I have been a member of WCF cat fanciers' club for more than ten years. Till very recently I have never seen a cat participating in the cat show that looks like one belonging to a breed but doesn't have a pedigree certificate. That is, I have never seen a cat being exhibited in the novice class.
Moreover, the rule for exhibiting a cat in the show class of domestic cat says that an adult cat in this class must be altered and it mustn't look belonging to any breed. In this way these rules curbed unlicensed breeding of phenotypes and unthoughtful breeding of domestic cats that are not needed and often find themselves thrown in boxes onto the streets...
I understand that in 1988 when WCF was established the genetic pools of many breeds were very narrow and the novice class was justified. But nowadays cats are overbred. Many animal rights groups try to legislate banning of pure-bred cat breeding. There is not enough rooms in shelters. In some countries the unwanted cats are eutanised. It is very sad. Many breeders find it difficult to sell the kittens that are not suitable for their breeding programs - despite the fact that these kittens are mostly well grown, vaccinated and altered. There are simply too many kittens for sale.
So what do I hear from a cat fanciers' club president regarding the novice class? She says that the rules have changed and now it is possible to bring a phenotype to a show to be seen by two or three judges from different countries and the judges will define whether the cat belongs to a breed or not. And I am not talking now about a native breed! No, the cats brought to the show looked like a sphynx, Scottish and Persian. When I asked who was in the national breed councils that approved bringing these phenotypes to the show (as it is still explained in the show rules on WCF official site) she had nothing to say.
I do hope that the president was somehow misinformed and this will never happen again. Please explain if I am right or wrong.
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