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Excerpts from the 1958 CFA Yearbook, Part 2

CFA’s New Registration Coding System

On August 1, 1958, the Cat Fanciers’ Association initiated a new coding system for the numbering of registered cats. Numbers for registration will consist of a three digit code number which will indicate the breed, color and sex of the cat; and a four digit number which will be the cats individual number, (000-0000). For cats listed in the Foundation Record, a -1, -2, or -3 (indicating 1st, 2nd, or 3rd generation), will be added to the end of the number.

The following listing is an explanation of the three digit code number which indicates breed, color, and sex.

First Digit (Breed):
1 – Longhair
2 – Siamese
3 – Abyssinian
4 – Burmese
5 – Russian Blue
6 – Manx
7 – Domestic Shorthair (now American Shorthair)
8 – AOC

Second Digit (Color)
0 or 1 – Solid Color Division
3 – Silver Division
4 or 5 – Tabby & Tortie Division
6 – Parti-colored
7 – Himalayan or Siamese
8 – Abyssinian
9 – AOC

Third Digit (Sex)
In all cases, an even number indicates a male, and an odd number indicates a female.

Although CFA’s registration number has greatly expanded since 1958, with 4 digits in front of the dash, and 7 following it, this original numbering scheme can still be seen in today’s registration numbers!

Samples of Code Numbering:

144-1374

Code indicates the cat is a Long-Haired Brown Tabby Male. 1374 is the Cat’s individual number.

277-1193-2

Code indicates the cat is a Blue Point Siamese Female. 1193 is the cat’s Individual number. “-2” indicates 2nd generation Foundation Record.

401-1228

Code indicates the cat is a Burmese Female. 1228 is the cat’s individual Number.

Note that at this time, the individual number portion assigned was specific to that particular breed, color & sex. So, there would be a -0001 suffix cat for every breed/color/sex combination. This changed around 1980, and now the registration suffix is assigned sequentially as they are registered, and each is completely unique to a particular cat.

Complete Listing of Three Digit Code Numbers For All Cats

Color
Longhair (100)
Manx (600)
Domestic Shorthair (700)
Blue-Eyed White Male
100
600
700
Blue-Eyed White Female
101
601
701
Orange-Eyed White Male
102
602
702
Orange-Eyed White Female
103
603
703
Odd-Eyed White Male
104
604
704
Odd-Eyed White Female
105
605
705
Blue Male
106
606
706
Blue Female
107
607
707
Black Male
108
608
708
Black Female
109
609
709
Red Male
110
610
710
Red Female
111
611
711
Peke Red Male
112
612
712
Peke Red Female
113
613
713
Cream Male
114
614
714
Cream Female
115
615
715
Chinchilla Male
130
630
730
Chinchilla Female
131
631
731
Shaded Silver Male
132
632
732
Shaded Silver Female
133
633
733
Smoke Male
134
634
734
Smoke Female
135
635
735
Silver Tabby Male
136
636
736
Silver Tabby Female
137
636
737
Red Tabby Male
140
640
740
Red Tabby Female
141
641
741
Peke Red Tabby Male
142
642
742
Peke Red Tabby Female
143
643
743
Brown Tabby Male
144
644
744
Brown Tabby Female
145
645
745
Tortoiseshell
147
647
747
Calico
149
649
749
Blue-Cream
151
651
751
Parti-Colored Male
660
Parti-Colored Female
661

These prefix numbers are still seen and used today. For instance, a Blue-Eyed White Persian female will have a registration number of 0101-xxxxx, and a Brown Tabby American Shorthair male will have a registration number of 0744-xxxx.

Color
Himalayan (170)
Siamese (270)
Chocolate Point Male
170
270
Chocolate Point Female
171
271
Seal Point Male
172
272
Seal Point Female
173
273
Frost Point Male (now lilac point)
174
274
Frost Point Female (now lilac point)
175
275
Blue Point Male
176
276
Blue Point Female
177
277

These registration prefixes are still seen today as a hold-over in our color classes, as well. If you have ever wondered why your Seal Point Himalayan Male is registered with a prefix of 3272-, yet you enter the show in Color Class 0172, now you know why!

Breed
Number
Abyssinian Male (only ruddy accepted)
380
Abyssinian Female (only ruddy accepted)
381
Burmese Male
400
Burmese Female
401
Russian Blue Male
500
Russian Blue Female
501
AOC Male
890
AOC Female
891

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