As the cat fancy becomes more global, it is increasingly common that breeders from different part of the world and different registries are considering purchasing cats from one another. In evaluating a cat's show record and titles on pedigrees, a breeder needs to know the meaning of those titles.
FIFE is an umbrella registry. FIFe stands for Fédération International Féline - French for the International Feline Federation. FIFe is a federation of national members representing, as of August 2004, thirty nine different cat organizations in thirty seven countries. The member organizations follow the same rules with regard to cat breed standards, cattery names, shows, and judges.
IPD stands for the Independent. Together, FIFe and IDP are the two major cat fancy organizations in Europe
FIFe & IDP Show Titles Explanation:
This is an explanation of the FIFe and IDP title system on the shows, meant as a help for those of you who are more used to the TICA and CFA system.
- BIV (Best In Variety = Best Of Colour) – There must be three cats to give this award and the neuters are competing by themselves, and to gain this title the cat has to receive at least 95 points (If there are more then 3 cats in a BIV category then they are divided into BIV kitten 3-6 month, BIV kitten 6-10 month and BIV adult) In Independent are all cat competing against each other for the BIV and the neuters are in the same competition as the unneutered
- BIG (Best In Group = Best In Division) - The divisions are divided into Solid-, Tabby-, Himalayan-, Bi-colour and at last silver-group (Independent counts the Parti-Color division to solid and Silver & Golden division is together with the Smoke & Shaded division in the Silver group)
- BIR (Best In Raise) – The best cat in the raise it’s the same as best of breed in CFA except the Persian that are divided to different divisions in CFA and Independent don’t divide the Persians to different divisions
- NOM (Nomination) – All judges take out their NOM for the BIS panel and they are divided into NOM adult male / female, NOM neuter male / female, NOM kitten 3-6 month and NOM kitten 6-10 month. To gain this title the cat has to receive at least 97 points.
- BIS (Best In Show) – Are divided into BIS adult, BIS neuter (if a male is BIS the female get the BOX-title (Best Opposite Sex)), BIS kitten 3-6 month and BIS kitten 6-10 month (In the kitten class both genders are competing together)
- BOB (Best Of Best) – Best cat in the category
(FIFe divide the cats into four categories; I Longhair, II Semi longhair, III Shorthair and IV Siamese & Oriental)
(Independent divide the cats into three categories; I Longhair, II Semi longhair and III Shorthair)
- Best Over All – Best cat in the show (best of all the BOB cats that are competing against each other to gain this title
DSM (Distinguished Show Merit) - A cat must have been Best In Show at least 10 times. It has to be at least two years and one day from the first to the last Best In Show the gain this title.
(This is a new title so Best In Shows earned before 2003 is not counted for the DSM title)
This title is placed as a suffix
JW (Junior Winner) - A kitten (3-10 months of age) must have been Best In Show at least 5 times to gain this title
This title is placed as a suffix.
DM (Distinguished Merit) - A female cat must have produced at least 5 cats which gained the title IC / IP and a male cat mush have produced at least 10 cats which gained the title IC / IP
This title is placed as a suffix.
Titles Earned In Specialty Category Shows:
WW (World Winner) – This title is given to all cats that gain a BIS on the special WW show that are arranged once yearly and a suffix containing the year is added to this title. For example if a cat gains the WW title in 2003 the title would be WW’03.
SW (Scandinavian Winner) – This title is given to all cats that gain a BIS on the special SW show that are arranged once yearly and a suffix containing the year is added to this title. For example if a cat gains the SW title in 2003 the title would be SW’03.