Breed Standards: Persians
General Type Standard

The Self Persian should be a solid balanced cat, with a massive head in proportion to its body, which should be short and cobby with broad chest, short sturdy legs, large paws and a short full tail. The cat should have a long flowing coat.

Head and Ears - Head round and massive with great breadth of skull; well balanced. Small, round-tipped ears, set wide apart and low on the head, fitting into the rounded contour of the head, with full ear furnishings but not unduly open at the base. Full cheeks; round forehead.
Short broad nose of even width with stop (break). Nose leather fully formed.
Strong chin and full muzzle with broad and powerful jaws, without a ‘pinch. Short thick neck.
Eyes - Large full round eyes; brilliant in colour and set well apart. Bold and not deep set.
Body - Large or medium in size; of cobby type; low on the legs. Broad deep chest; massive shoulders and rump; well muscled.
Legs and Paws - ,Short thick strong legs. Large round firm paws, preferably well tufted. Toes carried close: five in front, four behind.
Tail - Short and bushy but in proportion to body length.
Coat - Long and thick. Fine in texture; not excessively woolly. Soft and full of life. Full frill covering the shoulders and continuing into a deep frill between the front legs.
Cats should be shown in good general condition and well presented.

SCALE OF POINTS
Head: including general shape of head, forehead; set of eyes; shape and set of earsnose length, width and stop; width of cheeks and muzzle; chin; 25
Eyes: including size, shape and colour 15
Body: including shape, size and bone structure, tail and length of tail,height, thickness of legs and paws 20
Cat: including colour, texture and quality; evenness of colour 40
Total 100

Withhold all Awards for:
Solid areas of white anywhere (except in white cats)

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for

  1. Tabby markings (see note under Red Self)
  2. Incorrect or extremely pale eye colour
  3. Flecks or traces of incorrect colour in either iris
  4. Incorrect pigment in nose leather, eye rims or paw pads
  5. Almond or oriental eye shape and/or set
  6. The upper edge of the nose leather above the lower edge of the eye
  7. Any defect as listed in the preface to this SOP booklet.
RED SELF LH (4)

Colour - Deep rich red, free of white hairs, sound and even in colour, although slight shading on the forehead and legs is acceptable. Nose leather, eye rims and paw pads deep pink.
Note: Red kittens often show ghost tabby markings in the coat. This should not be unduly penalised.
Eyes - Copper or deep orange.

CREAM LH (5)

Colour - Pale to medium cream, sound and even in colour without a white undercoat, free from shading, markings or white hairs. Nose leather, eye rims and paw pads pink.
Eyes - Copper or deep orange.

TORTOISESHELL,TORTIE & WHITE, Bl-COLOUR LONG HAIR

General Type Standard
Head and Ears - Head round and massive with great breadth of skull; well balanced. Small, round-tipped ears set wide apart and low on the head, fitting. into the rounded contour of the skull, with full ear furnishings but not unduly open at the base. Full cheeks; round forehead.
Short broad nose of even width with stop (break). Nose leather fully formed.
Strong chin and full muzzle with broad powerful jaws, without a pinch". Short thick neck.
Eyes - Large, full round eyes; deep orange or copper, brilliant in colour and set well apart. Bold and not deep set.
Body - Large or medium in size. Of cobby type; low on the legs. Broad deep chest; massive shoulders and rump; well muscled.
Legs and Paws - Short thick strong legs. Large round firm paws, preferably well tufted. Toes carried close: five in front, four behind.
Tail - Short and bushy but in proportion to body length.
Coat - Long and thick. Fine in texture; not excessively woolly. Soft and full of life. Full frill covering the shoulders and continuing into a deep frill between the front legs. In all varieties the pigmentation of the nose leather, eye rims and paw pads should compliment the adjacent fur colour.
Cats should be shown in good general condition and well presented.

SCALE OF POINTS for Tortoiseshell LH
Head: including general shape of head, forehead; set of eyes; shape and set of ears; nose length, width and stop; width of cheeks and muzzle; chin; overall balance 25
Eyes: including size, shape and colour 15
Body: including shape, size and bone structure; tail and length of tail; height, thickness of legs and paws 20
Coat: including colour, texture and quality, soundness of colour and clarity of pattern 40
Total 100
SCALE OF POINTS for Tortie & White and Bi-colour LH
Head: including general shape of head, forehead; set of eyes; shape and set of ears; nose length, width and stop; width of cheeks and muzzle; chin; overall balance 25
Eyes: including size, shape and colour 15
Body: including shape, size and bone structure; tail and length of tail; height,thickness of legs and paws 20
Coat: including colour, texture and quality, soundness of colour and clarity of pattern 40
Total 100

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for

  1. Incorrect or extremely pale eye colour (except in kittens)
  2. Flecks or traces of incorrect eye colour in either iris (except in kittens)
  3. Almond or oriental eye shape and/or set
  4. The upper edge of the nose leather above the lower edge of the eye
  5. A dense or overly patched coat in Blue-Cream or Lilac-Cream
  6. Tabby markings in non-tabby colours (except in kittens)
  7. Incorrect proportion of white to colour or colour to white in Tortie & White and Bi-colour
  8. A fully white tail in Tortie & White and Bi-colour
  9. Any defect listed in the preface to this SOP booklet.
TORTOISESHELL LH (11)

Black well broken by shades of red throughout the coat to the extremities.
Note: Some kittens may show greying in the black fur. This is not a fault and an otherwise good exhibit should not be unduly penalised.

BLUE-CREAM LH (13)

Blue and cream, pastel in tone and softly intermingled throughout the coat to the extremities.

CHOCOLATE TORTIE LH (11b)

Chocolate well broken by shades of red throughout the coat to the extremities.
Note: Some kittens may show greying in the chocolate fur. This is not a fault and an otherwise good exhibit should not be unduly penalised.

LILAC-CREAM LH (11c)

Lilac and cream, pastel in tone and softly intermingled throughout the coat to the extremities.