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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:21 pm 
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How do you know if your cat is show quality? I was just curious if any one thinks Sabre would be a good show cat? Ive always wanted to show but never had a purebred animal for it. Sabre has such great personality for something like that I'd really like to try it if at all possible. What do you think?


ETA: Oh, and links to his pictures and website are in my signature. His website isnt finished but Ive added quite a few pics to it and there are some in the blog as well.

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I'm no expert, but to me Sabre looks to be show quality. I really like his head and build, and he has very nice spots and rosettes on a warm-coloured coat. He even has a beautiful blond belly with nice spots on it :) His tail looks to be just right too, as long as he doesn't have a tiny knick on it (as many cats do).

I'd definetely try showing Sabre if I were you. If he also has a good personality for it, I'm sure he'll get used to shows after a few times. Go for it :)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:49 pm 
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Whats a knick? Like a kink in the tail? Sabres tail is straight as far as I can tell. The breeder told me his tail might be a bit too long and his ears are a bit big. But she also hasnt seen my most recent pictures. His tail looked very long when we first got him but it seems alot shorter now, at least much shorter than Tygers tail. I think even if he gets marked down for these things I might do it anyway just for the experience. We have a TICA show thats going to be in our city in December. It's walking distance, so Im considering. :)

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Sabre22 wrote:
Whats a knick? Like a kink in the tail?
Yes, we just call it a knick in Finland and I assumed it was the same in english :lol: Well, live and learn.

There's no such thing as a perfect cat. I'd say that every breed cat has at least one thing about them that's not "right"; the standard is just an ideal that breeders aim for. I'd say that Sabre is pretty close to that ideal, and definetely worth showing. Yes, his ears are a bit big, but I've seen bigger, and the ears will also grow smaller in proportion to the head as he grows. The tail... Well, usually the problem is that it's too short. A couple of small things is very little.

In the end it also comes down to how each judge interprets the standard, and what they personally like in a cat, when there are two cats who are both correct according to the standard.

Take Sabre to that TICA-show in December; then you'll see how it goes :)

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You can't know unless you try! :D

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:36 pm 
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Thanks for the help :) I think I will show him in December. It would be a good experience even if he doesn't do great. But we will see!

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A tail fault may be very subtle and not something you can see, but if you run his tail between your thumb and forefinger you may feel a kink or a small knot or just a small bump at the very end, those are tail faults and in a showing environment can get heavily penalised.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:12 pm 
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As far as I can tell he has no kink. I did have a cat in the past with a kink like that, and Sabres tail feels pretty normal. Are there measurements or anything for how long the tail can be? Im hoping his ears are just big because hes going to be big. He should be at least 14 lbs full grown, he weighed in at 5.4 lbs this morning and hes only one week over 3 months old.

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