to CFA shows? Want to know the basics of CFA judging?
This page should give you a start. If you want to know the
show rules in details, here is a link to the full show rules.|
what does a cat's entry number mean? All entries are listed in
numerical sequence by class starting with kittens (longhair then
shorthair, championship cats (longhair then shorthair), premiership
(altered adult) cats (longhair then shorthair), then household pets.
pets are listed as all male/neuter houshold pets followed by all
female/spay household pets. Within sex household pets are ordered
by ascending age.
cat was entered in the wrong class, and is transfered to the correct
class at the show, it will retain it's original entry number.
The information provided to the judge about the cat is its:
- Title (in championship and premiership classes)
Judging is a series of eliminations within the class.
all cats of the same breed, color, and sex are judged against the
written standard for that breed. Up to 3 cats are selected as the
best-3th representation of their class - looking only at cats of that
breed, color and sex. The judge awards these cats ribbons with colors
indicating their placement.
Judges judge the cats against the whole written
standard, not just the color. For example, if there are two male red
classic tabby American Shorthairs, the two are judged against how
they fit the
full written American Shorthair standard. The "first place"
does not necessarily
mean that that cat has the best red color. Instead, the first place
red male American Shorthair best fits the entire written American
Shorthair standard including
head, structure, coat, etc.
Next, the judge looks at all the cats, within the breed, within the same
color-class, regardless of sex. Note that the color-class
depends on the particular standard for the breed. In many cases
it would be the same as color. In other cases multiple colors
might be combined together to form the color-class The judge will then
rank the cats in the color-class regardless of sex. Up to two awards can be given in a color class. These are indicated by the judge with colored ribbons.
the judge will look at his or her best cats of each color-class and
select the top-2 representatives of the breed or division. Most breeds
are not separated into divisions unless they have a longhair and
shorthair division. The exceptions is the Persian which is
divided into multiple color-grouped divisions (for example: Solid,
Tabby, Particolor, etc.)
Breed awards are designated by the following color ribbons.
addition, in the championship (unaltered cats 8 months of age and
older) and the premiership (spay/neuter cats 8 months of age and older)
classes the judge also ranks the cats that are listed in their judge's
book as being a CHAMPION or PREMIER. Out of the cats of that breed that
are champions (in championship class) and premiers (in premiership
class) the judge selects the one cat that is the best representative of
the breed as a champion/premier with the following ribbon:
All cats entered in the championship class with the title OPEN or
CHAMPION are eligible for best champion and all altered cats entered in
the premiership class with the title OPEN or PREMIER are eligible for
best premier. Cats entered with a NOVICE title are not
eligible for this award.
Each household pet reflecting good health and vitality receives a Merit award and can be considered by the judge for a final.
might also hear calls or discussion of Miscellaneous breed cats or AOV
cats. These are breeds working their way towards acceptance for
showing or cats with characteristics not currently excepted by an
established breed (for example, a color that isn't currently accepted).
These cats are brought to the judging ring for evaluation
purposes but are not given any awards.
The very end of this process is the finals.
During the finals the judge names the cats felt the very best
representations of their breeds in the class. In most shows 10
finalists are presented in each class. (Very large shows with
high entry counts can present more finalists.)
Finals can be allbreed or specialty.
Allbreed finalist are the cats the judge feels are the very best
of both the longhair and shorthair cats for that class. Specialty
finals only take the longhairs or shorthairs of the class into
consideration. For example, an allbreed kitten final may have both
longhair and shorthair kittens in it. A shorthair specialty kitten
final would only have shorthair kittens.
exception to the allbreed/specialty rule is the household pet class.
All rings, be they allbreed or specialty, will do a final
possibly including both longhair and shorthair household pets
addition to the top-10 placements, in the championship rin the judge
will present their top-3 champions and top-2 premiers. In a
championship allbreed ring this means 9 additional finals (top-3
longhair, top-3 shorthair, and top-3 allbreed). In specialty
finals the top-three of that specialy (top-3 longhair champions or top
3 shorthair champions) are presented. In a premiership ring the
top-2 premiers are presented - (top-2 longhair, top-2, shorthair, and
top-2 allbreed in an allbreed ring and just the appropriate top-2
longhair or shorthair in a specialty ring).
CFA the clerks announce the numbers of the finalists.So, listen
for your entry number when the final is called. You may, of course, go
to the ring to double-check if your number is posted to make sure.
VERY IMPORTANT: A
cat must be present in the ring during the final to be awarded the
final. Any cat that is not present in the ring during the final
will forfeit the final and the judge will select a different cat to
final instead. This is why it is critical to not leave before all
your finals are over for the day - or be out of the showhall (without
someone listening for you) during the show.
All cats in the final must be in judging cages during the final. Because of this finals might be done in "multiple parts".
Frequently asked questions ..."My cat has longhair (shorthair) but is being judged as a shorthair (longhair). What's up with that?"
CFA breeds/related breeds with a different coat length are judged in
the class of their "parental" breed. So, for example:
- Exotic (shorthairs) - are in the longhair class
- Somali - are in the shorthair class with their parental Abyssinians
- Longhair Japanese Bobtails - are in the shorthair class with their shorthaired bretheren
- and so on