Breed Timelines

BY KATHY DURDICK
Ristokat Himalayans & Persians

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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, and today, CFA currently accepts 37 different breeds for competition.

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

YEAR
BREED ACCEPTED
1953
  • Sable Burmese
1959
  • Himalayan
1964
  • Colorpoint Shorthair
  • Cornish Rex (known simply as the "Rex" when first accepted)
  • 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
  • Malayan was merged with the Burmese, 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 - Sable and Dilutes to compete as a single breed after this date
2011
  • Ragamuffin
Who will be next?

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