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Only breeds recognized by a nationâ€™s cat breederâ€™s association can compete for shows. The American chapter is the Cat Fanciersâ€™ Association (CFA.) Each nationâ€™s chapter may or may not recognize the same breeds as does the worldâ€™s largest breed registry, The International Cat Association (TICA.)
Some cat breeders are not scrupulous about what breeds are allowed in TICA or CFA sanctioned shows. They may sell a cat or kitten claiming that the breed is sanctioned when it is not or claim that a breed will be sanctioned "soon." Always check TICA or the CFAâ€™s websites for the most current list of recognized breeds.
TICA splits cat breeds into four categories for competition and registry purposes. These five categories are:
1. Championship Breeds: Conventional recognized cat breeds
2. Non-championship Breeds: Mixed breeds that can enter fun â€œHousehold Petsâ€ classes that do not go towards Best In Show
3. Preliminary New Breeds: Rare, recently developed purebreds with a limited following that cannot compete for Best In Show
4. Advanced New Breeds: Recently developed breeds that are soon to be recognized by TICA as a Championship Breed