C or D above, the resulting progeny may be registered as Oriental Shorthairs on the Supplementary or Experimental Register, as appropriate.

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 Registration Policy

1. FULL REGISTER

Oriental Shorthairs, with the exception of the Foreign White, with Full or Provisional recognition which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations only Oriental Shorthairs of the same division as listed in A.i. to Aiii. above shall be registered on the Full Register, with the exception of those cats whose pedigrees include within three generations a cat registered on the Experimental or Reference Register.

2. SUPPLEMENTARY REGISTER

Oriental Shorthairs, with the exception of the Foreign White, with Full or Provisional recognition which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations only Oriental Shorthairs or Siamese as listed in A, B, C or D above shall be registered on the Supplementary Register.

3. EXPERIMENTAL REGISTER

Oriental Shorthairs with Preliminary recognition which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations only Oriental Shorthairs or Siamese as listed in A, B, C or D above shall be registered on the Experimental Register.

Siamese (as listed in C and D above) which have Foreign Whites (35) in their pedigrees are permitted in the pedigrees of Oriental Shorthairs on the Supplementary or Experimental Register. NOTE: When applying to register Oriental Shorthairs with Foreign White grandparent(s), great-grandparent(s), great-great-grandparent(s) or great-great-great-grandparent(s) a copy of the five-generation pedigree must be submitted with the application.

4. REFERENCE REGISTER - I

Oriental Shorthairs of breeds, such as those listed in B above, which do not yet have Preliminary recognition but which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations only Oriental Shorthairs or Siamese as listed in A, B, C or D above shall be registered on the Reference Register but shall be eligible to be considered as registered on the Experimental Register in the event of Preliminary recognition of their breed.

Cats of Oriental Shorthair appearance produced from matings between Foreign Whites and other Oriental Shorthairs shall be registered on the Reference Register as "SH of Oriental type"

Cats of Oriental Shorthair appearance produced from matings between Oriental Shorthairs and Oriental Bicolours shall be registered on the Reference Register as "SH of Oriental type"

After six generations of matings to Oriental Shorthairs or Siamese as listed in A, B, C or D the resulting progeny may be registered as Oriental Shorthairs on the Supplementary or Experimental Register as appropriate.

Cats of Oriental Shorthair appearance produced from matings between Oriental Shorthairs and Oriental Longhairs or Balinese shall be registered on the Reference Register as Oriental Longhair Variants and are only acceptable in the pedigrees of Oriental Longhairs or Oriental Bicolours. Their shorthaired progeny will be overstamped "may carry the longhair gene"

5. REFERENCE REGISTER - II

Cats of Oriental Shorthair appearance produced from matings to other recognised breeds whose Registration Policies permit Oriental Shorthairs as an outcross breed shall be registered as directed by the Registration Policy for the other breed, but with no reference to Oriental type, and shall not be permitted in the pedigrees of Oriental Shorthairs. All other cats of Oriental Shorthair appearance which have in their pedigrees within the preceding five generations any cats other than the Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese as listed in A, B, C or D above shall be registered on the Reference Register as "no recognised breed" and with no progression, unless accompanied by a five-generation pedigree showing no longhaired, gloved, Burmese/Tonkinese coloured, Bengal, rex-coated or hair-deficient breeds, together with an explanation of the reason for the outcross: this may be referred to the relevant BAC before progeny may be registered as "SH of Oriental type".

NOTE: All Red, Cream or Apricot Orientals with one or more Tabby Point, Oriental Tabby or Oriental Shaded parents must be registered as Red, Cream or Apricot Oriental Tabbies or Shadeds until proved otherwise. They may not be registered as Oriental Selfs or Oriental Smokes until test matings have proved them to be free of the agouti gene.
No cat may be registered as a Tabby or Shaded unless it has an agouti parent.

In the case of cats imported onto the GCCF register, no cat with a Tabby Point, Oriental Tabby or Oriental Shaded within five generations may be registered as a Red, Cream or Apricot Self or Smoke unless either
a. the cat has been proved by test matings to be non-agouti, or
b. there is a non-red, non-agouti cat breaking the line descending from the Tabby Point/Oriental Tabby/Shaded, or
c. a Red, Cream or Apricot cat in the line descended from the Tabby Point/Oriental Tabby/Shaded has been proved by test matings to be non-agouti.

N.B.
This ruling shall take effect from 26th April 1989, amended 23 February 2005 and shall not be retrospective. All suitable offspring of two Full Register parents shall themselves be registered on the Full Register. All suitable offspring of two Supplementary or Experimental Register parents, or from one Full Register and one Supplementary or Experimental Register parent, shall be registered on the Supplementary or Experimental Register as appropriate. From 26th April 1989, amended 23 February 2005 any kittens born from parents of any breed not listed in groups A, B, C or D shall be registered as defined above.

(amended 23.10.96 with the recognition of Apricot as an Oriental colour
amended 21.2.01 by addition of Apricot Point to C and note re imports
amended 23.2.05 by addition of notes re health and testing, Oriental Bicolours and amendments of Notes


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