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Breed Timelines In CFA

The cat fancy in the middle of the 20th century was a far different world from what we know today.

In 1950, only 6 breeds were recognized by CFA for competition!! Those 6 original breeds were:

  • Abyssinian
  • American Shorthair
  • Manx (SH only)
  • Persian
  • Russian Blue
  • Siamese

Over the next 50+ years, an impressive number of new breeds were added. Today 42 breeds are eligible to compete in the Championship, Premiership, Kitten and Veteran Classes.  2 breeds (the Khao Manee and Toybob) are eligible to be shown in the non-competitive classes (Miscellaneous or Provisional), working toward advancement to championship status.

Companion Cats (CCW) are eligible to compete in the Household Pet (HHP) class.

Here’s a look at the timeline for the addition of new breeds:

1953

Sable Burmese

1959

Himalayan

1964

Colorpoint Shorthair

Cornish Rex (known simply as the "Rex" when first accepted, and included what would later become the Devon Rex)

Havana Brown

1967

Birman

Exotic

Korat

1970

Balinese

1973

Turkish Angora

1976

Bombay

Japanese Bobtail (SH only)

Maine Coon

1977

Egyptian Mau

Oriental Shorthair

1978

American Wirehair

Scottish Fold (SH only)

1979

Somali

1980

British Shorthair

Malayan

1983

Devon Rex

1984

Tonkinese

Himalayan was merged with the Persian breed, creating an additional divison

Malayan was merged with the Burmese breed, creating a "Burmese - Dilute" division

1986

Javanese

1987

Chartreux

Ocicat

1988

Singapura

1989

Manx - LH (originally known as the Cymric)

1993

American Curl - LH and SH divisions

Japanese Bobtail - LH division

Norwegian Forest Cat

Scottish Fold - LH division

1994

Turkish Van

1995

Oriental Longhair

2000

Ragdoll

Selkirk Rex - LH and SH divisions

2002

European Burmese

Sphynx

2006

American Bobtail - LH and SH divisions

Siberian

2008

LaPerm - LH and SH divisions

2010

Burmese Sable division and Burmese Dilute division merged - all colors compete as a single breed after this date

2011

RagaMuffin

2014

Burmilla - LH and SH divisions

2018

Bengal

2023

Lykoi

???

Who will be next?

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As of 2022, CFA recognizes 42 pedigreed breeds, as well as non-pedigreed Companion Cats (CCW). Three breeds, the Khao Manee, Lykoi, and Toybob, are, working toward advancement to championship status. Companion Cats (CCW) are eligible to compete in the Household Pet (HHP) class.

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