Shaw, Breed, Pet quality cats
Shaw, Breed, Pet quality cats
Very often we have to witness misunderstandings arising from cattery owners in connection with the quality of kittens and producers. This happens because few people differentiate kittens by quality in litters, and many do not even know on the basis of what principles it should be done. The question seems to be very important because the quality of the kitten gives people around them an opinion about the level of your professionalism, which will affect the rating of your cattery, and also help to avoid conflict situations when selling kittens.
After all, it is the quality that determines the price of a particular kitten. The division of cats depending on the quality and purpose of their future use is accepted all over the world, in all feline systems, be it FIFe, CFA, WCF, RUI, or an independent association. But you will not find such a classification in any breed standard, or in any other normative documents: this is a collective concept that has been formed for decades, every self-respecting breeder knows about it and he knows how to use it. There are three definitions of animal groups.
Show quality (from the English show – spectacle). This designates a high level and the highest quality, and the animals that fall into this group are intended for exhibition and breeding work. Accordingly, these are the most prestigious and expensive cats. This includes animals that fully comply with the standard. They are highly breed, have a minimum of flaws and not a single blemish, this is the standard of the breed. As a rule, such cats are decoration, pride and advertisement of the cattery.
Breed quality (from the English breed – breed). Animals of this category are intended mainly for breeding work, that is, for the reproduction of kittens. Basically, all breeders consider only the female half in this group, because breed-quality cats are usually referred to the next, third group – pet. The breed-quality animal is a healthy cat, with an excellent pedigree and good reproductive hereditary traits. The number one task for such a cat is to give birth to live, healthy and full-fledged kittens. When the owner of the cattery is in a difficult financial situation and is not able to purchase a show-quality cat for his cattery, a breed-quality animal is an excellent way out.
Pet quality (from the English pet – home) – the last group. This category can include both cats and cats of the lowest quality or with disqualifying defects and serious defects (cryptorchidism, fractures on the tail, color marriage, eye color marriage, etc.), animals that, due to certain other circumstances cannot reproduce offspring, as well as cats of a breed-quality and cats of lower quality than a breed (weakly expressed breed characteristics), in general, those that are not of interest in breeding. Animals of this group should be cheaper than all the others.
From all of the above, it follows that all three groups have different purposes and prices. Thus, having started selling the litter, you should already have an idea of the quality of the kittens and their estimated cost. If, when selling a kitten or an adult animal, you warned of what quality you are selling a cat and signed an agreement in which you indicated belonging to one of three groups – show, breed or pet, I think you will save the future owner of your pet and yourself from troubles and surprises as the owner of the cattery. It is quite natural that the definition of the quality of a kitten is a subjective question: for some it will seem like a show, but for some it will be a breed. It all depends on the experience and, of course, on the decency of the breeder. Novice breeders will always be given recommendations in the club when registering a litter. Unfortunately, in the metrics and pedigrees, no marks about the quality of the animal are put (except for the case when, due to obvious defects, a mark is put “without the right to breeding”).
The majority of cattery owners in our country strive to purchase only show-quality cats. But we should not forget that the breed-quality cats still form the backbone of the cattery. They give birth to those wonderful Champions and Grand Champions that we see at exhibitions. And when buying abroad, almost all catteries do not seek to show off the mother of your future cat or cat. All this suggests that although the breed quality cats are widely used in the breeding program of all Western European and American catteries, they remain outside the grandiose show exhibitions and awards. Their destiny is to work and give birth to show-quality children, and the title “Outstanding Breeder” is awarded not only to show-class cats, but also to breed-quality cats, after they give birth to five Grand Champions (according to the CFA system). To the name of such an animal, two capital letters DM are added at the end.
When purchasing an animal, you need to think carefully about the purposes for which you are doing this and what means you have at the same time. Accordingly, you will immediately determine the class of cat or cat you need.
Also, do not buy animals in the “bird market” – you can become a victim of deception. But any reputable club will be the guarantor of the fact that you acquire a truly thoroughbred animal and pay the appropriate price for it.
© Ruslan Massar