Recognition

Recognition

1                  Recognition of new breeds

1.1                  Definition of a new breed

A new breed is a breed not listed by the FIFe as a recognised breed.

 

1.2                  Recognition process of new breeds

The goal of the process to obtain recognition of a new breed is twofold:

  1. to establish the new breed has a solid base within FIFe
  2. to get as many judges as possible acquainted with the new

To recognise a new breed the steps as described in the following sub-articles must be executed.

 

1.2.1              Step 1 – Set up a Breed Council for the new breed

A Breed Council shall be established for the breed. The membership requirements for a Breed Council of a new breed are laid down in § 2 of the Breed Council Rules.

The Breed Council shall consist of at least 3 members from 3 different countries who shall elect a Breed Council secretary. The Breed Council coordinates all administrative work involved in the recognition process and will be supported by the 3 relevant commissions: Breeding & Registration Commission (BRC), Judges & Standards Commission (JSC) and Health & Welfare Commission (HWC). For issues related to the recognition process a direct contact is allowed between the Breed Council secretary and these commissions. All correspondence should always be sent to/by the Breed Council secretary.

 

1.2.2              Step 2 – Preparation of the preliminary recognition of the new breed

The requirements which must be fulfilled before preliminary recognition of the new breed can be proposed are:

  1. at least 3 individual members of at least 3 FIFe Members in different countries must have bred each at least 1 litter of the breed in the previous 2 years
  2. pedigrees must be presented of at least 3 different cats showing 5 consecutive generations of the breed for recognition prior to the cat or 5 generations of breeding according to the suggested breeding restrictions and registration rules for the breed
  3. pedigrees must be presented of at least 15 different cats showing 3 different generations of the same breed for recognition prior to the cat or 3 generations of breeding according to the suggested breeding restrictions and registration rules for the breed
  4. all these cats must be owned or bred by a FIFe Member’s individual member
  5. all these cats must have been correctly registered according to FIFe rules in the Pedigree Books of at least 3 different FIFe Member countries
  6. all these cats must have pedigrees in accordance with 4.5.

The Breed Council:

  • collects and sends the scans of the original pedigrees (cats bred/owned) to the BRC for their check and approval
  • sets up specific breeding restrictions and registration rules (if any) for the breed in cooperation with the BRC
  • collects information on health issues in the breed, based on the guidelines given by the HWC (for example – but not limited to – litter sizes and number of kittens born) and sends this information to the HWC for their consideration
  • sends general information about the breed (origin and history, development, colours, etc.) to the JSC
  • sets up the preliminary breed standard in cooperation with the JSC (format, wording, consistency with other breed standards).

The JSC sets up the description of the varieties which are not yet recognised in any other breed and/or not described in the General Part of the Standards.

 

1.2.3              Step 3 – Propose the preliminary recognition of the new breed

After the confirmation from the 3 commissions has been received that all the necessary tasks and requirements in the previous step have been fulfilled, a joint proposal for preliminary recognition of the breed will be forwarded by the commissions to the next General Assembly.

The necessary information and documentation must be sent on a regular basis to the commissions. All such information and documentation must be received no later than the 1st of January in order to forward the proposal to the General Assembly of the same year.

The proposal must be forwarded in all FIFe languages and must at least include:

  • the preliminary breed standard including the scale of points, the table of varieties (EMS codes) and the category to which the breed belongs; all and only varieties (EMS codes) which are genetically possible according to the presented pedigrees can be included in the proposal
  • the description of varieties which are not yet recognised in any other breed and/or not described in the General Part to the Standards (if any)
  • the specific breeding restrictions and registration rules (if any)
  • the report of the JSC (introduction of the breed, history, colours, )
  • the report of the BRC (pedigree information on cats bred/owned)
  • the report of the HWC (health issues)
  • the recommendation from each commission for the preliminary recognition of the

The JSC is to give a short presentation of the breed (preferably with cats present) at the General Assembly.

 

1.2.4              Step 4 – The preliminary recognition phase of the new breed

After the proposal in the previous step has been accepted by the General Assembly, the preliminary recognition phase of the new breed starts on the 1st January of the next year.

During this phase cats of the preliminary recognised breed must be exhibited at FIFe shows in accordance with § 5.5.4 of the Show Rules and they will receive judges’ reports.

The requirements which must be fulfilled before full recognition of the preliminary recognised breed can be proposed are:

  1. at least 1 year must have passed since preliminary recognition was obtained for the breed
  2. at least 5 individual members of at least 3 FIFe Members in different countries must be actively breeding the breed during the preliminary recognition phase, i.e. at least a total of 15 different litters
  3. at least 40 different cats of the breed must each have been exhibited in show classes 7 – 12 in at least 3 different shows during the preliminary recognition phase; at least 15 of these cats must have the title PIC/PIP registered
  4. all these cats must have been entered for shows in accordance with their registered pedigree details
  5. each cat must have been judged by at least 3 different judges (countersigning is possible)
  6. all these cats must have received the qualification “Excellent” from the judges
  7. the shows must have been organised in at least 3 different countries
  8. all these cats must be owned or bred by a FIFe Member’s individual member
  9. all these cats must have been correctly registered according to FIFe rules in the Pedigree Books of at least 3 different FIFe Member countries
  10. all these cats must have pedigrees in accordance with 4.5.

The Breed Council:

  • collects and sends scans of the original pedigrees (cats bred and cats shown) to the BRC for their check and approval
  • sets up specific breeding restrictions and registration rules (if any) for the breed in cooperation with the BRC
  • collects information on health issues in the breed based on the guidelines given by the HWC (for example – but not limited to – litter sizes and number of kittens born) and sends this information to the HWC for their consideration
  • collects scans of the original judge’s reports and – if applicable – the accompanying diploma (stating the name and other data of the cat), to be sent to the Breed Council by the cat’s owner
  • sends the scans of the judge’s reports + diplomas to the JSC
  • sets up the final breed standard in all FIFe languages in cooperation with the JSC (format, wording, consistency with other breed standards).

If after 5 years a preliminary recognised breed has not obtained full recognition, it will automatically return to the status “non-recognised breed”.

 

1.2.5              Step 5 – Propose the full recognition of the new breed

After the confirmation from the 3 commissions has been received that all the necessary tasks and requirements in the previous step have been fulfilled, a joint proposal for full recognition of the breed will be forwarded by the 3 commissions to the next General Assembly.

The necessary information and documentation must be sent on a regular basis to the commissions. All such information and documentation must be received no later than the 1st of January in order to forward the proposal to the General Assembly of the same year.

The proposal must be forwarded in all FIFe languages and must at least include:

  • the final breed standard, including the scale of points, the table of varieties (EMS codes), the category to which the breed belongs and the groups (if any) in which the varieties of the breed will be judged at shows; all and only varieties (EMS codes) which are genetically possible according to the presented pedigrees can be included in the proposal
  • the description of varieties which are not yet recognised in any other breed and/or not described in the General Part to the Standards (if any); this is the task and responsibility of the JSC
  • the final breeding restrictions and registration rules (if any)
  • the report of the BRC (pedigree information on cats bred/shown)
  • the report of the JSC (information on cats shown / evaluation of issued judges reports and results)
  • the report of the HWC (health issues)
  • the recommendation from each commission for the full recognition of the

The JSC is to organise a lecture on the breed on the judges’ seminar following the General Assembly, with cats of the breed present.