Oriental Cats in the UK

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Breed Advisory Committees

There is a Breed Advisory Committee for each breed group recognised by the GCCF, its functions being:

A breed group may consist of a single breed (e.g. Korat, Cornish Rex) a group of colours or patterns (e.g. Self Persians, Tabby Persians) or all colours and patterns of a breed (e.g. British, Asian, Burmese, Siamese). Prior to the BAC system being set up, Judges were appointed to lists which might consist of a single colour of a breed (e.g. Blue Persian, Chinchilla, Havana) or a large group (e.g. British, Burmese, Siamese) and had to apply separately for each list. The BAC system amalgamated many of the single colour lists into groups, so that Judges would be appointed to all breeds within that group.

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 The Oriental Joint Breed Advisory Committee

Before the BAC system, each Oriental Shorthair breed had a separate judge list, so a Judge of Havanas was not necessarily a Judge of Whites or Blacks. The BAC system amalgamated these into two breed groups - Oriental Self and Oriental Non-Self. Oriental Longhairs remained a separate breed group.

Judges were appointed separately to each of these groups so a Full Judge of Oriental Selfs could judge all Oriental Self breeds but was not necessarily a Judge of Oriental Non-Selfs or Oriental Longhairs.

The BACs for these separate lists met together as the Oriental Joint BAC.

The Oriental Bicolour list was added when Oriental Bicolours gained Preliminary recognition. When they achieved Provisional recognition, the Oriental Bicolour BAC was formed. It was initially part of the Oriental Joint BAC, but left OJBAC and met on its own when Bicolours achieved Championship status.

From February 2015, the individual Oriental lists have been combined in a single list, for which OJBAC is the BAC.

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 Oriental Seminar

The Oriental Joint BAC holds a seminar at least every other year, sometimes in conjunction with other BACs, for the benefit of candidates, Judges, Club representatives and breeders. It is a forum for education, assessing the candidates and discussing the judging of Orientals, with cats present to illustrate the topics discussed.


These pages were brought up to date from the original by Julia May which is still accessible here:- Palantir

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