Birman National Winners in CFA

BY KATHY DURDICK
Ristokat Himalayans & Persians

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The highest achievement in the CFA show ring is accomplished when a cat successfully earns the title of National Winner (NW). CFA established the title of Grand Champion in 1930 and the title of National Winner first appeared in 1971. In CFA, each year the top 25 cats in Championship, 25 Kittens and 25 cats in Premiership are awarded the NW title.

The Birman was first accepted by CFA in 1967. However, it wasn't until the 1988-89 show season before the Birmans had their first National Winner - a seal point female named GC, NW Pleasantview Lalique of Windflower.

To date, no Birman has earned a "Best" in any of the categories - the highest placing Birman was in the 2003-04 show season, when GP, NW Mysinhs Zenyatta Modatta, a blue point neuter, was CFA's 7th Best Alter.

In the 2001-02 show season, several new colors were accepted, including the lynx points - that year also saw the first lynx point National Winner, a seal lynx point female named GC, BW, NW Whitesox You Wild Little Indian.

Naming of Birmans is unique to only a few breeds - the Birman breeders follow the French tradition of naming all kittens born in a given year with names that start with the same letter of the alphabet. No letters are skipped, so it's a 26-year cycle before the same letter is used again... 2003 saw the start of a new cycle of names, with it being an "A" year.

Below is a table with the national winning Birmans including their name, color, sex, year of their win, and the award they earned.

If the cat's name is in blue text, you can click on it to see a photo of the cat. Championship cats names are on an orange background, kittens are on pink and alters are on a blue background.


Birman National Winners in CFA

Year Position Cat's Name Color Sex
1970-71
through
1987-88
No Birman National Winners
1988-89 9th Best Kitten GC, NW Pleasantview Lalique of Windflower, DM Seal Point F
1989-90 No Birman National Winners
1990-91 No Birman National Winners
1991-92 17th Best Cat GC, NW Shadowsnlace Nitro of Junsui Seal Point M
1992-93 No Birman National Winners
1993-94 8th Best Kitten GC, NW Pleasantview Qati, DM Seal Point M
1994-95 12th Best Kitten GC, NW Pleasantview's Risky Business Blue Point M
1995-96 No Birman National Winners
1996-97 No Birman National Winners
1997-98 No Birman National Winners
1998-99 11th Best Kitten GC, NW Bojacat Vabulous Blue Point F
8th Best Alter GP, NW Pleasantview Unsung Hero Seal Point N  
1999-00 11th Best Cat GC, NW Bitaheaven Vandal Blue Point M
2000-01 No Birman National Winners
2001-02 12th Best Cat GC, BW, NW Whitesox You Wild Little Indian Seal Lynx Point F
2002-03 16th Best Alter GC, GP, NW Mysinhs Xavier Seal Point N
2003-04 9th Best Cat GC, BW, NW Forevermore's Zuzim of Buttonball Seal Point M
7th Best Alter GP, NW Mysinhs Zenyatta Modatta Blue Point N
2004-05 No Birman National Winners
2005-06 No Birman National Winners
2006-07 20th Best Cat GC, BW, NW Mysinhs Chain-Of-Fools Seal Point M
2007-08 13th Best Alter GC, GP, NW Saskattery Toulouse Latreker Seal Point N
2008-09 No Birman National Winners
2009-10 No Birman National Winners
2010-11 5th Best Alter GP, NW Pixydust's Ghirardelli of Whitesox Chocolate Point N
2011-12 13th Best Kitten GC, BW, NW Whitesox Illini Blue Lynx Point F
2012-13 No Birman National Winners
2013-14 BEST ALTER GP, NW Sandesox Just Sweetness of Whitesox Blue Point N
2014-15 3rd Best Alter GP, NW Sandesox Just Sweetness of Whitesox Blue Point N
2015-16 5th Best Alter, Regions 1-9 GPD, NW Sandesox Just Sweetness of Whitesox Blue Point N
2016-17 21st Best Cat, Regions 1-9 GC, BWR, NW Quailridge McJagger of Kyatwo Seal Point M

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